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    Fri, 07 Dec 2012 10:50:13

    Live Review: Death Grips – The Echoplex, Los Angeles - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    Death Grips destroy narcissism with nihilism on their second corrosive, chaotic, and catchy masterpiece, No Love Deep Web.

    Any ideas of vanity plaguing any mainstream artist's psyche and the general zeitgeist as a whole become shatter under the duo's verbal and percussive hammer. This isn't simply experimental music; it's experimental warfare.

    The battle raged on during a sold out show at The Echoplex in Los Angeles. Stefan "MC Ride" Burnett and Zach Hill assaulted the stage with a vibrant violence rarely seen in any modern art form. If Travis Bickle and Shaft teamed up in hell, they'd be something like Death Grips. "Come Up and Get Me" from No Love Deep Web blasted open the doors with Hill's flawless drumming and Burnett's guttural growl leading the charge. On "Lil Boy", Burnett screamed, "You know we burn through it burn through it", and the sweaty wobbling mass on the floor moved in tandem with his viciousness. Fluttering flourishes of electronic psychosis filtered through the PA as Hill barely stopped pounding the skins to catch his breath.

    "Lord of the Game" and "Guillotine" sliced and diced as Burnett got up in the crowd's face. This is the rare kind of group whose music usurps everything. The controversy doesn't matter. The critical pandering is meaningless. All that matters is the attack from these wolves.

    Blood flowed through "No Love", and "I've Seen Footage" brought the paranoid ecstasy to a boiling point with the atomic rapping from Burnett and Hill's equally atomic drumming. Watching Death Grips is unlike anything out there. They're as terrifying as they are tight, and that's just because they're so goddamn real.

    Easily one of the best shows L.A. has seen in years, this is how revolutions begin. Take note…

    Rick Florino

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