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Opium Ink – “Lucky 13 (The Anix Remix)” [Song Review]



Opium Ink has been wowing audiences for the past four years with their crisp, ear-catching take on industrial-influenced alternative rock. It’s iconoclastic for anyone expecting anything specific to a particular genre. But that’s no sweat for an act that’s shared the stage with bands as disparate as the Misfits, Everclear, and Brand New.

It’s also mind-boggling that it’s a duo responsible for this level of sonic assault, something that’s as big as other duo jaw-droppers in the past, such as The Black Keys or Death From Above 1979. The difference between those acts and these, of course, is their sound. It would be like if Joan Jett and Betty X were given a steady stream of nothing but Linkin Park and Nine Inch Nails and let them take it out on a studio after being cooped up for a year. The result is dripping with gothic undertones and despairing melodies, yet accomplished and self-assured in its delivery, tempo, and lyrics. It’s anthemic, yet somehow intimate, personal.

Their latest single, “Lucky 13 (The Anix Remix)” is a revving engine of sound, summoning up memories of dungeon raves and BDSM parties, but far more refined. This particular remix by LA-based Brandon Smith also happens to be an absolute earworm and will be a delight for the already legion number of dedicated fans they have and unsuspecting listeners alike.

Find the song on Spotify & Apple Music.

Run Time: 3:43
Release Date: May 17, 2022
Record Label: Self-Release

Director of Communications @ V13. Lance Marwood is a music and entertainment writer who has been featured in both digital and print publications, including a foreword for the book "Toronto DIY: (2008-2013)" and The Continuist. He has been creating and coordinating content for V13 since 2015 (back when it was PureGrainAudio); before that he wrote and hosted a radio and online series called The Hard Stuff , featuring interviews with bands and insight into the Toronto DIY and wider hardcore punk scene. He has performed in bands and played shows alongside acts such as Expectorated Sequence, S.H.I.T., and Full of Hell.