If hardcore’s (allegedly) on the decline, alternative hip-hop is just hitting its stride. There are a ton of artists like Shabazz Palaces, Death Grips, Schoolboy Q and others that are putting out creative, genuine music and giving hip-hop some much needed inspiration. I’ve always felt hip-hop and hardcore have much more in common than some people think. Especially tunes like this track from Has-Lo. They’re both reactions to different shades of the same bleak reality. They deal with the caustic political landscape and strive to find identity in a culture that stifles it. Just a bunch of dudes trying to make art they can believe in.
Man. I need to see these guys again. Just picked up their new album and from what I’ve heard so far it’s full of the same raw energy accented with those glimmering, dark minor chords. Definitely recommend for anyone interested in taking a chance on a new crazy French hardcore band.
I finally got to sit down and listen to Baroness’ new full-length a couple times this weekend. But, I must say, it’s a bit of a disappointment.
Gone are the sludge-heavy prog anthems interspersed with brilliant flashes of singing dual-guitar melody. John Baizley’s voice sounds wrought and tired; even at his heaviest, in the galloping March to the Sea, he reverts to a softer chanting over his usual haunting boom.
The guitar work has been technically damped, too. Baizley and company rely on mood and atmosphere over the vibrant guitarwork that made other Baroness records (namely Blue) so raucous and enjoyable.
On Yellow & Green, Baroness comes off as a band that’s ready to take a break from the years of ripping prog-metal. Unsurprisingly, Baizley said about the same thing in an interview with NPR recently.
“I think what happened was,” Baizley says, “it felt like maybe we and a handful of other bands went a little overboard with [instrumental technicality], to the point where we’d get off stage and be like, ‘My hands are sore. My body’s sore. I’m emotionally spent. I’m physically spent. I’m psychically spent. And, furthermore, what did I say? What did I say that’s got me this spent?’”
The album does have a few bright spots — the aforementioned March to the Sea has a power chorus that’ll please old-school headbangers, and tracks Take My Bones Away and Board Up the House infuse melody into Baroness’ guitar-driven attack. It’s just a shame they forgot to turn up the prog and the heavy.
So excited for this. Love their brand of dissonant, atonal madness.
“ I might’ve been born yesterday, sir, but I stayed up all night. ”
So unbelievably excited for Baroness’ new record.
Listening to Ringworm and editing photos of children for a magazine I’m designing. It’s a strange mix.
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