The-Darkness-Album-Cover.pngWhen it came to choosing this week’s album of the week, it sort of came to me last minute only because I was just introduced to this group’s music. I am going to admit that I used to be a fan of the Insane Clown Posse, but I feel out of love with their music and sort of became disenchanted by it. So, naturally I ignored everything that had to due with them or their label Psychopathic Records. Little did I know how much I was going to like one of the label’s former act in Twiztid as I was introduced to them this past weekend at Rock And Shock. After hearing some of their songs from various albums, I instantly became a fan of theirs and that is why I chose the horrorcore band’s latest effort The Darkness as this week’s album of the week. The group is made up of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child and their style can be categorized as Horrorcore or even Hardcore Hip Hop as the band infuses some heavy guitars into their music. The Darkness is the band’s 10TH album, 29TH release overall, and it’s their first under their own label Majik Ninja Entertainment. To date the album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, number 4 on the Top Rap charts, and number 3 on the independents charts which is impressive for an underground group with no radio airplay.

1. Why Won’t You Answer– This is an intro track that opens up the album where he leaves a message crying and sobbing on an answering machine.

401894_12. Afraid Of The Dark– It’s a quick track with a pretty cool guitar riff behind it that reminds me of like an Eminem style hip hop about the boogeyman before it leads into the next track. 4/5

3. In Hell– The track starts off with what sounds like a monster trapped with chains. Once the music comes in, it’s a cool and eerie tempo where both talk about each others deaths and their battles in hell. 4/5

4. Back To Hell– Another hard as hell track with a cool riff and beat in a track that is more Nu-metal than anything cause the rhymes are slowed down. This is one of my favorite tracks on the record. 5/5

5. Problems with Medication– This is another skit on the album, but it’s Sid Haig this time leaving a message. Very funny.

6. A Little Fucked Up– A true hip hop song that sees the band rapping about how they like basically like murder cause they a little f***ed up. 4/5

7. Boogieman (Intro)– This is a great intro with a mom telling her kids a bedtime story about the boogieman.

1401x788-Twiztid-Cutout-2-HDR-28. Boogieman– this band can bring a dope beat and make a little eerie as this one is obviously about the boogieman 4/5

9. Down Here– a classic track about the band embracing the fact that they underground and proud of it. 4/5

10. Dr. Weasel (Skit)– Another skit on the record that this time features Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects).

11. F.T.S.– a track with a hardcore guitar riff with the band showcasing their rapping abilities and its basically the bands F*** you to the system. 4/5

12. Take It Away– It starts with a cool piano part before it introduces the guitar, but it’s definitely ballad like. It seems to be a track about even though times can be tough, you have to still overcome the odds. 4.5/5

13. On and On– This has a very From Dusk Till Dawn feel to it with the Santana like guitar riff in a track about how quick people are to try and make your life a living hell. 4.5/5

14. No Breaks– I love this trac because it has an old school Beastie Boys feel to it and even the music video for it does as well. One of my favorite tracks. 5/5

15. Seance– a cool hip hop song with some soul in it about exactly what the title of the song is. 4.5/5

16. The Exorcism– This can be considered the outro of the album unless you have the one with the bonus tracks, but it’s exactly as described.

My Final Thoughts– I haven’t every album the band has released in full, but these guys are so versatile and they grow with their music. I am so glad that I was introduced to them because I am a fan. This is one of the best albums that I have heard from an act especially a hip hop act. I suggest that you definitely check these guys out. I am giving the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.

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