Demo Reviews Vol. 20


First Demo Tape (Front)
It’s that time once again for me to review demo’s sent in by you, the readers. I’m feeling under the weather and kinda cranky so, just be warned. But, you know what? A lot of these demo’s would be pretty bad if I felt great so , no excuses. After all, you were all warned as to my reviewing style. We’re in this together.
Anyway, PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME ANY MORE DEMOS. I got enough to last me for a while and I won’t be accepting submissions.
Oh, and to the dude I met in Switzerland who handed me a demo to review, I’m afraid the cd got cracked in my bag. If you got a link, send it over. Sorry about that.
So, each review is basically a paragraph of my thoughts then a number rating from 1-10 in the categories.
Production:

Vocals:

Listenability:

Originality:

If you feel slighted by a 5 out of 10, realize that, in my eyes, anything over a 5 means it’s not terrible. No one has ever gotten an 8. So, take it all with a grain of salt.
So, let’s get into it. May buddah have mercy on your soul.

Artist: Both Bowers
Song: New mind


There’s something very “Group Home” about this. Not in the production but in the rhyming. It’s just very…simplistic.

is this off the dome of something? It’s possible the most rudimentary rapper I’ve ever gotten to review. That’s not a good thing. It’s too bad cause his voice is actually decent. He just sounds like someone who JUST started rapping. The beat is very middle of the road. A good rapper would make it passable but not this dude.
Production:
4 out of 10
Vocals:
3 out of 10
Listenability:
4 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist:Astroknot 7
Song:Icing


Oh cool…a beat that never changes and sounds about 1/5th finished. I see that the person is very happy with their sample chopping but I’mma need a LOT more than just that and some drums. A bassline would be a nice start. But even beyond the lack of other parts, the main chop is fairly grating to begin with.
Production:
2.5 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
3 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Resident Alien
Song: The Satan


I’m not sure what genre this qualifies for. Whatever it is, I’m not into it. It’s got an intense male on male rape vibe to it. Like this could be the soundtrack to a jail with all the lights off. Again, not really in my wheelhouse so don’t be mad. I simply don’t listen to shit like that.
Production:
3.5 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a (unless the talking counts as vocals, which i don’t think it should)
Listenability:
2.5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist:Truth Clipsy x Caveman the wise
Song: Birthday cake


All this guy wants for his birthday is a big booty hoe. CAN ANYONE GET HIM ONE?!?!!?!
This beat is pretty good. A nice airy vibe to it. The rapping is okay. The singing doesn’t bother me. All that together and you got a decent demo. Compared to the other demo’s thus far, this like hearing De la soul for first time.
Production:
5.5 out of 10
Vocals:
4.5 out of 10
Listenability:
5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Splatter
song: Melt


Some thugged out Enya shit going on here. It takes some cool turns and is very mellow.
Feels like it made in the rain. Like , literally the dude had an umbrella over his computer. The vibe is that strong. Could use a few more changes to stand alone as a song but it’s pretty good all together.
Production:
5.5 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
5.5 out of 10
Originality:5 out of 10

Artist: Broken Rope
song: Comb the blades out

https://soundcloud.com/brycebeverlinii/comb-the-blades-out
This is the alternate side of “White voice”. He’s got one but not a bad one. It’s not whiney or nasal. It’s the type of voice that , if he learned how to use it right , it could be pretty good. The thing is, the guy can flow decently but , for some reason, it just kinda sounds like a spoken work poetry. Also, the singing…nah bro. Chill with that.
The beat is kinda just there. Seems like an afterthought.
Production:
3 out 10
Vocals:
4.5 out of 10
Listenability:
4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Paraphrase
Song: Prozac Disconnect


People need to embrace that rapping in affected voices (in this case like they’re in Funkdoobiest) will never have staying power.

These guys can kinda flow. I feel like a lot of the flow has to do with how they’re using their voices. I even think there are some good lyrics in here but the flow is so cartoonish they get lost. So, my advice? Rap in whatever voice you talk in. Even if you got a serious case of White Voice, at least you don’t sound like a mediocre rapper from 97. Don’t hide behind an “accent”.
The beat is lame except for that vocal sample. I like that part.
Production:
3.5 out of 10
Vocals:
4 out of 10
Listenability:
4 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Blunts over Everything
Song: Rude Boy


This is scum bag music. I don’t mean that in a bad way. I get the feeling these dudes are bout whatever low life life they’re rapping about. I’m not mad at this. Can’t say I’d wanna peep it again but I also just woke up and have a headache. This is one of those songs that teeters the line between some hard crunkish shit and something a juggalo might make.
The beat is fine. The played out drum break works but the star of it are the little pianos.
Production:
4.5 out of 10
Vocals:
5 out of 10
Listenability:
5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: Power bottom Benjiman butthole button barf fart ect…
Song:unprofessional wrestling


It would appear someone spent more time coming up with a name than focusing on the actual music part. This isn’t terrible. It just kinda is. It sounds like video game music, but during a scene when the hero finds the princess.
Production:
4 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
4 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Sanguivorus
Song:Clongono


If you’re gonna make a song based entirely off drums (at least until the 1:30 mark) I would hope the drums sounds would be a little better. These are stock sounds mixed weirdly. The the drops finally happens, it’s pretty underwhelming. This simply isn’t very interesting.
Production:
3 out of 10
Vocals:
n/a
Listenability:
3 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

So that do you think?

16 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 20

  1. that splatter track leans pretty heavily on vincent gallo’s ‘was’, du jour source material for corny post-dilla stoners since egon mentioned seeing a gallo record sitting in madlib’s ‘to be sampled’ pile.

    • incidentally, shlohmo (one of those post-dilla pot fiends who actually went on to develop an engaging sound) has used elements of gallo’s work to greater and much subtler effect.

  2. Hey Blockhead. Firstly, thanks for your tunes, i really dig them. This reply is not about the demos subject on the post and actually not a reply but a question. I was wondering if the vocals in ‘The Music Scene’ are sampled from another song. And if that’s the case could tell what song is it? Keep up the good work. Cheers from Portugal

  3. Rude Boy is not an original beat… Original is done by a pretty famous dubstep group called Zeds Dead. They also have a rapper (Omar Linx) that tours with them that rapped over it


    • Ah..I see. I wish people would stop sending me that kinda bullshit. I’m blissfully unaware of most electronic music so when people steal it, I’m pretty clueless.

      • Yeah, it just seems shady on their part to do that and not give you the heads up. I enjoy the demo submissions… keep em coming! If you ever are ready for some more submissions, I’ll be sure to include one of my shitty originals as well.

  4. Digging splatter this time around. Is there any culminating Championship deal you’re planning with the Most Voted Demo’s of each installment or something?

    • Nope. I do a year end thing where people vote for the demo of the year but there’s no prize or anything. Just the most pathetic bragging rights known to man.

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