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Carpenter Brut Releases New Album Leather Terror Today Via Universal, With Lead Tracks

Carpenter Brut Releases New Album Leather Terror Today Via Universal

With Lead Tracks “Imaginary Fire” Featuring Greg Puciato (Formerly Dillinger Escape Plan) And “The Widow Maker” Featuring Alex Westaway (Gunship) & Music Video Starring Actor Dylan Sprouse

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North America Tour Planned For Summer 2022

French synthwave icon Carpenter Brut has just released his brand new album Leather Terror today via Universal Records. Leather Terror is the second in Carpenter Brut’s Leather album trilogy, the next chapter following his widely acclaimed 2018 album Leather Teeth. That album featured in numerous Best Album lists across the board of rock, alternative and electronic music that year. Kerrang championed the mysterious French artist as one of the Best Live Bands On Earth whilst Carpenter Brut was also honoured as a performer at the Metal Hammer awards.

While Leather Teeth was in part a celebratory take on ‘80s glam rock, in his new opus, Carpenter Brut – across the space of twelve tracks – gets more malevolent, documenting the rise of his protagonist as a serial killer who wants to take revenge on all those who mistreated him when he was younger.

Leather Terror reflects both a serial killer, and an artist, in their prime: Bold and daring while full of shock and awe, creating a true spectacle out of great darkness with a flamboyant disregard for rules.

The albums form the soundtrack of an imagined movie from 1987. The previous record introduced the story of Bret Halford, an introverted science student. He liked a girl who didn’t like him and much preferred the team’s star quarterback. Bret got mad and tried to create a concoction that would allow him to control them all, but ends up disfigured and decides instead to become a rock star. This is how he will seduce the girl, and all other girls: By becoming Leather Teeth, singer of Leather Patrol.

Regarding the album, Carpenter Brut has said, "After spending much of 2018 touring, I had decided to take a long break to compose the new album of the trilogy. The pandemic confirmed that my choice to stay home was the right one. I ended up taking over a year and a half to compose this album. I made a lot of decisions with the time I had that I wouldn't have had time to make if the pandemic hadn't happened. I wanted to make the whole thing as massive as possible. There is no guitar on this album. I did everything with synths. Even though I didn't know exactly how I wanted the album to sound at first, I knew I wanted it to be massive and violent.”

Leather Terror is flanked by two lead singles, the colossal synthrock anthem “Imaginary Fire” featuring vocalist Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Killer Be Killed, The Black Queen) as well as “The Widow Maker,” featuring Alex Westaway of Gunship on the pummelling synth pop track.

See the video for “Imaginary Fire” directed by Dehn Sora here:

See the video for “The Widow Maker” directed by the Deka Brothers and starring actor Dylan Sprouse as Bret Halford here:

Here’s what the media has been saying about Leather Terror:

Leather Terror is an album of pure, devilish joy from an artist who completely understands what they're doing … Metal and synthwave gloriously clash throughout, and it's brilliant.” —Kerrang

“If the majority of Leather Terror doesn’t just make you want to get up and dance to all of its sublimely banging, schlocky glory then there’s a very good chance that Carpenter Brut’s fictional killer got to you in one of his earlier installments.” —Metal Hammer

“Carpenter Brut is back to get you dancing! Leather Terror is all the driving, quasi-industrial, synth stuff you've come to expect and love. This time you're getting a diverse roster of guest spots from Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan), Ulver, Sylvaine, and more.” —Metal Injection

“Despite the lack of guitars, Leather Terror is often just as vicious as anything from the world of metal as drums pound relentlessly, vocals range from the ethereal to the demonic, and looming keyboards slice and dice with ruthless efficiency through the album’s more aggressive cuts. In movie trilogies, the second entry can often prove to be the weakest but this isn’t the case here as the sequel expands and even improves on the superb original. Roll on the final part.” —Ghost Cult


  1. Opening Title

  2. Straight Outta Hell

  3. The Widow Maker

  4. Imaginary Fire

  5. ... Good Night, Goodbye

  6. Day Stalker

  7. Night Prowler

  8. Lipstick Masquerade

  9. Color Me Blood

  10. Stabat Mater

  11. Paradisi Gloria

  12. Leather Terror

Carpenter Brut will also be returning to North America this summer with a series of 13 tour dates announced for the U.S. and Canada, kicking off August 18 in Los Angeles and running through September 3 in Silver Spring, Maryland.


August 2022

18 Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda

19 Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Vegas Festival

20 San Francisco, CA @ UC Theater

22 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

23 Seattle, WA @ Showbox

26 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity

27 Chicago, IL @ Metro

28 Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom

30 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

31 Montreal, QC @ MTelus

September 2022

01 Boston, MA @ Royale

02 New York, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

03 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore

Tickets are on sale now at the following link:

About Carpenter Brut

Carpenter Brut draws its influences from ‘80s TV shows and B-movies loaded with synthesizers. The mysterious and discreet man evokes an encounter between Justice beats and the universe of John Carpenter. The French act pays tribute to the post-hippie/pre-AIDS culture that then set the basis of electro and metal to give us a unique, violent and crazy ‘80s revival sound. Over the last decade he built a successful career, as a major act from the darksynth scene. He has toured the world with acts like Ghost and Ministry and performed at well-known festivals such as Coachella & SXSW, and has accumulated 366 million streams of his music worldwide.

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