BLU ANXXIETY - "PLAAY DEAD" LP
We are always frothing at the prospect of a new release on New York label Toxic State, who first brought us the best of Ground Zero hardcore, the New New Breed: bands like Crazy Spirit, Dawn of Humans, Hank Wood and the Hammerheads.
The next wave of Toxic State has released some truly bizarre and no less memorable records. Standouts there include the Pinoccio, Anti-Machine and Dollhouse records for the rockers, and L.O.T.I.O.N. and Blu Anxxiety for the electronic murderers.
Blu Anxxiety are a mutant strain of violent industrial goth punk that call to mind the early Ministry and Nitzer Ebb: club beats layered with all kinds of atrocity, vocals delivered in romantic gothic declarations or spat out in absurd couplets that continually reference graves, coffins, and the sweet scent of repressive agents of state control who are rotting inside them.
Plaay Dead is a bizarre and confronting listen, continually humorous and simultaneously deadpan in a way few bands can manage to balance effectively. Shameless cliches are delivered in continuous references to the vampiric and undead, like chanting of "Dracula" or "Transylvania". In the hands of mere mortals this would seem trite when balanced against references to police violence and state control, but the immortal Blu Anxxiety are a unique horrorshow, joining New York's L.O.T.I.O.N. in crafting something that draws from industrial and post-punk with the requisite savagery and intensity you'd anticipate from a Toxic State record. Plaay Dead is certain to beguile the squares and fascinate the freaks! DARK FREESTYLE!
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