“Name the Greatest Darkwave/Synthpop album of 2016”



“And do you not dare say The Sweeteest Conditon

Nicholas “THE SWEETEST CONDITION”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Teacher “What did  f@*# did you  just say to Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






THE SWEETEST CONDITION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As a publication we are a DEATH METAL age publication and a AVANT-GARDE METAL-age publication, and of course Avant-Garde Metal has its roots in Gothic Metal….During The 1980’s there was a brilliant New Wave of British Heavy Metal Movement, which as a mirror of what was going on in rock and roll music it was called New Wave Music. It was a avant-garde approach to punk rock. In the 1980’s I listened to a lot of Blonde Missing Persons, Berlin, The Cars, Gary Numan, and now-a-days CSS, The Birthday Massacre, and The Sweetest Condition.
The reason I wanted to do this article is because were are heavily on the Symphonic/ Classical/ Gothic/ Industrial side of things alongside Extreme Metal. Horror Metal, Dark Metal, Gothic Metal. And in avant-garde there is barriers on music, just directional vision. I have to say out of all the bands I my music collection and the thousands of band I have seen live. I can remember what magazine I read about them in first, and was I first day buyer. But The Sweetest Condition I can not remember, which is funny, because this is the only band on earth. “How did I find out about this band”??? No idea, it does not really matter. I am pretty sure everyone in the Gothic/ Avant-Garde/ Industrial/ Darkwave style has the same record collections, but every year, it comes down to ranking/rating albums.
The Sweetest Condition is one of my favorite bands in there style alongside Brazilian artist CSS, and The Missing Persons.
Now in the upper left hand corner it does say
World-Class Heavy Metal. And if I find World-Class Music no matter the genre, I will say something about it. The Gold Standard it is a noun and it is defined as

…the best, most reliable, or most prestigious thing of its type…

Every Musician on Planet Metal for ranking as a Heavy Metal Keyboard Player will be put up against

Jason Reed Milner


I try to read every top 100 list World-wide for every genre we cover, but this was a band that just ended up in my collection, because I always first look for World-Class Vocalist first and it the band rules beyond belief, also. That is just a added bonus!!!!

They highest ranked/rated bands we cover are bands that keep a constant vision on there music originality, and the most highest ranked/ rated metal bands here are bands in the Gothic Symphonic Metal realm. Style, our favorite albums here most of them are post 1990 when Keyboards were started being used in heavy metal.


There is 20 days left in 2016 and every year, we look for the best KEYBOARD PLAYER, the Best FEMALE VOCALIST

International and Norway, were actually a Specialized press for TRUE NORWEGIAN GOTHIC METAL and TRUE NORWEGIAN AVANT-GARDE METAL, and Dark Metal, Horror Metal and Gothic Metal. And with no hesitation. I say in your serious record collection, find your two favorite Heavy Metal’s Heavy on the Gothic/Symphonic side of things and add this band to your collection as fast as you can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is a clue…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I never write about a band UNLESSS I payed for there music with my OWN

 hard earned ca$h


And when I think about what albums have had the most spins in my CD player in 2016….The Sweetest Condition “Edge of The World” and The Sweetest Condition “We Defy Oblivion” get tons and tons of spins on my CD player. In between spins of the best albums by Type O Negeative and The Vision Bleak…who we did a write-up about a week ago..!!!!!!!


4 Genres Metal / Gothic/ Avant-Garde/ Classical each have 700 top bands I have at the top of my want-list!!!!

And in the merry-go-round of the news cycle. Todays is The Sweetest Condition DAY!!!!!


So when I decide who had the best KEYBOARD ALBUM IN HEAVY METAL in 2016 —- I will say right away

Jason Reed Milner is our WINNER in his category for the best Synth/Keyboard player in 2016 !!!!





The Sweetest Condition  features The Following World-Class Musician and Synth play Jason Reed Milner (Music + Synths) and World-Class Vocalist Leslie Irene Benson (Lyrics + Vocals).

So if I ever stop doing the news service, and get down to the top 100’s of all-time…!!!!!!!! Jason Reed Milner will be on our TOP 100 Synth/Keyboard Players of this decade and the 21st Century…!!!!



“We Defy Oblivion” blends The Sweetest Condition’s signature synthpop sound with electrorock and industrial influences, paired with thought-provoking lyrics. The album is the follow-up to the duo’s 2015 debut self-release, “Edge of the World.” For this second full-length album, Leslie I. Benson (lyrics + vocals) and Jason Reed Milner (music + synths + guitars) welcome back producer Joel Lauver of Burning Bridge Recordings in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lyrically, the new album explores the current chaotic state of the world, interpersonal relationships and what it feels like when things hit a boiling point.

“We’re exploring much more aggressive territory with this release. We finally get a chance to say what’s been on our minds,” Benson says. “There’s no tiptoeing through this album. It’s meant to make you question what you think you know about the world.”


“The Sweetest Condition is bound to land on some folks’ album of the year lists!” –Steven Gullotta, Brutal Resonance

Read the in-depth Q&A with The Sweetest Condition about the new album, published by Brutal Resonance, Nov. 3, 2016:

Read the exclusive interview with The Sweetest Condition about “We Defy Oblivion,” published by Infrared Magazine, Nov. 3, 2016:

***** ALBUM REVIEW – 5/5 STARS! *****

“‘We Defy Oblivion’: Electro-Industrial pumps through its veins. There’s a nice slice of Metal running throughout the soul of the album. A smattering of Gothic swish and charm spice up the mix. It’s a unique combination of genres that is perfectly forged and superbly used. There is such power, diversity, talent, passion, love and so much more involved in this album that it is almost overwhelming. It’s pure magnificence made audio.” – His Divine Shadow, 925|Rebellion, Oct. 28, 2016,

***** ALBUM REVIEW – 9.5/10 STARS! *****

“There is something about this album and this band that keeps me coming back to them, time and time again. The chimera style is breathtaking; the genres combined work so well together on so many levels.” –John Crofts, Brutal Resonance, Nov. 1, 2016,

***** MORE REVIEWS *****

“Undoubtedly, this band is heading big and the album shows the path of their artistic evolution. If you’re a fan of industrial and synth music that speaks directly without any hidden agendas, ‘We Defy Oblivion’ should be on your wish list.” –Marija Buljeta, ALTvenger Magazine, UK, Nov. 14, 2016,

“I highly recommend this album to anyone who enjoys female vocalists and/or electronic music. Cause yeah, the band really hit a home run with this. … They seem to take the sort of critical and energetic commentary we see in bands like KMFDM and Nine Inch Nails, and add a whole new depth to it, all while twisting things into an almost empowering note. It’s a refreshing to come out of an album that is both taking the world seriously, but simultaneously seeing the hope that we can choose to embrace and that recognizes the need for us to reach a better place.” – The Sweetest Condition “We Defy Oblivion” Album Review, by Matthew Delbert Aaron Smith, The Infidel Netwerk, 5/5 Stars, Nov. 2, 2016,—We-Defy-Oblivion

“From the moment you start the album, you get sucked in.” –Liesbet Willems, Luminous Dash, Belgium, Nov. 3, 2016,

“It’s industrial with a pinch of pop and a touch of rock. If you accept this genre mix challenge, we strongly recommend you ‘We Defy Oblivion.’” –Thomas Frenken, Electrozombies, Germany, 3.9/5 Stars, Nov. 2, 2016,


released November 4, 2016

“We Defy Oblivion” ℗ © 2016 The Sweetest Condition

The Sweetest Condition is:
Lyrics + Vocals: Leslie Irene Benson (ASCAP)
Music + Synths + Guitars: Jason Reed Milner (ASCAP)

01. “Deconstructing”
02. “Faithless”
03. “Don’t Cross Me”
04. “Knock Us Down”
05. “Keep Turning Me On”
06. “Vices”
07. “Depths of Hell”
08. “Burn This City”
09. “Nein Nein Nein”
10. “Unforgiven”

“We Defy Oblivion” ℗ © 2016 The Sweetest Condition. All songs written and performed by The Sweetest Condition. Unauthorized reproduction of this recording is prohibited by Federal law and subject to criminal prosecution. All Rights Reserved. Music (synths + guitars) written, arranged and produced by Jason Reed Milner. Lyrics and vocals by Leslie Irene Benson. Mixed and mastered by Joel Lauver, Burning Bridge Recordings, Nashville, TN. Published by Jason Reed Milner Publishing (ASCAP) and Leslie Irene Benson Publishing (ASCAP). Photos by Jason Reed Milner Photography. Cover artwork and design by Leslie Irene Benson and Jason Reed Milner.

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Release Date
April 30, 2013
Industrial Synthpop
Leslie Irene Benson (Lyrics + Vocals) / Jason Reed Milner (Music + Synths)
Nashville, TN
Record Label
Female-Fronted Industrial Synthpop |
New album “We Defy Oblivion” out Nov. 04, 2016!

THE SWEETEST CONDITION is a female-fronted industrial synthpop band, featuring Leslie I. Benson (lyrics + vocals) and Jason Reed Milner (music + synths + guitars). The new album “We Defy Oblivion” will be released on Bandcamp in November 2016! Thanks for your support!

The Sweetest Condition blends iconic sounds of the ’80s and industrial muscle of the ’90s with cinematic soundscapes, deriving inspiration from Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, The Birthday Massacre and others.

After releasing their five-song EP, “Truth & Light,” in April 2013, the duo moved from Indianapolis, Indiana, to Nashville, Tennessee, where they teamed up with sound engineer Joel Lauver of Burning Bridge Recordings to produce their debut full-length album, “Edge of the World,” which was released on Aug. 28, 2015. A second full-length album, “We Defy Oblivion,” is set for release in November 2016.

The Sweetest Condition has also released new music on compilation albums from E-Con Records, Conzoom, Electrozombies, and others. The band is planning a 2017 tour, and a third full-length album is in the works.

Digital downloads are available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon MP3 and other digital retail stores. Physical copies are available on CD Baby.

– “We Defy Oblivion”: For Release in November 2016!
– “Edge of the World”: Released on Aug. 28, 2015.
– “Truth & Light” EP: Released April 30, 2013.

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