Wasting no time in throwing us right into the firestorm of beats that their latest single contains, BLXPLTN attack the rhythm of “Zzeerro (Dying for You to Get Rich)” as if their very lives depended on it, and whether you’re consuming the track via its original studio version or through the means of an artful, albeit grimly surreal, music video that was made in support of its release, it’s guaranteed to make an impression on you this March.
BLXPLTN are known for coloring outside the lines when they get into the studio to make new music, but in this cut, they effectively change the pace of their scene by introducing a sound more fearsome than any I can recall reviewing in the last couple of months.
While I wasn’t very familiar with the extended discography of this act prior to getting lost in the waves of distorted noise contained within “Zzeerro (Dying for You to Get Rich),” I was instantly blown away by the multidimensional construction of this most recent recording. There’s a raw physicality to both the mix and the music itself that almost transcends the sonic parameters of the studio altogether in this track, and while I’m certain it would sound even more angst-ridden and anthemic in person, there’s no getting around the fact that BLXPLTN pulled out all the stops to make this single sound and feel like a live performance tonally.
I hear shades of a Danzig-fronted Misfits, early Ministry, GG Allin and even the surrealism of Sonic Youth in “Zzeerro (Dying for You to Get Rich),” but more than anything else, I hear a band that is primed to make a cratering impact on the rock n’ roll world this year.
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