Toxicanima1 is the project of one artist that
has gained attention for his unique approach to music. This attention has been
controversial as he has focused on his diverse background to form a style that
is different than the styles in the music world. Some love it and some dislike
it, but it is something that has had a ripple effect in the musicians that he
has worked with as it has shown new avenues to them. In this respect alone, he
has been giving a revitalizing jolt to some genres that would otherwise have
been oblivious to some of the paths he is taking in his music.
What (Band): Most musicians focus on related styles of music and seldom
make leaps into styles that are alien to their root genres of music. Charlie has
roots that are not directly tied to the Electronic world of music and then leapt
into this family of genres. The transition has been bumpy in the development,
but the result has had multiple impacts. The first is that he has developed a
style that originates from Metal and the harder elements of Dance music. Some
would say this is just Electro-Industrial or Aggrotech, but his progression is
not totally linear to these genres. This distinction has made for a style that
is different than what is in the market and has helped some of the other artists
see the potential in Electro-Industrial and Aggrotech in the aspects where is
direction of music is similar to theirs. Where Toxicanima1 will go in the future
is unknown, but they are one of the few artists that are forging a direction in
music that no others have explored as he is.
The second aspect in what Toxicanima1 presents is influences of Experimental,
Ambient, and aspects of the Industrial family of music into his songs. This is
largely due to his efforts in bridging his background into those of the existing
styles in the music world today. This has created new avenues in genres that
were not there in the past and depending on how he progresses could provide new
insights to possible fusion genres in the future.
Why (Song):Decoys has shown a stronger
foundation in Electro-Industrial and EDM that is fluid in approach. This is one
of the songs that shows a path in where he can create some very impressive music
based on how he has utilized his older Metal centered skills and fused them into
the newer Electronic music base he has now. This made Decoys a good song
to match up with other aggressive songs and where it shows a good glimpse in
future works that Toxicanima1 will likely be making.
Where (Song):The aggressive feel of the song makes Decoys
an ideal song to play with other aggressive styles of music that can be found in
Aggrotech and Electro-Industrial. Some ideal bands that would work well with
this song would be Mordacious, Combichrist, and Hocico. Decoys also would
make good for a mini set that is designed to transition from one style of music
to another. This versatility and overall feel of the song would make it ideal
for dance clubs, home music sets, and the car where you are playing it with
other songs that fit its style.
How (Song):As stated above, Toxicanima1 has been going
through an evolution in its music and overall direction in music. Decoys
shows a cohesive style and certain distinctive qualities that makes it a good
looking glass into a likely direction that Toxicanima1 is taking in the music
made. This particular direction is one that fits well with existing styles, but
shows elements from Charlie's roots that promises to make the music original. In
the unique direction he is presenting it makes Decoys and the future
music by Tocicanima1 ideal for those that like a dance beat in their music with
an edge to the presentation.
Cocktail (Sounds Like): 1 part Mordacious + 1/2 part Combichrist + 1/2 part
Combine it all at a fast pace and add a couple of ghost
peppers to give it a bite.
Draven Taylor's Note: I have had the honor of chatting and getting to
know Charlie. When we first chatted he was still developing Toxicanima1 and it
has been very inspiring to seed how it has developed into what it is now. I know
he will face some opposition in pushing in a new direction in the music that
doesn't play by the rules by today's standards. That is to be expected. It is
also expected that he would develop a solid fan base that is 100% loyal to him,
and he has developed that as well. I believe in the long run that his
trailblazing approach will help push some of the existing genres and will have a
lasting impact. In this respect I can see the same inspiration, creativity, and
progression that Ministry showed in their first three albums. I am eager to see
what steps he will take with his music in the near future and the long run.