Collapsing Lungs

Colorblind [EP]

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Heavy metal and alternative rock releases that incorporated hip-hop were a dime a dozen in the 1990s, but the Collapsing Lungs' Colorblind was a rap-minded rock release that stood out both musically and lyrically. Blending heavy metal and alternative rock with hip-hop was nothing new in 1994, although Collapsing Lungs does it in a fairly fresh and inspired way on this five-song EP. The obscure Florida band's riffs and hooks are infectious, and its lyrics have a definite sense of purpose. While "Bang!" and "Crackerjack" take a look at crime and violence, "Too Blind to See" angrily speaks out against racism. "Let's Play a Game," meanwhile, includes some dark-humored reflections on the S&M/bondage scene and such activities as whipping, piercing and scarification. Colorblind is a CD that should have done well, but regrettably, it didn't do much and would be Collapsing Lungs' only Atlantic release.

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