When I began writing this post around 3 a.m. Tuesday, I didn’t expect to pull an all-nighter. But then again, I also didn’t expect to come across Kill The Noise’s new LP, Occult Classic.
Verbalized most accurately as violent but liberating, this ten-song album is just one of the many reasons why I’ve spent the last 48 hours going cross-eyed. After all, this album didn’t speak to me.
This album screamed to me.
The more I listened to Occult Classic, the less I could perceive the thought of sleeping. And as the sun began to rise, I realized that I had just played “Fuk Ur Mgmt” more than 37 times in three hours.
Basically, my recent work bender would have been deemed unproductive had it not been for the grimy sensation of Jake Stanczak. Better known by his stage name, Kill The Noise’s latest collection of dub-step/electro (call it whatever the fuck you want to call it) is as engaging and distracting as it’s ever been.
Occult Classic not only has the potential to exceed Jake’s previous masterpiece, the BLVCK MVGIC EP, but it could realistically go down as his true, Magnum Opus. A masterpiece of epic proportions.
In real life, Jake Stanczak may not look the part of an angry, mosh-starting bass producer. In fact, from his portly stature and rosy red cheeks, you’d probably guess he’s the general manager of an Applebee’s. Maybe even T.G.I. Friday’s.
That said, don’t be fooled. As a musician, Stanczak’s anthems pierce through other sounds, sparking goosebumps your forearms didn’t even know existed.
Ergo, “Kill The Noise.”
Whether he is just inherently angry with the world or had something to prove with his new album, Occult Classic is undoubtedly an achievement. Throughout the birth of so many duds in dance music, it’s often more satisfying to note the certain few artists that have triumphed through changing industrial landscapes.
And clearly, Kill The Noise is one of them.
ALBUM REVIEW: Occult Classic by Kill The Noise
Occult Classic has ten songs. None of them sound the same, but all of them sound exactly like Kill The Noise.
1. “Kill It 4 the Kids” (feat. AWOLNATION & ROCK CITY)
Just a perfect intro. Majestic, one might say.
2. “Fuk Ur Mgmt”
I am very curious what (or who) inspired this song, but I’m too busy playing it on repeat and attempting to run through brick walls as a result.
In “Fuk Ur Mgmt,” an angry Stanczak beautifully expresses his clear pessimism for a convoluted music industry. About halfway through, the song progresses from something you’d hear in a club to something you’d hear at a haunted Slinky factory.
In all seriousness, this song is nasty. If anything, this groovy little number could quickly turn many anti-dubheads (if that term exists) into admirers of the bass.
3. “Mine” w/ Bryn Christopher
4. “I Do Coke” w/ Feed Me
I haven’t even listened to this song yet and I’m already a massive fan. Maybe I’m wrong, but this seems very clearly like a knock on the hottest song of 2015.
You know, the one that goes “I can’t feel my face when I’m with you..”
BREAKING: The Weeknd isn’t talking about a girl in that song. He’s talking about cocaine.
5. “Without a Trace” (feat. Stalking Gia)
6. “Louder” w/ Tommy Trash (feat. Rock City)
This track came out months ago, but it set the tone for this album and was widely played over the summer of 2015.
7. “Dolphin On Wheels” w/ Dillon Francis
Shame on you two, Kill the Noise and Dillon Francis.
You have all this talent, and you decide to make “Dolphin On Wheels?”
I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed. I’m disappointed that the person who made this ridiculous album and Dillon Francis (one of my faves) decided to make yet another jungle-influenced track seemingly only produced to annoy us and mock society.
I’m all for sticking it to the man and that stuff, but here was a clear opportunity to co-create something great here. Instead, Jake and Dillon decided to literally make a joke out of the seventh song on this album.
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’m finally going crazy, or maybe I’ve just completely lost my taste in music.
So please, save me a migraine, and tell me you don’t like this song. In fact, if there is anyone out there that does think this song is good whatsoever, we want to know.
Comment in the section below and tell us why you think listening to “Dolphin On Wheels” is a better use of our time than sitting Indian style on a pile of broken glass. And while you’re at it, please include a mailing address so we can glitter-bomb your ass.
On a lighter note, “Dolphin On Wheels” might be the only disappointment from Occult Classic.
8. “Lose Ya Love”
9. “Spitfire Riddim” w/ Madsonik (feat. twoton)
Next to peanut butter and jelly, reggae-dubstep might be the greatest combination ever invented. In “Spitfire Riddim,” Kill The Noise one-upped the competition with a violent take on the sub-genre.
10. “All In My Head” (feat. AWOLNATION)