Live Review: Hyro Da Hero – Viper Room, West Hollywood
Mon, 06 Feb 2012 06:44:31
In Taxi Driver, Robert De Niro's legendary Travis Bickle pleaded for "a real rain" to "come and wash all this scum off the streets".
Modern rock and hip hop certainly could use a similar divine deluge. Luckily, it's already begun. The man puling at the cloud is Hyro Da Hero. The Houston-born, Los-Angeles based metal MC proved that he's exactly what music needs on Thursday night at the Viper Room in West Hollywood.
As soon as the curtain opened, Hyro emanated an infectious intensity that fans haven't caught since Korn and Rage Against the Machine first blew the doors open on heavy-metal-hip-hopping in the early '90s.
Jumping around as riffs snapped and cracked, the first words from our Hero's mouth were, "Fuck the cops, fuck the world, fuck the people in it, fuck that ignorant shit that you love hearing." Even Travis can feel that, homie.
As the drums, bass, and scratching cascaded into one volatile wave, Hyro broke into the song's elegiac chorus flawlessly on "Sleeping Giants"—from his unanimously acclaimed Ross Robinson-produced debut Birth, School Work Death. There was hardly any space to move in the packed Viper Room, and the claustrophobia suited the catharsis on stage just fine.
"Beam Me Up Scotty" rolled from post-hardcore screaming into another off-time stomp that illuminated just how tactically tight Hyro's surrounding soldiers live. He's a born star sliding from 21st century rock rap revolutionary into hosting a "Dirty South Rock" party next over a slinky, hulking beat. "Put your middle fingers in the air," declared Hyro as he launched into the vitriolic bitchslap of "Fuck You (Say It To Your Face)". The beatdown hardly stopped there though.
Hyro's incendiary energy practically burned the building down on the ghetto scorcher "Section 8". If Nas played a show in Hell with Amen as his backing band, you'd have an idea of what this legendary gig Thursday was like. Otherwise, when this kid's headlining Coachella in 2014, you'll hear the various industry figures and rockers (who hardly come out) in attendance say, "You had to be there, dude"…
He also could give lessons in "swag". Smiling, Hyro exclaimed, "I've been in L.A. for like four years. I'm from Houston so I thought I was going to see ganbangers here. I saw something scarier; I saw hipsters".
Even the most "discerning" jaded coffeehouse poet would've been moved by the final punchy pummeling of "Ghetto Ambiance". Shirtless, covered in sweat, and staring at a filled house, one thing was clear. Rock, rap, and the world will never be the same now that Hyro Da Hero as arrived. The rain has begun…
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Photo Credit: Priscilla Chavez
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See Hyro as part of our "Rockin' Roundtable" with Korn, Hollywood Undead, Derek Mears, Valora, and more here!