Little did I know that Play Dead recently re-re-re-released “From The Promised Land” recently on Anagram/Cherry Red. This is a cracker but had a difficult birth – plagued with poor mastering and un-necessary re-issues. So what about this one?
With nine bonus tracks this collection represents Play Deads’s most eclectic collection, ranging from cavernous semi industrial rock as demonstrated on ‘Break’, ‘Solace’, and the classic ‘Isabel’, through to the twisted funk of ‘Holy Holy’, and ‘No Motive’, to dark ethereal cold wave synth of ‘Conspiracy’ all powered by rigid militaristic beats.
Play Dead managed to blend grinding metallic shards of guitar with the sort of dark driving funky bass lines 23 Skidoo would be proud of, add to this brooding hypnotic synth’s weaving between semi chanted semi sung snatched vocals confronting the audience with their threatening lyrical themes, and it’s clear to see why Play Dead were the outsiders in the developing goth scene, they offered a less immediate sound; theirs was darker, the tracks walked with a sinister gait which demanded more of its audience; Play Dead certainly rewarded the inquisitive – there isn’t a weak track on this album, it’s so good to hear “Return To The East” once again..
I would suggest Play Dead failed (themselves) by allowing themselves to be tagged with the other goth bands when their sound sat much more comfortably alongside Killing Joke and Ministry as they too turned towards the harsher industrial beats.
For anyone interested in the development of the UK post punk scene, and those with more interest in the true goth scene as opposed to the ability to buy a stick of mascara and a pair of New Rocks this album is a very welcome light to shine into the darkness.
read MUCH MORE at Play Dead ‘From The Promised Land’ – album review.
- Torn On Desire
- Walk Away
- Return To The East
- No Motive
- Holy Holy
- Weeping Blood
- Break (Bonus Track)
- Bloodstains (Bonus Track)
- Solace (Bonus Track)
- Pale Fire (Bonus Track)
- Sacrosanct (Bonus Track)
- Conspiracy (Bonus Track)
- Bloodstains Pleasure (Bonus Track)
- Solace (Extended Version) (Bonus Track)
- Holy Holy (Catholic Mix) (Bonus Track)