Dalek
Absence


3.5
great

Review

by Kane Cooper USER (6 Reviews)
August 25th, 2009 | 21 replies | 7,462 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

"This beast caged in the heart of the city
Circumvents common speech
Gutter tongue kept filthy
Histories passed in handshakes
Wisdom achieved
Victory's always fleeting for these pseudo Mcs
Trapped by narrow minds
Eyes blinded
Political prisoners terrorized in confinement
Confirms what we learned of US police state
Asphyxiate the people they claim to liberate
"


There are few in the music making business today writing lyrics this clever and this passionately about an important subject they believe in. Enter Dälek (pronounced Dia - leck); an alternative hip-hop duo from New Jersey concerning themselves not with guns, bitches and hoes but oppression, poverty, religion and ignorance. MC Dälek himself drops plenty of tantalising lines throughout the record, delivered with such articulacy that the words themselves become a delight for the senses. “Asymmetric hatred only feeds apathetic / Volatile vocals turned thoughts kinetic / Never knew your happiness could just be injected / Belt to clenched jaw teeth hurt all infected”; the perfect example of his great inter-rhyming skills.

However, what really stands out about Dälek is the production.

This is as dark, noisy and abrasive as it gets folks. Oktopus seems intent on putting the sound of the Apocalypse to record. These are loud in your face industrial beats, turntable scratches, reverberating electronic sounds and cacophonous noise that rise up in a wall of sound. Add the vocals as well and there is almost too much going on and yet each compliment each other - magnifying the power each hold in their grasp. This is the power of art against social injustice. And it’s ear shattering.

Believe me when I say this isn't your every day hip hop.



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Roach
August 25th 2009



2149 Comments


"It's purely hip-hop, in the purest sense. If you listen to what hip-hop has historically been, it was all about digging in different crates and finding different sounds, and finding different influences to create. If Afrika Bambaataa wasn't influenced by Kraftwerk, we wouldn't have 'Planet Rock.' So, in that sense, what we do is strictly hip-hop.

If there is a difference. It's that the palette of sounds we work with is more varied than what has been called hip- hop in the last 10 years. Somehow, as hip-hop grew, it's been put into this box. I think it's funny when people are like, 'That's not hip-hop. It's this and this and this.' You can try to rationalize it as whatever you want to rationalize it as." - Dälek


rasputin
August 25th 2009



14516 Comments


have only got abandoned language but it rulez

Roach
August 25th 2009



2149 Comments


was listening to that this morning. But ya pretty much all of their stuff rules.

charlesfishowitz
August 25th 2009



1794 Comments


not all their stuff...


but shit yeah anyway

soundless
August 25th 2009



171 Comments


you spelt off wrong

Roach
August 25th 2009



2149 Comments


not all their stuff...


Aiyeaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, what don't you like?



charlesfishowitz
August 25th 2009



1794 Comments


from filthy tongue something something


and gutterz is wwearsing off

Phantom
August 25th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this and abandoned language are all i like

Roach
August 25th 2009



2149 Comments


from filthy tongue something something


That's my least favourite - the 12 minute track in the middle is so bad.

Never used to like Gutter Tactics and then I was all like actually this is good.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 25th 2009



4938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this and abandoned language are okay.

charlesfishowitz
August 25th 2009



1794 Comments


youre okay

TricksterGRex
August 25th 2009



2087 Comments


Black Smoke Rises is skippable but other than that From Filthy Tongue... is awesome too

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2011



7018 Comments


I've been looking for gritty but expansive hip-hop like this for a while. Immediately astounding album.

Digging: Braid - No Coast

Oathbreaker
October 27th 2011



1649 Comments


This shit rules.

liledman
October 27th 2011



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah awesome shit

br00talkid96
October 28th 2011



85 Comments


album is fucking dope

Sadistocrat
February 18th 2013



117 Comments


This band deserves a lot more love on this website

YankeeDudel
March 9th 2013



9304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'greed

Digging: Croatian Amor - Genitalia Garden

YankeeDudel
March 10th 2013



9304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

production on this is amazing

sixdegrees
April 3rd 2013



16700 Comments


agreed, some of my favorite production on a hip-hop album



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