BLKHRTS Music Video for “Wrath of God” Premieres on Wondering Sound
“like riding a roller coaster in the dark: violent, dramatic, and with many unexpected turns.”
“If the straight and narrow path is a fresh, undying and ultimately very boring garden, then Eve, flirting with the demon serpent, is a BLKHRT.” – Westword
“The music is complex… buried samples with busy percussion to create a rough maelstrom of noise, but it’s also bluntly direct.” – Pigeons and Planes
“…trailer park flattening songs that approximate the feeling of trying to stop a hurricane with plywood.” – Passion of the Weiss
Combining thumping beats, religious imagery, and one very talented dancer, BLKHRTS set the stage for what is sure to be one of the most interesting and different music videos that you’ll see from a rap group this year.
Today Wondering Sound premieres the visuals for the BLKHRTS single “Wrath of God”. They write, “Before “Wrath of God” from Denver group BLKHRTS is even one minute old, we’ve already seen blood on reefer, mushroom clouds and Hiroshima. That dark imagery is a good indication of the group’s aesthetic: ice-cold electronics that plunge like icycles and crash against booming, depth-charge percussion.”
BLKHRTS are a force of nature. Their live show is like a hurricane slamming into a shoreline at a thousand miles an hour or an avalanche triggered by barbaric yawp. King Foe, one third of the Velociraptor-voiced Denver rap trio, describes them as the “breath that you take the moment after the bungee cord is extended to its fullest extent jumping into the Grand Canyon.”
“There’s a grand and emotive romanticism and fatalism to our sound, but we layer it over hard beats,” says Yonnas, the group’s producer. “It’s that dichotomy of being the most hard and soft thing in the room.”
A nationally recognized, critically hailed rap crew had never emerged from Denver until BLKHRTS (Yorrissey, King F.O.E., Karma) burst onto the scene in 2011. The local alt-weekly, Westword, named them “Best New Band” and raved about their “unique and progressive” rock-rap hybrid…with “an unbridled energy as ferocious as Onyx, as primal as Body Count and as frenzied and unhinged as Bad Brains.”
Pitchfork named their debut BLK S BTFL one of the year’s best over-looked mixtapes. The review celebrated the group’s eclectic sample choices (Joy Division, Eraserhead, Gravediggaz) and described their sound as “riding a roller coaster in the dark: violent, dramatic, and with many unexpected turns.”
BLKHRTS recently released the mixtape Death, Romance and The Color BLK, which precedes the Love is Thicker Than Blood EP due out in the first quarter of 2015. Before the release of the EP, BLKHRTS are releasing two bonus songs on black heart shaped vinyl called DeadDrop, as part of a series of random releases. The first of these will be released in the fourth quarter of 2014.
“We’re really confident in our grasp of rock music and the way to interpolate that with hip-hop,” Yonnas says. “We’re not making rap-rock. We’re making hard-core rap music that uses textures and the loud/soft dynamic and the textual element of rock and guitars. We’re the best guitar players in rap.”
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