John Matraia
John Matraia
21 Oct 2019

The new album There Existed an Addiction to Blood from clipping. is experimental rap, and more specifically, horrorcore, at its finest. It might be the group’s best project to date, and for those who have heard their back catalog, you’ll know that that’s saying quite a bit. But this is truly that good. The group’s 2019 album sucks the listener in, and leaves no room for turning back.

This project is bombastic at times, noisy at times, and genuinely terrifying throughout. Based on the first single, cover art, and the release date, fans knew at the very least that they can expect something spooky this time around. And boy, did the hip-hop outfit deliver on that. This album is full of breathtaking moments and boundary pushing production, and it’s thematically laser-focused, which are just some of the elements that make this a stand-out release. 

Daveed Diggs blacks out on pretty much every track on the album, most notably losing it on tracks like “Nothing is Safe” and “Blood of the Fang”, where his breath control is on another level. Not to mention, his lyrics all over this project are scarily vivid and precise. He proves what makes him such a talented rapper time and time again here on top of some of the sharpest industrial production in all of music. The way that the group is able to weave substance, like commentary on race, drugs, authenticity, death, and more, into this project and keep it cohesive is an incredible feat.

Blood is the musical equivalent of a horror movie, and that’s exactly what the group was shooting for. It’s sure to darken any mood: with moments of suspense, alongside twisted storytelling scattered with shocking moments. There’s a time and a place for an album like this, and I can’t say I’ve heard anything quite like it. I never thought I’d hear Benny the Butcher rapping on a track that morphs into a two minute noise outro. Nor did I expect the album’s outro track to be an eighteen-minute recording of a piano burning, fittingly titled “Piano Burning.”

There’s so much to be said about the chilling There Existed An Addiction to Blood. But I’ll keep it at that for now. Check out one of the best albums of the year across all genres on Spotify down below.