Ah, New Jersey. Home of Bruce Springsteen, the Secret Stash and the New Brunswick punk scene. Oh, and now these dudes.
I’ve already talked about how we’re due for a “good version” of Nu Metal to emerge, but in that article I focused on a metal band that occasionally tossed in a verse or two of rap. The Voices of Terror are the opposite side of the coin, a hip hop duo that incorporates heavy metal tropes to create a messy, jagged-edged sort of sound.
It’s not hard to reverse-engineer this band and figure out the basic components of their influences. Dr. Dre, and the Notorious B.I.G. make up the foundation. Heavy metals are sort of used as a garnish.
I’ll restrain myself from repeating my rant on why rap-metal is a taboo (i.e. why we like Metallica and like Dr. Dre but see it as a red flag when someone mixes them together) in favor of just inform you of this: Voices of Terror are a solid rap outfit. Their new album (which you can stream here on Bandcamp) is eleven tracks of original hip-hop. The instrumentals are functional, but mostly just window dressing for Mike Walker and Zero’s verses.
Content-hungry hip hop heads should absolutely check them out. Metalheads, proceed with caution by first streaming Warning, a single from the new album, below.