Live review: Mr. Invisible, Meek Is Murder

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Mr. Invisible, Meek is Murder, East of the Wall, Dead Sea $crilla
The Milestone
Nov. 21, 2011

There's not often a night that is booked so well it can incorporate two genres, from one end of the spectrum to the other. In recent years, hip-hop and metal have grown closely related in audience, but, when it comes down to it, they are like apples and oranges. However, sometimes they can coexist and create something spectacular — a night of smooth transitions from nodding heads to flying hair, from singing guitars to dope beats, ass shaking and hand waving. This was the scene at the Milestone this past Monday night as a showcase of brutality in two forms took the stage.

Before the audience could gather themselves, Brooklyn's Meek is Murder came with the sickness as their technical metal dominated ears across the venue. Jaws dropped as they shredded their guitars, massacred the drums and screamed in a rabid frenzy. Bodies flung to every note and breakdown. Hip-hop kids got down to the brutality well into the next set from East of the Wall, Meek is Murder's touring companion who progressed into a medley of harsh screams over triple guitar overlay and hard hitting drums.

As Dead Sea $crilla kicked off the night with remarkably fluid lyrical skills with a quirky twist, when Mr. Invisible took the stage, it became a metal sandwich with hip-hop bread. Animated and talented, they spit rhymes like old skoal they'd been dying to get out of their mouth and brought the audience to the stage, waving them on and getting down to the beat.

Hands down, Mr. Invisible has got to be the most talented hip-hop group in our area. With skills on their Mashines that landed them a deal with the company, they can make anyone appreciate the intricacies that go behind beat producing. As they ferociously pound on their pads, producing beats before everyone's eyes, the entire room gets into it, then they pick up their mics and slay it all like a knight encountering a dragon with vigilance and precision.

As has been the tradition lately when Aswell plays, the end of the night resulted in a full-on dance party of hits, old and new. Everyone in the place filed to the center of the room and danced it out, holding onto the amazing vibes felt and openly stating that this was the best metal/hip-hop show they'd ever been to.

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