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If 2020 was supposed to provide mankind with a clear vision of what to expect in the next epoch, then shit ain’t looking good at all. The 20th year of the Common Era has instead been marked by political chaos akin to Civil Rights era Amerikka, pervasive pandemic paranoia, a bubbling over of long brewing racial tensions from coast to coast, and a furthering of the economic divisions between classes. No where else is that more exemplified than the concrete jungles of New York City.

The spots where blooming retail outlets, luxury apartments, and chi-chi night clubs flourished just six months ago, are now being replaced with dope fiends and armies of homeless city dwellers setting up shooting galleries in broad day. Crime in the subways is on the rise and the shootings in the projects are looking like 1992 again. Youth gangs hold sway over hoods while jaded police officers turn a blind eye to the urban decay.

The esteemed gentlemen in the seminal NYC Black hardcore outfit Rebelmatic saw and heard everything going on in their city and weren’t happy. Something had to be done and something had to be said about the wicked times we’re spiraling into. Earlier this year, Creature (vocals), Karnage (Bass), Alkatraz (Guitar), and Ramsey Jones (Drums) locked in the studio and funneled all the angst, confusion, fear, and rage into Pro Tools sessions and a fucking gut punch of an LP was borne.

“Ghost in the Shadows” is the hardcore social justice soundtrack to a post-apocalyptic New Yiddy. There’s nothing sweet about this plate – these boys are serving up the venom raw and uncut to match the times we’re living in. Joints like “Insult To Injury”, “Blood and Gold”, and “Fire This Time” combine scathing lyrics, raw, and at times unhinged vocal delivery, and maniacal instrumentation to produce what may be their finest work to date. If y’all heard their previous works “Elephant Amnesia”, “Prey for The Vulture”, “Eat The Monster” and “Judas Goat” then you know this record is a fuckin’ problem.

I recently caught up with Rebelmatic front man and downtown celeb Creature during their press run for “Ghost” and we chopped it up on what inspired this stick of audio dynamite, how the band was adjusting to this new COVID-19 world, and what their follow up is going to be. Sit back and enjoy…

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