Enter the Consortium. The Bloody Monk Consortium. A group that has been putting in
work for a minute with the release of a couple E.P.s and now the full length album
“Bloodshed”. Be forewarned, listeners should wear headgear, because your head is
going to get smacked around by the beats, and the lyrics. Let’s go.
“Call it Watchu
Want” opens the album and from the jump you will know what these guys are about.
A slow steady thumper with a melodic sample that Leeroy Deestroy and LABAL-S attack
with an energy and aggressiveness that Killarmy would be proud of. “Logic Fly” is
another example of a track that is reminiscent of something you would have heard
on a Flatlinerz album. I don’t mean that as a slight, instead as a compliment. I
love tracks that have a creepy sound to them, as it’s hard to balance a track to
sound dark without sounding corny, between the production, record scratches, and
the MC’s flow this already is a stand out track.
“Cooked Infection” and “Bloodshed”
have an urgency in their pace, almost as if the guys are up against the clock to
release a knocking track or else they are going to be forced to perform Vanilla Ice
covers. These kind of tracks will test even the best sound setups. Hard kicks that
you feel in your very core are common place through the entire album.
The ever-growing Bloody Monk Consortium currently consists (but is not limited to)
the following affiliates: rappers Leeroy Destroy and LABAL-S, producers Lex Luger,
FuckRICO and DJ ShadowFist, and graffiti writer Kebo. It's quite the eclectic crew
geographically, representing both coasts of the United States musically, while representing
artists from as far away as Slovenia in ShadowFist's case. What could bring such
a widely dispersed array of hip-hoppers together for one common cause? Well in the
words of their own bio it's to create the sound found on the "Burden of Truth" EP,
which is "utterly raw with explosively charged defiant combative rhyme sequences
over dark brooding forceful beats" with a braggart's claim that "their tenacious
and relentless approach to verbally assault the sharpest of tracks is cleverly laced
with grimey, brutal, horrific yet witty wordplay."
If you went back to 1997 took the Wu Killa Bees, Jedi Mind Tricks, RA the Rugged
Man and put them all in a time machine and brought them to 2009 with CA producer
Lex Luger production to spit over this'll give you an idea of what to expect from
this project. Raw beats, rough rhymes and tracks that all float around 3:00 of straight
up verbal murder.
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