Bedside Toxicology

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Review by Dorothy Parvaz

Say you have a small animal you'd like to sacrifice, and you're having a hard time finding just the right album to do it to. You've painted a pentagram on your basement floor, lit all the black candles you could get your hands on and even invited all the cutest cult members over for the event and... gasp! No tunes!

Enter Bedside Toxicology, music to perform ritual sacrifice by.

Although there isn't a single song on the album about killing animals (or wooing fellow cult members by throwing a great sacrificial shindig), this is a dark disc. Just check out the industrial remake of Petula Clark's cream-puff hit, "Downtown" (the track best suited as the musical accompaniment to your macabre activities) and you'll get a glimpse at the sick minds at work behind Bedside Toxicology.

(Speaking of which... Nivek Ogre, former Skinny Puppy frontman, is one of the two guys in Rx (the other being a fellow named Martin Atkins), so you might be able to understand where this album comes from -- i.e., a grim and noisy place.)

Just to fuck with your head, the album opens with "Scarecrow," a folksy song; but 30 seconds into the second track, "K Y Re:amin," you pretty much know you're in for a dark trip. From the klink n' klank of "Imago" to the strange yet familiar sounds of "For Dusts and Mists," Bedside Toxicology is consistently creepy, although it certainly doesn't push any envelopes.

Artist Contact Info: Invisible Records, P.O. Box 16008, Chicago, IL, 60616, USA

First published in Drop-D Magazine on December 5, 1998

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