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The Seven Doorz To Death/ Twitch Of The Deadz Nervez- Music Reviews

The J.Hexx Project’s unique double album offering (on one disc) THE SEVEN DOORZ TO DEATH/TWITCH OF THE DEADZ NERVEZ is a complex album filled with grotesque visuals, which in plenty of cases act as sinister metaphors for some of life’s less physically savage (but significant, regardless) abuse. The album has a vibe that conjures visions of The Gravediggaz, meeting up with Necro to compile an excellent piece of work (note that I personally extend that as a compliment). There’s a unique embraceable quality about the album that is clearly fueled by strong hooks, discreet, yet insanely deep lyrics, excellent production with some sampling that really makes the album feel more like a sadistic Tarantino film than a standard horror album.
J.Hexx flexes some wild personality(’s) and the constant fluctuations within the mood of the music keeps the album quite refreshing. Aside from personality alone, Hexx keeps his rhyme structures constantly evolving, providing a stimulating contrast from one song to the next. Hexx is clearly an intelligent musician, who proves his worth and then-some with this latest release. While I’ve been so busy praising Hexx’s talents, and verbal diversity - I think it’s important to extend some serious praise to those involved with producing the album. Understanding, AWOL & Tino, Whitebeats, and J. Hexx all step up to paint a background portrait layered with dark, energetic tones that pack legit replay value. The total package is really quite impressive.

A few personal notes I’d like to include briefly… It’s great to hear modern beats, rhymes and schemes that  somehow manage to conjure some strange form of nostalgia. The more I explore the album, the more I find myself reminiscing, traveling back to the mid 90’s. My younger years, which I, admittedly miss quite a bit (can you say arrested development). Hmmm… maybe that’s the main reason I’ve taken such a liking to this album… One final note: Gus Cervantes has crafted two of the best album covers (all genres included) I’ve ever seen. Hats off to you sir for some fabulous work!

3 & 1/2 SKULLS OUT OF FOUR

The New Times /Broward Palm Beach edition

"The first horror movie I saw was The Exorcist when I was 3 years old," Rentas says. "I'm sure you can imagine what it did to me. At first, it horrified me, but it had a huge impact and eventually changed my life."

That merger of horror-core and hip-hop can be heard on his debut album, The Seven Doorz to Death, a 23-track disc that begs for a parental advisory label and features J. Hexx killing as many imaginary characters as possible. It's a smart merger of late '90s Eminem and the Gravediggaz. While some of the songs may test your gag reflex, it's a healthy way for Hexx to get his aggression out creatively.
That's what makes his music so captivating. Just when you're disgusted enough to turn it off, he drops some piece of stop-you-in-your-tracks wittiness into a few verses, making you hit rewind and compelling you to continue listening.

 

KikAxeMusic.com

The Mountain Of The Cannibal God-Music Reviews

It’s an incredibly rare occurrence to discover an album that not only peaks intrigue, but actually draws you into an engaging tale more fit for the big screen than a CD. Those rare accomplishments are not only memorable, they’re impacting on a psychological level as well as a personal level. In the case of the latest The J.Hexx Project release, listeners are treated to the theatrical treatment, and in terms of the potential impact the album could leave on fans, longevity feels all but inevitable.


Mountain of the Cannibal God is a collection of skits and songs that rely on solid continuity and a grim, almost vintage narrative that feels like George Romero might have met with Lucio Fulci and said ‘Hey, let’s find someone to turn one of our movies into an album,’. It’s a strangely eerie blend (that The J.Hexx Project describes as “Giallocore”) that makes for a more frightening experience than the vast majority of horrorcore album’s released today.

Without going too far into the story that lies in wait, I’ll say this: The story revolves around a family (Jake eventually emerges the stories lead) who undergoes a downward spiral that would leave Trent Reznor’s head spinning at twice the rate of a young Linda Blair.

Jake is a doomed child from the start, and some outlandish tactics from his waste of a father establish an early subconscious inclination to savage violence and drug abuse. The album, through a series of vivid songs and straight-forward skits (that really due feel more like tweaked samples than original material, which is a great compliment) chronicle the fall of Jake, which include some excessively violent situations he finds himself in. And these tracks are certainly not for the kiddies, and they’re certainly not aimed at the weak of heart or stomach.


It’s actually a difficult task to say any one single song is better than the other. They actually all rely on one another to create a cohesive project.


While that’s an obvious strength of the album, it’s also a surprising poison. Mountain of the Cannibal God is a bit like LOST, if you expect to fall into the mix at the halfway point, you’ve missed some key elements of the story, which in turn can create a little confusion. Given we’re discussing one single album, it’s not a huge point of vulnerability, but it’s a complaint that could well merit criticism.


All that said, I’m more than happy to watch a 90 minute 1970’s drive-in film packed with gore, and dismemberment; why would I not be willing to listen to one?


And make no mistake, that’s exactly what The J.Hexx Project’s latest album is. It’s a fast paced, graphic story that blends a series of horror sub-genre’s, and pays homage to countless genre filmmakers, films and iconic figures along the way. The passion invested in this project is more than evident, and the overall production mirrors the time and work put into the conceptualization; By all accounts, this is virtually a script we’re being read.

  Were I to rate this album, I’d rate it a solid B+ effort, worthy of time and attention. The cinematic feel of the album is an enjoyable element that will likely set this release up to hit the fast track. The unorthodox angle of the package may also ignite a curiosity that’s been missing within the sub-genre for years.

Mortal Gore

"All in all it’s one of the most original albums we have ever heard. It’s stylized on a 70’s exploitation movie. It has everything a listener would expect: gore, violence, filth, horror, tragedy, drama, cannibalism and the list goes on. It’s sick and disturbing and definitely not for everyone. We are pretty sure that one day MOTCG will become a classic. Not only is it based on classical movies but it is also a great concept album. It’s a breath of fresh air in this genre and an example of excellent work. J. Hexx put a lot of emotions into this record and a listener can clearly hear that. Hell, it put a lot of emotions into us, as listeners. What is more, it keeps one on the edge of one’s seat the whole time because the plot is very interesting, suspenseful, and it has twists.

To sum this review up Mortal Gore highly recommends this album to everyone who enjoys horror movies and horrorcore music. It’s original and it’s one of the best albums this genre has to offer. J. Hexx has turned an artist that was unfamiliar with his music into one of his biggest fans! Give this album a listen, and you shall be amazed!"

The F'N Spot

Wow, J Hexx really pulled it off, after years of planning and such,
he finished the album.
And may I say, it’s well worth the wait.

The portrayal of the story is superb,
the production is amazing, and the story is great.

It’s well made, well planned and just basically a great concept album.
Nothing in the world can ever be perfect, but this is very close.
I’d say about 9.1/10
A great album.
I base this on the portayal of the story, the acting, how the album was put together and of course the production & lyrics.

Itunes

Very well constructed album- Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Good to see horrorcore return to conceptual roots again. The whole record is a good listen and Bad Mind killed the production. "Lover In The Wall" is definately my favorite, but every track is unique in it's own way.

The F'N Spot

Music To Die For-Music Review

The master of Giallo Horror Rap, “The J. Hexx Project” returns with his first instrumental release, “Music To Die For”. Catchy, dark, and full of variety, while paying homage to the horror comedy “Cemetery Man”. It’s solid all the way through. “Kill Slut” is a beast of an Instrumental! By far defines what this album is all about. If only we could hear some “Gangsta Rap” legends like Ice-T Or Dr. Dre, spit something on this!

 

“Lovers Promise” and “Death Trance” are those tracks you could put on repeat for hours upon hours, while kicking back with a blunt, freeing your mind from all the built up stress. Meanwhile “Nightmare City” is a time warp back to epic long movie trailers via late 1970’s/early 1980’s. It also contains a funky bass line that keeps your head bobbing long after the tracks finished. “Demoni Master” is another excellent cut full of DJ scratching.

The closer, “Tears Of Blood” is a great way to end “Music To Die For”. It’s on that classic Wu-Tang Clan vibe. Definitely could be used during a scene in Afro Samurai. Fans of Instrumentals in general shouldn’t sleep on this release, for The J. Hexx Project proves he is one hell of a producer!

Cinema Terror

Broken Mirrors, Shattered Minds- Music Reviews

The J. Hexx Project, J. Hexx for short, is a proud MC in the horrorcore genre who takes his craft seriously. Horrorcore is a subgenre of hip-hop that mixes rapping with themes that are mostly featured in horror films or heard in rock music. While that genre might sound perfect for fans of hip-hop music and horror films, it is sadly a genre that haven’t really lived up to its potential for quite some time. The biggest artists in the genre like Insane Clown Posse and Twiztid has been active for 15+ years and most newer artists who is trying to make an impact ends up trying to hard to copy them and forget that they need to find their own musical identity and most important of all, take their time to develop their craftmanship.The state of horrorcore as of today could be compared to the horror genre if the only alternatives we had from it were shitty shot on video gore films with no artistic craftmanship behind the camera.

Here’s where The J. Hexx Project came in for me. He proved with his debut collection, a combination of The Seven Doorz of Death EP and Twitch of the Deadz Nervez LP that he is a true MC of the classic 90′s New York school. This school had the attitude that if you are not bringing any lyrical skills to the mic, then you will be slapped. It didn’t matter if you had a catchy hook or a beat that would make young people dance, if you had no skills you would get booted off the stage quick. Combine this background with a fascination for the golden age of brutal exploitation films of the late 70′s, then you get The J. Hexx Project. A unique artist, not only in the horrorcore genre, but in music as a whole. Who else would create a subgenre of horrorcore called giallocore? Who else would sample a movie like The New York Ripper or create an album called Mountain of the Cannibal God?

And that’s his follow up album to his impressive debut. Mountain of the Cannibal God was appropriately called a giallocore album by the artist himself. It’s an homage to both the creators of the horrorcore sound and also the grindhouse era of cinema. Delivering a coherent story based concept album is almost unheard of in hiphop, although several have tried and mostly failed. It is a genre that celebrate single tracks instead of albums, but thanks to the focus he had when he was creating that album, the storyline works and you can also pick out single tracks for your enjoyment when you don’t want to listen to a whole album.

After trying something new by releasing an instrumental album called Music To Die For in 2011, he is now back with his new album Broken Mirrors, Shattered Minds which was made available on its release date of April 24th. This time around he is not only performing, but also producing all eleven tracks on the album.

This album is brutal! J. Hexx is letting frustrations and aggression flow through this album, not wasting a single line on filler lyrics while he is hacking and slashing himself through it all. It almost sounds like he feels he has something to prove and I think that lyrically, this album is his best to date. By producing the entire album himself, he is able to give it a coherent sound while still making each track sound different. Horror film enthusiasts will have fun spotting the samples that are spread out on the album and it is not just your regular Halloween theme or stuff like that. There’s some stuff on this that I know I have heard before myself, but are unable to figure out. Fans of hardcore hip-hop should enjoy the overall sound of this, it’s gritty and I can only describe it as the sound that New York is missing and searching for today.

There are, as always with him, some interesting concepts behind some of the songs. I’m used to not spoiling anything when I review films, so I’m gonna keep it the same here, especially since songs are more up for interpretations than movies are. There is however no doubt that he is spending some time speaking directly towards the horrorcore crowd and he seems quite frustrated with the state of the subgenre, which comes to no surprise since it is not exactly in its prime in 2013. The awesome “Opera of Fear” is a good example of a track that deals with this topic.

The album starts off with a bang with the aptly titled “Horror”, which is built on a sample I can’t seem to figure out, although I’m sure it’s some Italian late 70′s / early 80′s film. It is a track that represent this artist very well – hard lyrics, fascination with dirty and grimy horror films and a desire to go a little further and more detailed in describing the brutality than what other mc’s would want to do.

“25 to Life” is another favorite of mine, probably because it represent so much that I miss from hip-hop of today. Tracks like this and “Viking Funeral” is just too ruthless for most newer hip-hop fans. Even if J. Hexx is known in the underground as one of the most humble artists around, there is no fucking around when he gets on the mic. Because of the intensity of the album, the total runtime of 42:17 minutes is perfect. If there were more tracks on this with the same intensity, then it could have become tiresome and I don’t think the addition of one or two slower track would fit very well with the rest of the songs or the purpose of this album.

Even though J. Hexx is an artist that can easily carry an entire album by himself without becoming boring and doesn’t really have to rely on doing collaborations to keep things fresh, but what rapper doesn’t enjoy sharing the mic with other artists that they respect. While this album is hardly a heavily featured album, there are still some collaborations to check out. “Pathogen” with Big Rela and Squire Zama has an interesting idea and the two guests do a worthy job with their verses. “Crazed Maniacs” has Kannibalistik and Crossworm on it. While I couldn’t get into the rapping style of Kannibalistik, Crossworm however comes off as a good partner with J. Hexx and they balanced each other out very well. I would not mind hearing more collaborations between those two guys in the future. Razakel and Sicktanik might be two of the more known names in this underground genre, but they are not able to hang with J. Hexx on “Nightmares” when it comes to lyrics or flow and the track does suffer from it.

Broken Mirrors, Shattered Minds is an album that will continue to please those who have already been exposed to the great demented mind of J. Hexx and hopefully it will also attract new listeners. It is a solid product that has been created with the greatest care and attention to any small detail. This is a must have album for all fans of horrorcore and frankly also for those who miss the honest, raw and hardcore lyrical side of hip-hop. You do not need to have a fascination for the macabre to appreciate the lyrical skills that he brings, although it certainly makes the ride more entertaining. I don’t normally review albums, but I’m making an exception because I believe in this artist 100% and I would not rate any underground artist of 2013 above him. Get this album and support real hip-hop today.

Send More Paramedics

 

After raising the bar in 2010 with his Giallo-inspired masterpiece, Mountain of the Cannibal God (MOTCG), The Gianetto De Rossi of Horror Rap, The J. Hexx Project, is back once more to eviscerate the genre with his latest offering, Broken Mirrors, Shattered Minds (BMSM).

Deviating from the conceptual storytelling approach that worked famously on MOTCG, Hexx set his sights on returning to his Hip Hop roots with this release. Though, the darker themes and haunting melodies remain intact, woven exceptionally throughout the album’s ten tracks. Reminiscent of his earlier work, BMSM showcases some of Hexx’s most elaborate rhyme schemes and wordplay to date. Armed with hard-hitting production (performed & mixed by J. Hexx) that could give famed Horror composer Fabio Frizzi a run for his money, the Schizo paints a cinematic-like splatterfest, strapping the listener into a viscerally relentless ride through the deepest recesses of his mind.

Set to be released April 24, 2013 on Sev’rd Nervez Music, Broken Mirrors, Shattered Minds has all of the ingredients for a Horrorcore/Hip Hop classic. Whether you show up for the intricate flows, raw lyricism or progressive production, J. Hexx once again proves that he is a master at his craft.

The FN'Spot

The Giallo addict “The J. Hexx Project”is back! “Broken Mirrors Shattered Minds” will bring Hip-Hop fans back to the glory days of Non Phixion and Gravediggaz. Each beat was produced by J. Hexx himself. It’s more focused on bars/rugged raw wordplay like ”Seven Doors Of Death”, than the story telling of “Mountain Of The Cannibal God”, but that doesn’t mean it’s not destined to become a cult classic within the underground. You motherfuckers ain’t ready for this, for the lyrics of Broken Mirrors, Shattered Minds, will swiftly pierce through your abdomen via one lunatic, one ice pic.

The flow of “Opera Of Fear” will reanimate a corpse to get up and walk, while the beat to the title track “Broken Mirrors Shattered Mind”, is soothing yet disturbing in a good way.

“Welcome to my horror show, where cadavers get hung up like scarecrows”, croaks J. Hexx on “25 To Life”. A gore soaked track that will leave Horror heads/Hip-Hop fans gasping for more. The beat is where it’s at! I can guarantee hours after the track is finished, listeners will still be bobbing their heads.

Crazed Maniacs (Featuring Crossworm and Kanniblistik) is what horrorcore should be, down right spine-chilling, yet genius. Each artist massacres the beat. if only J. Hexx, Crossworm and Kannibilistik could make a full length LP together, or at least an limited edition five track EP.

The albums ends on a perfect note with “Better Days” it’s laced with a past interview of The J. Hexx Project via Horror Music Radio. It shows his true self and proves yet again J. Hexx has become a master of production.

Other Highlights include “Viking Funeral” “Human Jigsaw Puzzle”, & “Pathogen” (Featuring Big Rela and Squire Zama).
Overall I feel this to be a pretty solid release. If Chucky himself was a fan of Hip-Hop, “Broken Mirrors, Shattered Minds” would be his first pick.