Tech N9ne "Therapy – Sessions With Ross Robinson" EP Review – 5 out of 5 stars
Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:38:57
Tech N9ne's affinity for heavy metal has never been a secret.
However, he takes that palpable passion and ignites his most incendiary salvo yet on Therapy – Sessions With Ross Robinson EP. Dropping November 5 [iTunes link], the eleven-track set sees Tech team up with legendary producer Ross Robinson—the man behind Korn, Slipknot, and Limp Bizkit's debut albums—for an exorcism of hip-hop and heavy unlike anything you've ever heard. Like the same secret sauce Rage Against the Machine brewed on their iconic self-titled debut, Tech finds a balance between rapid fire rap gusto and guttural rock groove.
Propelled by steamrolling six-string fireworks, "Public School" featuring Krizz Kaliko, opens with a raging metallic call-to-arms as Tech laments the quality of public education. It's instantly powerful as Tech's inimitable swag was meant for metal. Meanwhile, "Head Now" featuring Bernz & Wrekonize slips from Wes Borland guitar brilliance into a chant of, "We don't need head now". Everyone's come around to Tech, but he's always been this dope—he's just glad to let you know he doesn't need your "head" right now.
Then, "Hiccup" sputters out more raucous riffing and more pure rage from the man behind the mic. Throughout the EP, you get classic Tech N9ne on the likes of the pensive "Shame on Me" featuring Caroline Dupuy Heerwagen and "I.L.L." However, everything builds up to the personal and punishing "Stop the Sailor". You've got to hear it and feel it to believe it.
Throughout, Tech and Ross talk, making up the sessions. It adds a deeper element to Therapy. This is one of Strange Music's most brilliant and brutal offerings yet. It also sees Tech starting yet another revolution.
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