Review Source: ChainDLK
Official Site: www.chaindlk.com
Artist: THINGS OUTSIDE THE SKIN
Release: You Knew it all Along
Label: Facility Records
Rated: 4 stars
THINGS OUTSIDE THE SKIN are back for their fifth release, â€œYou Knew it all Along.â€ t.o.t.s. is Chvad SB (vocals/programming), Blight Productions (bass), and The 1-2-3-4 (drums), interesting names to add to the curiousness of this colorful new release. t.o.t.s.â€™ sound is composed of, basically, dirty gangster rap above spooky and aged sci-fi themesâ€”or, better put, a nightmarish amusement park moving in slow motion.
My first impression about this release was that it would be blatantly evil with not much intrinsic value, however; upon listening and reading the lyrics I was quick to discover this band actually has a healthy(?) sense of humor, and a smart approach to their subject matter that is quickly infectious.
While Iâ€™m not a big fan of industrial rap, THINGS OUTSIDE THE SKIN does an extremely convincing job of merging the two genres, and does it better than most acts Iâ€™ve heard. t.o.t.s. is not, by any means, limited to rapâ€”as they show an affinity for EBM and touch on a variety of other genres. Regardless your interests, though, t.o.t.s.’ violating cover of the Spice Girlsâ€™ â€œSpice up Your Lifeâ€ alone is well worth any price asked for this album.
Review by: Shaun Phelps