Reviewed! The Black Dots of Death - Ever Since We Were Children


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The Black Dots of Death
Ever Since We Were Children
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Slipknot percussionist/founding member Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan is truly a busy man. With Slipknot on the shelf for the time being, Crahan has kept more than busy, and Ever Since We Were Children, the debut from his latest venture the Black Dots of Death, is proof of that fact. Now keep in mind, yes, the Black Dots of Death is a group that features Crahan within its ranks, but no, it doesn’t sound anything close to Slipknot.

Ever Since We Were Children emits a sound culled from perhaps the deepest, darkest corners of Clown’s psyche, one that combines elements of rock and electronica laid atop a bed of strong hip-hop, a sound many longtime Clown followers might not expect. Opening bombardment “S.A.T.A.N.” sets into motion not only a recurring theme throughout the record – the devil – but also the sort of sound you can expect to protrude from your speakers while Ever Since We Were Children is in the player – lively electronic beats amidst abrasive vocals, all driven by memorable hooks that linger long after you turn the record off. The vocals take a haunting, evocative turn on the very next track “Destroy Everything,” vocals perhaps safe to assume are coming from Clown’s own mouth. The bizarre, unorthodox insanity continues through the well-written “Lower than Dirt” and standout “Uncertainty,” a tune that Marilyn Manson probably wish he was able to lend his name to. Suffice to say, when you undertake Ever Since We Were Children, expect the unexpected.  

Surprises abound around every corner on Ever Since We Were Children, an album that definitely was not content with any two songs sounding alike. Yes, the Black Dots of Death is a side-project of Slipknot’s Clown, but bear in mind that Ever Since We Were Children is about as close to a departure from the traditional Slipknot sound as you could possibly get, and something suggests that Clown would not have it any other way.  

Grade: B-
Go Download: “Uncertainty”    

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