“Wax Wings Will Burn” is the third full-length album from the monstrously seductive act SHIV-R. The duo comprised of Pete Crane and Ben Bulig has carved out a name as an “elegant yet hard-hitting” force in the industrial landscape with club-staples such as “Parasite” and “Pharmaceutical Grade” haunting alternative dancefloors the world over. Through festival shows and headlining tours throughout Europe and America the band have delivered their provocative visuals and high-energy stage show to thousands of stomping feet, and their flamboyantly dark visual edge combined with harsh yet dynamic music has lead the press to coin the term "Lace Industrial" to describe their unique genre.
With their previous EP “Shadow Between Worlds”, SHIV-R hinted at a more evolved approach, combining the high-octane aggression of songs such as “Talent for Violence” with more intimate and vocally expressive songs such as “Blood Rose”; a song which Thomas Rainer of NACHTMAHR called ‘the best industrial ballad of the past years’. “Wax Wings Will Burn” doesn’t stand in the way of this evolution and delivers sounds as diverse as the dirty electro of “Eye of the Needle”, the industrial aggression of “Shadow With a Voice” and the psychological horror-inducing sound design of the closing piece “Lifelike”.
With the growth of the project, Crane and Bulig have seen the highs and lows that come with the territory, from the insatiable crowds of Mexico City and the pulsing halls of Germany’s Wave Gotik Treffen, to the controversial blowback from their provocative imagery leading to outraged individuals labeling the act "Krank und Gestört" (sick and disturbed). The lyrical themes of "Wax Wings Will Burn" are as lofty as its Icarus-themed title; the triumphs and trials hang like artificial wings that give hope in the possibility of feats no mortal could achieve, or weigh heavily towards the ground. SHIV-R as an entity is above all a self-made monster created from nothing, just like any individual who chooses an alternative lifestyle instead of the default life-path presented by the mainstream.
“And now it’s time to see your life through another monster’s eyes”