The Funeral Pyre – December EP

The Funeral Pyre December EP:

Here’s a band from LA trying to combine Death and Black metal. Defiantly not the first band to do it, but still it’s a nice idea. And these guys show that when it’s done well, it’s awesome. Just look at the first track. Awesome atmosphere, great guitar part, and the screeching vocals really accent it all. Then the rest of the CD just falls miserably flat. The music is uninspired and the vocals become grating. These guys are not a bad band, rather they are a band with a good idea and no idea how to properly execute it. Hopefully their next release will have a more fully developed sound.

Gorilla Zoe – Don’t Feed Da Animals

Gorilla Zoe Don’t Feed Da Animals:

I won’t lie, Gorilla Zoe sounds like some obscure racists epithet. But it’s actually Atlanta’s next rapper poised to break out into the mainstream. So what does he talk rap about? Drugs and hoes mostly. While most rap albums these days are like that, Zoe has the charisma to stand out. Zoe has also made one of the best rap song about mental illness since Ghetto Boys “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Gorilla does fall trap to using that Auto-Tuner bullshit that’s infecting rap, but he does so somewhat tastefully. He also has some blazing beats to back him up. Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, and even Diddy himself show up here. Over all one of the better rap albums to come out in 2009 so far.