December 2011 Album Of The Month: Daniel Jordan The Stranger & Don’t Sleep On These Releases Part V
Reel Life Productions for life! Esham protégé Daniel Jordan is back with his best effort yet, as “The Stranger”. A concept album dealing with past struggles, depression, lost love, and the problems with the modern society of America. It’s a cross between 80’s Hardcore Punk, Jazzy Blues and Detroit Michigan Hip-Hop aka the Wicked Shit!
“Sometimes” is catchy as hell! By far my favorite! That bass-line and hook was stuck in my head for hours upon hours lol It’s the perfect track on the album that best describes the daily struggles of who The Stranger is.
Punk Rock anthems “I Hate Drug Dealers” and “Airplane Crash” are on some Misfits/GG Allin type shit. “Airplane Crash” is about wishing the worst for a cheating girlfriend and with “I Hate Drug Dealers” Mr. Jordan attacks the pharmaceutical industry.
The tracks “The Stranger” and “All Your Hero’s” both dive right into the wicked shit. “The Stranger”: The lyrics are deep thoughts about killing an entire family. “All your Hero’s”: Towards the end the emcee breaks down and confesses to a murder and the doctor doesn’t believe him.
With “No Friends” Daniel warns artists about being fake and not to get caught up in the politics of music, while “Last Day Alive” paints the perfect picture of a mental break down.
A lot of listeners will relate to “The Reason I haven’t Called You”. Super personal track! I feel his pain on this one! It’s about chasing after that one lover you want to spend the rest of your life with, but deep down they only see you as a friend. So you try to be the friend, but it’s a constant struggle, because all you think about is wanting to be theirs. The only way out is to never talk to them again.
Another stand out track is “Sad Clown”! Guest rapper Mac Mall shines all over this! It’s on that hip-hop you can relate to!
The closer “Fade Away” is a very emotional track about the one that got away. Even with all this time going by your still thinking about them and hoping they are thinking about you, not giving up faith at all! All your thoughts focused on the day you run into them again. I’m not going lie, I choked up a little bit listening, it brought back some of my own personal emotions. It’s by far Daniel Jordan’s best track!
Rishi P Take A Look Inside Album review by Chad Thomas Carsten
New Jersey Rapper Rishi P is not fake one bit! All his lyrics deal with real life and he doesn’t rely on bullshit gimmicks whatsoever! The album “Take A Look Inside” is a personal journey of pain and misery. Lyrics: Struggling with life as a teenager, the tragedy of his father dying during 9/11, alcoholism, and relationships. Rishi pours out his entire heart and soul into this record, especially on the tracks “Take A Look Inside” “I’m Sorry”, “Changes”, and “Bars Of Pain”. “Tear It Up” and “Friday Night” are the perfect first choice tracks to bump to your brand new sound system fresh out the box!
Guest Appearances by fellow rappers Shadowless and Danchise keep the album fresh as well! Overall, Rishi P’s entire blood, sweat, and tears went into “Take A Look Inside”! I feel like I truly know the guy after listening. Rishi P proves he can rip up the mic! Stay True!
To peep more flavor of Rishi P check out these links!
Grewsum invited fans to a listening party on thefnspot.com and fans were treated with a full on sneak peek of the entire album. I got the chance to be apart of it, thanks to the owner David Talley. Grewsum was a dope host! He played everyone’s requested songs and was down to earth with all the fans. More artists need to be more connected with their fan-base.
Welcome to The Inner Sanctum! Enjoy The Show! Tyler Lambert (aka Grewsum) is back as Donnie Darkflow for his new release, “The Inner Sanctum”! Three tales full of Grimy Horror Hip-Hop hosted by Mr. Darkflow himself. This release pays homage to the 1940’s mystery horror radio show of the same name. The production is where it’s at, it actually sounds like old A.M. radio or the record player crackling. Produced by Life and Death Productions, they know how to represent real horror! In between the songs the hosts reflects back on the tale with black humor, bringing us back to the classic Tales From The Crypt!
The E.P. kicks off with an intro track. The door slowly creaks open, as the host invites the listener inside to hear the morbid tales. Mwahahaha!!!
“Land of The deceased” is about a couple who buy the house by the cemetery. Of course they ignore the warnings about the house and the first night moving in, everything goes wrong!
“Evil Woods” is on that Leather Face with a Chainsaw! Teens exploring the woods decide to check out on what appears to be an abandoned cabin. Nope! The owner is a tad bit strict when it comes to trespassing!
The third and final Inner Sanctum tale “Dead World”, is about the Zombie Apocalypse! 28 weeks later anyone?! All you Zombie fans will dig the fuck outta this one! “Hide in the dark there’s not much you can do when the world is dead except try to survive anyway you can”
This release is solid all the way through and if your still doubting Horrorcore Hip-Hop, this release will change your mind. Grewsum is where it’s at! He fan flow! Idk why this dude isn’t signed to a major label. Keep kicking ass Grewsum! Can’t way wait for Mr. Darkflow to invite us back through the creaking door, into the Inner Sanctum!
Hatebreed booked an off date show while driving through Billings Mt :) Sadly All That Remains had to cancel.Imagine the inside of your average movie theater with no screen, instead a stage, and seats all in the way, flooded with one huge Mosh Pit! That was tonight, Metal and Hardcore fans united! Hatebreed still kicking ass after 17 years. I will continue supporting true Hardcore, whether it’s Black Flag from the 80’s, or the 90’s band Ringworm. I’m a pure Metalhead, but I also support other genre’s including Hip-Hop, Classic Rock, and the closes to my heart, Industrial. Music: If you don’t live for something, you’ll die for nothing! In other news my back hurts from the seats, people were flying over me lol
Matt Bruso is back as Frontman for Hardcore Giants Bury Your Dead! It’s full of Gang vocals, knuckle dragging detuned riffs, and plenty of neck breaking breakdowns to “Mosh N Roll” to! No offense to Mike Terry, but Bury Your Dead is meant to be this way! Bury Your Fucking Dead!
Key Track: “Blue Beard”
Grieves is Hip-Hop you can relate to! I saw him at this years Warped Tour and Benjamin Laub (Grieves) dominated the Skullcandy Stage! His Rhymesayers Entertainmentdebut “Together/Apart”, has been described as “musical therapy for those who find themselves caught under the pressures of life”. Grieves teams up with his very good friend producer Budo, who plays guitar, trumpet, and keyboard ,over Grieves detailed storytelling, that brings together a soulful atmosphere. It’s safe to say Grieves is part of the future of Hip-Hop!
Key Track: “Boogieman”
Eastcoast Hardcore Hip-Hop at it’s Best. Apathy doesn’t fuck around here, his wordplay is brilliant! This is straight forward no bullshit/no fillers Hip-Hop, that features production from Evidence and DJ Premiere. “Honkey King” is without a doubt Apathy’s best album to date.
Key track: “The Villain” Featuring Ill Bill.
Poland’s finest Death Metal Titans Vader are back with their 9th release, “Welcome to the Morbid Reich”! Yes this album plays safe, but it’s far from being stale and boring. This fine release is full of nods and throwbacks to old school Malevolent Creation and classic Deicide! It brings forth very fluid impressive solos and blistering thrashing speeds to bring on a Moshpit the size of China. Guitarist “Spider” shines through out Morbid Reich. One hell of a guitarist who is defnitely not far behind Trey Azagthoth. *Sigh* If only Morbid Angel would go back to pure Death Metal. But Alas, this is Vader we are talking about and they are doing a damn good job keeping true Death Metal alive!
Some of these releases have been out for a few months, but I finally got the chance to listen to them all :)
Australia’s finest duo in Morbid Rap, “Dyad Souls”, return with “Terminally Ill”. Featuring Production by Sean Strange and guests include Mr. Hyde, Psych Ward, and Zodiak Killa. For fans of Grave Diggaz, Caligula, Necro and the rest of Psycho+Logical-Records.
Key Track “Put Em’ In The Morgue”
British Electronic Rock. Some of you may have seen them on tour in the states with Linkin Park. The name of the group is seriously “Does It Offend You Yea?” They Are catchy as hell! “Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You” is a fine release. I had it on repeat for like 3 hours :P
Key track “We are The Dead”
In Flames “Sounds of a Playground Fading”. Very surprised by this release. I honestly thought it was going to be a waste of my time. Turned out to be solid, even with founding guitarist Jesper departing. They are very well known in the Swedish Melodic Death Metal scene, but after 20 years you have to respect them for venturing into different territory.
Key track “The Attic”
Fan of Grindcore full of gore that will snap your neck right when you press play?! Well then this release is for you. Exhumed are back after 7 years since their last real release, with their best effort yet! “All Guts No Glory” may leave you battered and bruised, but feeling more alive than ever! Vocalist Matt Harvey was only 15 when he founded this band back in 1990. He is also the sole remaining original member.
Key Track “I Rot Within”.
After 9 years since the last release, the Grindcore Super Group “Lock up” are back with “Necropolis Transparent”! This group features members of At The Gates, Napalm Death, and Dimmu Borgir. Originally the vocalist was Peter Tägtgren of Hypocrisy, but Tomas Lindberg took over in 2002. Most of the tracks are under two minuets and are made to rip your face off! Jeff Walker of Carcass even guest vocals on a few tracks!
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Hello the name is Chad Carsten. I'm a music addict! Drowning In The Static is the name of my current Industrial Music project. I got the chance to collaborate with Intrinkzik and Daniel Jordan Of Reel Life Productions, for the Hip-Hop anthem "Message to the Mainstream".
I listen to a large variety, ranging from Pure Metal, 80's Hardcore Punk, Industrial/Electronica, drum "n" bass, Oldies/Classic Rock and even Underground Hip-Hop. I'm mostly mellow, but I have my crazy random side at times.
I love to party, attend concerts, play 8-bit video games, collect vinyl, write out short stories, study Psychology and read Anne Rice. I'm obsessed with Pizza and Green tea. Oh and Cuddling is the best! I'm currently working on a Horrocore Hip-Hop documentary with a close friend of mine named Wes!
The music addict inside of me started when I was three years old. I got my first Compact Cassette tape deck radio on Christmas morning 91 with a cassette tape of children songs. It had down by the bay on it. And I replayed that tape over and over until eventually the radio ate the tape. My obsession with music was born!