Born To Die will delight fans of short-lived anarcho-punk crew Cyanide Scenario, as the material contained within has never previously been released! Recorded in 1986, the last year of the group’s existence, for a split that never came into being. Slightly gothy anarcho goodness, with track titles like ‘Awayday To Auschwitz’. Released at last as a mini-LP by Inflammable Material.
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Cyanide Scenario were a goth band that actually existed in the appropriate happy hour of the genre, also known as the ‘80s. Their gloomy, ever-meandering rock songs are of their spooky time, and creep on 2017 like a frightening relic; being from the city of goths, it scares me none, but their last will and testament is a lovely slice of history and an homage to the world they lived in.
The song titles are gruesome and transgressive, fixated on death and called things like “Awayday to Auschwitz”, but they stand up as exuberant amateur pop songs: with a clear-as day-production (belied by the soft distortion that often hides underneath) they throw out their ramshackle songwriting with glee, letting the chords churn perpetually into biligerint basslines. Between the emphatic percussion and quite jangly melodic approach, the ‘anarcho-goth’ of Cyanide Scenario strikes somewhere between twee and industrial, stuck between the genre’s softness and the noisier future ahead. It’s on “Professionals” the guitars start to bleed and smack with discordance, and even here the band retain a centering tunefulness.
Justin Broadrick apparently wanted this EP to be the first release on his new label, back in the day; here it is now, instead, a good thirty years on? Good grief.
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