Toxicity can be looked at from multiple angles, specifically when one accepts that no matter how hard we try there will constantly be a toxic component of ourselves. In ~ life, it’s the gentle balance in between healthily suppressing the virulent and additionally expressing the in a non-harmful way (for ourselves and also those roughly us). What’s so intriguing to me in ~ music is just how an artist’s persona (not the artist themself) is may be to totally embrace the toxic, developing music that doesn’t attempt to filter out the deepest, darkest shit one’s terrible version thinks of. As soon as talking to various other people around this concept I frequently use the Rick and also Morty illustration ‘Rest and Ricklaxation’ together an apt analogy, and also for those who’ve managed to protect against the show thusfar, the plot circulates approximately the idea of fully separating oneself indigenous their very own “toxins”, leaving behind two different personas that space undeniably linked to each other. I feel as though ns rambling, but my allude is far from imprudent; Ghostemane is just one of the few rappers the is totally in touch with the toxic variation of himself. Throughout his career, he is delved into occultism, demons, sex-related impulses, death, etc. All in a strange yet distinctive medley the $uicideboy$ laboratory voices, black steel production, and also outbursts of raw emotion. The interesting thing about N/O/I/S/E is the he’s advertised the album as his hardest, darkest and also loudest attempt yet. There is no spoiling also much, the album definitely delivers in the aspect, yet what’s even much more impressive for a long-time pan is the release’s ability to sound thematically constructed and complete. Back structurally the flow of the bangers-into-industrial experiments more than helps, that moreso his complete immersion into the venomous, spiteful side of Eric Whitney (notice the consists of his actual name). I don’t want to speculate that in the previous he’s organized back, so to speak, however rather ns trying come emphasize exactly how the album sounds like someone truly in touch through the an excellent and poor sides of themselves, consciously choosing to permit the negative perform a chaotic tantrum because that those who might see a part of themselves in ~ the persona.‘Nihil’ and also it’s first line “I’ve remained in a rut…” is rapid to expel this poison, add by Ghostemane’s signature detached deep growl and a mosh-inducing stop-start base pattern. Ahead songs favor ‘Rake’ have actually teased this combination of harsh punk and turbulent trap, however within the very first four tracks the comparison is exceptionally apparent. ‘Flesh’ attributes whispered an are and metal-influenced breakdowns, yet the single’s centerpiece is a high-pitched rapped verse the is shooting out through the mechanical ease the a an equipment gun. While these few tracks are quickly some the his many hype songs, the the latter fifty percent that encapsulates the guttural, hellish feeling Ghostemane so normally conveys. ‘Inside’ sounds favor something turn off of The bottom Spiral as it doesn’t fully return come the laboratory sound until the closing minute, instead opting because that a thrashing buzz of synths and also guitars while Ghostemane yells about recent bouts the depression and also loss. The closing city of this track mirrors this in a reflective, tires way, “Why y"all think I"m cool? i don"t prefer that / remainder in tranquility Gus, wanna bring you back / Don"t tell me to collab through aesthetic fads / every these rappers gained you fooled lock ain"t really friends”. The a nod come a shed friend (Lil Peep) yet also a very self-aware diss towards the commodification of posthumous material and Ghostemane’s very own resilience to get involved in this side of rap. The admirable, specifically considering the whole release was self-made and put out without a label. ‘Gatteka’ furthers this aware separation from various other rappers (“I simply can’t relate…”) and also the closing two tracks discover how this isolation is affect his very own psyche (‘I think ns was born in the wrong generation / nobody speak to me, no one is relating”). If the closer is nearly totally out that character because that the rapper and N/O/I/S/E, it’s a touchingly bitter way to cap points off. Featuring a simply plucked guitar, it’s a song about the parallel the longing because that someone and the tension that comes through it, letting the blackness of these feelings literally translate into disturbing revolution noise that pipeline one extremely uneasy. As a totality the album sounds prefer it was videotaped in a murky cave; Ghostemane’s voice is regularly intimate and also echoey as you deserve to vividly hear his intense screams and also his worried breaths. Within this dark dwelling is a people constructed by the toxic waste he choose to let go, filling the cavernous void with horrifying structures and figures the resemble his very own pains. It’s effectively frightening and original in just how it splatters impacts and personal hardships across the wet walls. It’s wherein the toxic variation of Eric Whitney lives, so salary him a visit at your own risk.

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