“It’s been a long time, we shouldn’t of left you, without some new shit to sin too.” The most honest intro to an album to ever exist, after three long years The Mickey and Mallory of hip-hop, Sicktanick and Razakel have returned with a brand new Team Death album entitled appropriately “Not Like You”. Fourteen brand new tracks and two remixes, that flawlessly combine horrorcore with industrial, metal, and techno elements, this album is a true innovation of the genre.
I have been a long time fan of both Sicktanick and Razakel, coming across their music after being introduced to the genre from a friend. While I watched many friends go towards lighter hearted and mainstream horrorcore artists, I shrouded myself in the music of Serial Killin Records. When two forces as deadly as Sicktanick and Razakel come together, it can only lead to a wake of mutilated bodies and a legion of die-hard fans. “Not Like You” perfectly captures what it means to be a fan of SKR, and why the label is so different from others. Many other artists take their fans for granted, only seeing them as walking dollar bills, but Serial Killin Records truly appreciates their fans, interacting with them on a daily basis and often befriending those who make their presences known. This album really reflects that level of mutual respect that is shared between SKR artists and fans.
Spitting rhymes that paint pictures of the most macabre and dark aspects of life, once again Team Death pulls no punches and speaks their minds with zero remorse or regret. “Not Like You” features one of the ballsiest tracks to ever be dropped in the form of “Playing Columbine”, which also happens to be my favorite track from the album.
“Come get in line, let’s reenact Columbine. Watch out beware we are coming for you, run, hide, theres no safe place for you my gun goes, bang bang.”
I’m sure this song will get a bad rep early on in typical mainstream media fashion, the information laced within the tracks lyrics will be lost on the ears of those who still see the kids from Columbine as nothing but monsters. Forgetting that they spent much of their lives as victims, until they simply could not take it anymore and fought back, while the song does not promote school shootings it is a look through the eyes of kids who were out casted and tortured on a daily basis by the so called chosen elite. For the last few weeks, this track has been getting a lot of play, and each time I find another line that makes me realize just how fucked up the world has become.
The beats featured on this album are fucking mind blowing to say the very least, the intro to track eleven “The TD Tapes” sounds as if it was crafted by the legendary composure Michiru Yamane of Castlevania fame. As a huge fan of industrial and darkwave music this album is basically a wet dream come true, the track “Ghostly Confessions” shows just how far Team Death has come as artists, one of the best blends of darkwave and horrorcore I have ever heard to the point it makes me wish that SKR would do an all metal/death metal album featuring various members of the SKR family. Sicktanick has a wicked metal voice, and the fact that Razakel actually has a beautiful singing voice perfectly creates a sound that rivals many modern day death metal bands when it comes to perfect harmony of growl and melodic style vocals.
To put it simple, if you are a fan of horrorcore music this is a necessary own and requirement for any horrorcore collection of any worth. Team Death has once again raised the bar for the genre, in both terms of pure brutality, lyrical content, and setting a new standard for quality of mixing and beats.
2.Want Me To Be
3.Stands Against Us
5.So Full Of Hatred
7.Children Of The Grave ft Dark Half
10.The TD Tapes
11.Put It Down
13.Not Like You
14.Ghostly Confessions ft Micah Moses
15.Ritual Rape (Techstep Remix)
16.Femicide (Perfect Prison) – (Techstep Remix)