STREAMING // (Video) Comethazine – “FIND HIM”

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Directed By: Bobbi Digital @visualizetheyouth

Edited By: YGA Film @ygaflm

DP: Franklin Ricart @franklinspov

Produced By: Bobbi Digital @visualizetheyouth + At.las Productions

Executive Produced By: Albert Lago @bertohuncho

Commissioned By: Lucas Prevost

Alamo Records @alamorecords

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STREAMING // (Video) Headie One – “Rubbery Bandz”

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Produced By: IO

Directed By: Jay Parpworth

Misc. Day – Tiresome Railways

your_old_droog_transportation_01Take the Q line, or maybe the D, perhaps taking the F, whatever picks up the masses and transports them in NYC; Your Old Droog will be happy to accompany. His newest record Transportation is a cascading flow of jazz and sporadic instrumentation that travels like an iron horse into the mountain range that is Manhattan. The 49-minute long train is a ride that experiments well with his gruff, microphone controlling delivery that almost effortlessly combines authenticity with New York staples of sound.

“Never cried about a lack of press, rather be a dope failure than a wack success” Droog explains on the opening MetroCard swipe “Stillwell Baby.” The track is a fantastic transition from a The Elgins sample where “life is so lonely without you,” as the car switches tracks and allows Droog to gently rise through this grogginess in his rhymes. Already a heavyweight through lyrical ability, Droog uses the production from skywlkr as a warm-up that eventually moves into a less somber, more upbeat style of track. “Stillwell Baby” is important to highlight though, as the first track on Transportation contains more beat transitions and style switches where Droog does batting practice, acting as the Ralph Branca of rhymes.

Transportation feels and behaves as if it was a mature, graduation act to an already developed performance from Droog. As “Monthly” follows, the raging flutes and jazz house percussion pushes the vocals to be rushed but still collected. Never flustered under pressure, Droog punches a clever wordsmith title as he illustrates complex storytelling without becoming overbearing. More of a display from The Purist who produced “Monthly,” Droog pairs well with the instrumentation but never stands on his backfoot as Transportation continues to move without a sense of falling to a stop.

your_old_droog_transportation_02Later in the record, the track “SS YOD” uses a slithering bass line that reflects something straight from a speakeasy. As it crawls around the listener, Droog explains over these walls of sound describing, “…rather crack a six-pack and pour another beer up, then hit a line of white. I’m smoking double green, doing Beatles numbers, Yellow Submarine.” Even under the guise of 15-tracks, Droog somehow creates a current flow of sound that transcribes New York in a single train ride.

As the terminal seems closer and closer, Droog dismounts from Uptown, cruises through Midtown and then eventually hits Downtown before seeing the mountains of Manhattan sprawling out. Lighting a loosey and stepping off the platform, everything seems to fall into place as Transportation leaves the station and trails off to repeat the whole journey again tomorrow.

Listen To Transportation Here!!! – BandCamp/Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

New Music – White-Faced Ghost

abbath_outstrider_01From the ashes of Immortal comes the second coming of Abbath Doom Occulta, the mastermind behind the somewhat self-titled conglomerate Abbath. With white fashioned paint dawning on the face, Abbath is a hammer that strikes upwards with their 2019 release Outstrider. A punishing and unrelenting performance, Abbath moves by torchlight on horseback, delivering pain and pulverizing misery.

One of the heavyweights of black metal, the cornerstone of Abbath starts with the Norwegian origins of the genre. Nearly every second spent on Outstrider is agony that hits the perfect methodology in combining both the gates of hell with an approachable metallic sound. With tracks “Calm in Ire (Of Hurricane)” or “Bridge of Spasms,” the two opening tracks are blitzkriegs through instrumental deaths. Leading in this waltz of four instrumentalists to combine forces in a façade of hurt.

Abbath Doom Occulta is the main member that covers the vocals and guitars, while Ole Andre Farstad seems to play the multitool purpose of lead guitars, acoustic guitars, baritone guitar, and the zither which is a German guitar-esque stringed instrument. Alongside is Urki Suviletho on the percussion which leaves Mia Wallace as the pulp hero on bass that works their way into a foundational crunch. Bone and marrow seem to be the way that Abbath rolls through Outstrider as the tracks are not long-winded, often only reaching a maximum of five minutes.

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The almost grueling pace that Abbath sets for the record, however, is tiresome, but a welcome 38-minute journey that stretches nine-total tracks. Each work seems to clamor more and more, creating waves of noise that crash into the listener and provide no easy way out. Watching the second studio record unfold through this tornado of sound comes naturally as Abbath Doom Occulta has been in the game since 1989, registering dominance over his 30 years in music performance.

Sinful, demonic, and even downright sadistic, Abbath acts as an apparitional shadow that lurks over the listener throughout Outstrider. Each action creates paranoia in the audience as the untraceable movements from the band seem to be under this master plan of writing and recording. While the glorious days of black metal may be long inked in the pages of history, Abbath’s Outstrider is still a forceful entryway back into the genre.

Listen To Outstrider Here!!! – BandCamp/Spotify/Amazon/iTunes

STREAMING // (Video) Death Valley Girls – “Dream Cleaver”

Listen/Watch Here – Youtube

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Directed by: Casey Rup

Shot by: Dylan Neal

Edited by: Casey Rup & Tom Mendosa

VFX by: Danny Perez & Galen Pehrson

Starring: Milo Stein

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