News•June 13, 2007 7:42 PM ET•3,968 views
Hydra Head to release Dälek rarities
Official press release: Hydra Head Records has announced plans to release "Deadverse Massive Vol. 1: Dälek Rarities 1999-2006" out July 24th. On the heels of their latest full-length, Abandoned Language, MC Dälek and beat-master Oktopus unfurl a collection of dream-like instrumentals, ten-ton remixes (including Enon’s unforgettable “In This City”) and scarce gems from the last seven years. Deadverse Massive Volume 1 is no odds n’ sods collection, but rather an addendum to a body of work that already rests comfortably atop underground hip-hop’s proverbial heap. Over the ominous grind of metallic friction and industrial-strength beats, MC Dälek flows like silk on glass, foregoing all the usual hip-hop lyrical conventions for something darker, more textural, and infinitely memorable. Did we mention that this is Hydra Head’s first hip-hop release? Well, it is. Then again, our man Oktopus has already appeared twice in the Hydra Head Remix series, reinterpreting the work of both Isis and Knut with exceptional results. So when you think about it, these dudes were pretty much part of the family all along. With a slew of critic-praised albums under their belts (including their most recent full-length for Ipecac Recordings, "Abandoned Language"), MC Dälek and beat-master Oktopus are prime runners in keeping hip hop vitalized, hungry, and forward thinking. Deadverse Massive Volume 1 is an outstanding compilation of rare tracks, engaging instrumentals, and remixes — a body of work that embodies an atmosphere, lyrical flow, and vision all their own. Hydra Head does it all: one-man black metal symphonies, instro-metal, shoegazing sludge, two-manned Big Black worship, and now progressive, underground, and memorable hip hop. All their bands sound different. But what’s the tie that binds? They’re some of the best at what they do. And their little family is incestuous, to boot! Dälek have toured with Isis and Knut, as well as remixed both those metal heavyweights.