Swollen Members – Beautiful Death Machine (2013)
Swollen Members has teased us for years with single after single for previous albums alluding to that elusive and dark sound that harkens back to their debut effort, Balance.
What kept on happening is the singles would all ring true to that “dark” formula, but those previous albums would fall short of the overall sound that I craved. Sometimes it’s not fair to judge an emcee or a group on that original sound as things are supposed to evolve. But I am only human, and in the case of Beautiful Death Machine, Madchild, Prevail, and Rob The Viking have come full circle. It doesn’t take long to hear the not so subtle nuances directed back to the trio’s first album. On Inception, Prevail and Madchild both use references from their first album such as the “Circuit Breaker” and “Follow my lead and walk towards the light. It is I who encompasses doom consuming fright. ” They wrap these references around well thought out verses and the stark electronic boom bap of Rob The Viking.
02. Death to You (ft. Ill Bill, Slaine, & Vinnie Paz)
03. BAX WAR
04. King of Diamonds
06. The Difference
07. River Monster
09. Colossal Beasts – (ft. Esoteric, Celph Titled, & Apathy)
10. Almost Famous
11. Death Warrant
12. Fear – (ft. Snak the Ripper)