Swamp Thing brings horror to life in “Firedogs”
Instead of drawing inspiration from society and the game, the enigmatic rap trio of Toronto Swamp Thing pays homage to their favourite horror movies and sci-fi B-sides in their latest record Fire Dogs.
Laced with a brand of sinister and deranged rap lyrics and beats, the new album from Timbuktu, Chokeules, and Savilion lays to rest any doubt about the prowess of dark rap.
Sonically similar to the style of groups like Swollen Members (especially their early work) the three emcees each throw down their own brand of vocals over seriously progressive beats.
The album also features the likes of other known Toronto emcees like Juno nominee D-Sisive and the Wordburglar, and even Ghettosocks on just about every song.
The rapping style resonates the amazingness of hip-hop groups long passed, like the great Wu-Tang Clan or even the Fugees at times. It’s great to see more group work in a seemingly cold generation of narcissisitic hip-hoppers out for their own.
Not out of lack of respect for what individual rappers are doing, but the 80s and 90s saw a strong rising of hip-hop groups, which seemed to dissipate in the 21st century.
But these three form one hell of a power trio, more evident than ever in their sophomore release, a follow up to their debut Creature Feature.
What stands out especially about Firedogs is the somber tone and dark lyrical imagery. You can get rap in many shapes or forms, but I’ve always found this to be one of the hardest to do and the best rap out there when flawlessly executed. Swamp Thing epitomizes what this is all about.
To be honest, it would be hard to pinpoint a best or worse song on the album, since from start to finish it plays out like one solid track that just changes tones and BPM.
The best beat production on the album is no doubt (but arguable by anyone else’s standards) on track 6 “Raw Minded” that samples a Halloween style guitar riff with a mean Wu-Tang style bass line.
Check out the first single and video from the new album for the track “Elephant Man” featuring Ghettosocks.