Hindsight: Cowboys from Hell- Pantera

Transitioning from the thrashing and big-haired 80s into the grungy and teen angsty 90s was a strain on those who were fans of heavy metal. The 90s amounted to bands such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains, all of which were not heavy, but soon dominated the charts.

Just when we thought heavy metal was going to be buried by grunge, Texas heavy metal band Pantera came along. They brought something fresh to the table, and that was their bouncy riffs. Although their songs at times feel predictable due to their typical verse-chorus formats, which lack guitar solos, we cannot deny the talent that the band had of making their riffs sustain their songs rhythmically. Songs like Cowboys from Hell, Domination, Shattered, The Art of Shredding, are clear representatives of how brilliant and talented this album was, due to their tendency of making this album feel ageless. Despite that it wasn’t their debut album, it certainly felt like the band had reinvented themselves, and so arguably this was their debut into the music industry. After this album the band released their next masterpiece, ‘Vulgar Display of Power’, which features the much acclaimed song ‘A New Level’. It was only the start of Pantera, the COWBOYS FROM HELL!

Check Out Upcoming RAPPER Lilgims

Although hip-hop is not my scene, I tend to make exceptions at times, even if rarely. Earlier this week I came across a dedicated young rapper whose lyrics grasped my attention instantaneously. This young rapper that goes by the name of Lilgims will impress you in his own right. The instrumentals through most tracks on his mixtape ‘Legends Are Made’ provides a good feel towards the lyrics, which I feel are what make this rapper stand out the most. You can see this quality of work in his song ‘Downfall of Society’, which manages to rub the right spot. You can hear sheer determination and dedication towards his music throughout each track, which communicates a clear passion and drive. If you want deeply moving and realistic lyrics then I suggest you take some time to check Lilgim’s Soundcloud and listen to his ‘Legends Are Made’ mixtape.

Culture Matters: Nü- Metal

The double-edged knife of nü- metal strikes! Is it even metal in the first place? The debate forever continues and its frustration increases. Korn’s frontman, Jonathan Davis, rejects the label of nü- metal ever being metal, whilst Slipknot reject the entire label simply because they believe they are heavy metal instead. The groove, the funk, the addition of a DJ, and the rapping among many other things certainly waters down the supposed ‘heaviness’ of the genre.

Whilst nü-metal can be considered one of the only ‘metal’ genres that has more females involved (e.g. Kittie, Otep, Coal Chamber), there remains certain contradictions, which are present in typical nü-metal lyrics. Although lyrics tend to speak of subjects like depression and angst, at times such lyrics may oppress females and objectify them (e.g. calling women ‘bitches’). This is vividly present in a lot of Limp Bizkit’s lyrics, a band who is known for their destructive and controversial attitudes. Just look at how Woodstock ’99 ended after a Limp Bizkit performance of their song ‘Break Stuff’, perhaps too much teenage angst and rebellion flowing through the air? It definitely does not justify the catastrophe of the festival that ended in rape, violence, destruction of property, and stampeding.

So what happened to nü-metal? IS IT EVEN METAL?!

Listen To King Kofi’s eccentric mixtape ‘Just A Dude In Need Of A Chance’

Listen To King Kofi’s eccentric mixtape ‘Just A Dude In Need Of A Chance’

King Kofi’s mixtape ‘Just A Dude In Need Of A Chance’ is a follow up from his debut ‘All Hail’. This mixtape has got 10 tracks filled with melancholic, ambient, electronica, all along with hip-hop anthems and stunning poetic lyrics. The rapper hailing from North London successfully explores the genre creatively and boldly, by carefully implementing eccentric elements into this refreshing mixtape all with a lot of himself to top it off.

Press Image 2.jpgYou will find charismatic tracks that you can definitely see yourself dancing to, such as ‘Theme Song’, and particularly the song ‘JADINOAC’ that will remain in your head even after the song has ended with its deep-cutting lyrics, both are certainly songs that you could expect to hear on the radio and would end up falling in love with. Then you’ve got slower, more eccentric tracks like ‘Don’t Cry Over Me’ with its steady rhythm and melancholic lyrics. Also, ‘Empath Freestyle’ (ft. Joshua Igbo) with its beautiful piano instrumentals, rhythmic beats and vocals that generally bring a refreshing fusion into the entire mixtape making it more sensual and intimate. Meanwhile, ‘Pennies’ being a charismatic piece in terms of chorus work has got firm lyrics with raw emotion being communicated through each word. The song ‘Jabsterz’ is a gorgeous number that is hugely emotional to listen to following up the song ’24’ from Kofi’s debut ‘All Hail’, showing us how honest of an artist King Kofi is when it comes to his art. It is clear that the lyrics are what once again sink deep into your heart when listening to this song along with the light vocals, guitar strumming, and Kofi’s steady flow throughout. The sensational mellow track ‘Dreuw’ with its bouncing hip-hop tempo that compliments Kofi’s voice and words is probably one of the best songs on the mixtape along with ‘Jabsterz’, ‘JADINOAC’, and the fun and witty ‘Theme Song’.

The opening song ‘Waltz’ is another heavy and melancholic piece on the mixtape, with its dark electronica tune that creates depth in its overall melody, and the eerie overall chorus that lures you into the entire body of the song. It is certainly a great song to open this emotional, clever, and eccentric album with. Both ‘No Zone’ and ‘I’m So High’ are breathy, sensual and evidently melancholic pieces, something which King Kofi appears to pull off wisely throughout this mixtape, making the overall mixtape unique.

The creativity that goes into the whole mixtape makes it a pleasing and refreshing listen, however, Kofi should’ve gone all the way with this eccentric approach that he takes in a lot of his songs, because clearly he is able to pull it off. As listeners we are being fed so many emotions throughout this mixtape in such a raw manner. In a world where the music industry manipulates and the artists are their puppets, King Kofi remains as himself all the way, and that is what we need and hopefully that never goes away. This mixtape is a window into who King Kofi is, since it is a very confessional and intimate piece. Kofi is enabling us to step into his world throughout the entire mixtape, which is really how music should be. It is a cathartic journey full of confessional lyrics educating us on the hard knocks of life. You’ll be pleased to know that the mixtape has been solely released on the internet, which means that you can have a listen without any hassle at po.st/jadinoac.

Press Image 1.jpgYou can catch King Kofi on Soundcloud, Instagram and Twitter @myotherkingdom

 

 

Hindsight: Metal on Metal – Anvil

The underdogs of thrash metal who were never delivered the opportunity to make history like many of those influenced by them have. Anvil’s ‘Metal on Metal’ album is by far one of their greatest, but even so, it raises the question of why they’ve never really been widely recognised. The title of the album certainly does not deceit, as it is quite a metal album, but moderately. If this is considered a good album then why is it that Anvil aren’t so notorious?