I was never a fan of horror flicks back in the day. I say back in the day, but I still don’t like those shit-shows. I would use excuses like they weren’t realistic and they were too predictable to be enjoyable. In actuality, I was, and still am, a giant pussy fart. This trip into Verbal’s past is brought to you by this creepy, yet awesome, art work for Satan in the Mirror, Atari’s first release with Uncommon Records.
Blitzkrieg brought out the demons for this album, as well as Satan’s choice of instrument, the guitar. Atari is known for rapping circles around your favorite rapper, but he shreds some chords on this track, “Hallelujah.”
Most of Satan in the Mirror has a much darker sound and feel than we’re used to from Atari. He’s ever evolving his sound all the while keeping his patented uber-fast lyric delivery. No two Atari albums have the same feel, and SITM keeps that streak alive. There’s even a bonus cut where he harnesses his inner metal and thrash roots and screams like he’s trying-out for Black Flag. I’m a huge fan of artists that push the envelope of “their” genre and who aren’t afraid to try out-of-the-box things. “GAWS” for example is a satirical ride into the world of “swag.” Definitely worth your listen.
Production on the album was done by Atari himself as well as a track a piece by Krohme, Nasa and Black-Tokyo. This 6 (7 counting the bonus cut)-track album is available for just $4.99 at Uncommon Records’ Bandcamp. Keep a look out for Technicolor Crime Scenes, which will be Atari’s full length on the Staten Isle based label.
Wait there’s more? The Blitz produces more music than most. About 40 days or so after the release of Satan in the Mirror, the mid-Atlantic based emcee dropped Air Christ. This is a 5-cut jammy that is in complete polar opposites of the aforementioned Satan in the Mirror. Just like SITM is a precursor to a full length, Air Christ is setting the tone for Deer God, due out sooner than when you’ll admit to clearing your browser history when you’re at your mom’s.
Atari produced every track himself except for “New Morning” which was done by the big homie IV the Polymath. Air Christ starts off with a track dedicated to the Hawaiian lifestyle. A cool, calming tribute with a soulful hook courtesy of Mio Soul. Guitars are prevalent on this EP, too, but not the Devil-worshiping thrashing we heard on SITM. Peep the soothing, easy-going backdrop on “New Morning,” also featuring Mio Soul:
Air Christ can be yours for just $1. Or more if you’re feeling generous. Head on over to Atari Blitzkrieg’s Bandcamp and click the “Buy Now” button.
Two EPs than can be yours for a combined $5.99. You’re welcome, world.