Grave Concerns – THINGS OUTSIDE THE SKIN “YKIAA” (2006)

Review Source: Grave Concerns E-Zine
Release: You Knew It All Along
Label: Facility Records

Man this is some crazy dope aggro-industrial music. THINGS OUTSIDE THE SKIN are highly musical and diverse. From industrial to dark-techno to hip-hop to horror and sci-fi themes. An aggressive format with driving and forceful sounds that are very interesting. The band is also into politics, speaking their minds on things that annoy them and how stupid President Bush and corporations can be by starting a war for nothing in the song “American Way”. Some of their songs have a meanings with a sense of humour that have a strong points on some subjects, like “Cow Tippin”, which talks about experiments on cows, which is the food-chain topper in fast food restaurants. A song about the late great Hollywood actor/comedian Phil Hartman who was killed by his third wife in the song “Another Dead Comedian” is also interesting. It’s a tripped out headspin bass kicking track.

They even cover the Spice Girls “Spice Up Your Life”. I even like the remix version better called “Slice Up Your Wife Mix” by Hypoid because it’s very more danceable and on a darker industrial edge.

T.O.T.S. third release “You Knew It All Along” justified what it’s all about in being creative while making industrial music and twisting it in different ways… making it fun, silly and groovy. Fans of Skinny Puppy, Devo, and hip-hop/rap will enjoy this disc.

-review by Donovan Tate




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