Slow Death is the debut release (7" EP) by Swedish rockers The Leather Nun.
Singer Jonas Almquist landed a recording contract for a single with Industrial Records. He recorded "Death Threats" at Bagger Studio engineered by Magnus Bagger on December 14, 1978. In order to record a b-side he formed The Leather Nun in Gothenburgh, Sweden, in February 1979.
The band was road-tested during a festival in March 1979 and then recorded "No Rule", "Ensam i natt" and "Slow Death" at Chall Sound Studio on May 25, 1979 engineered by Challe Åström to choose from for the b-side.
Industrial Records could not decide and the single ended up a 7" EP and was released in November 1979. In the same year "Slow Death" hit No. 1 in Germany's Musik Express Alternative Charts.
The cover art by Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson shows a man sitting in a chair with wounds obviously inflicted by fire.
The music on this record sounds very dark, tuneful and dangerous. Compared to the group's later recordings the songs are heavily industrial and abrasive.
When re-released as LP in August 1986 a long live version of "Slow Death", recorded live at the Scala Cinema in London on February 29, 1980, was added as new b-side. The live version featured Genesis P-Orridge on violin and Monte Cazazza on synthesizer, and had been previously released on the Live at Scala cassette by Industrial Records. The songs from the original EP filled now the a-side, but "Ensam i natt" was exchanged with a different version, previously released in July 1984 on Criminal Damage Records.
The cover art was changed to show a pattern of skulls resembling the shape of the African continent.
The record has not been re-released as CD.
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