Death Grips Surprised Us With A New Song “Hot Head” on Saturday

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The band that loves fucking with everybody is back, fucking with everybody. Is this the first track from their upcoming LP Bottomless Pit?

I’ve had the chance to cover Death Grips for this site several times, much to the dismay of many of our readers. Their 2015 album Jenny Death was one of my favorites of last year, and many thought it was a return to form for the group after Government Plates and the first half of The Powers That B, Niggas on the Moon (I have retroactively fallen in love with both of those albums since the release of Jenny Death). I also had the chance to see a surreal live performance from Death Grips last year, which was personally redemptive since I missed their last tour due to an unreliable friend and a sold out show.

The band released their The Powers That B double album and embarked on a sold-out nationwide tour after they broke up. It shouldn’t be surprising that out of nowhere Third World, Death Grips dropped “Hot Head” on Saturday.

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“Hot Head” is a logical continuation of “Death Grips 2.0”. The band continue to show their love for lightning fast break beats, alternating between revved up noise effects and a wobbly, drunken synth. MC Ride continues his nonsensical trajectory by trying to keep time with the breaks and offering a repeated chorus rhyming self inflicted, hells existed, and know my business over the wobbles. While the band has offered no explanation for the song’s release, “Hot Head” could be an indication about the next stage of development for the band, essentially them becoming Death Grips 2.0. Check it out above, and stay tuned right here for upcoming news about Bottomless Pit.

Cover image via (credit to Jon Behm at Reviler, from DG’s First Avenue performance)

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  • Sir Tapir The Based

  • COAL GROHL

    this is fukkin weird man

  • Nope.

    • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

      Yeah, i fell off th death grips train after Exmilitary

    • RJA

      I hate to do this to you my man… but I know there was a discussion the other day.
      20buck spin has the first 6 bathory records in stock and Darkthrone “Ravishing Grimness”

      • Fuck dude.

        • RJA

          Fuck indeed.

          • I just bought the Mjölnir – Hinweg über die Tore der Zeit 2xLP from Arcane Altar today. Damn, well hopefully they don’t sell out fast. Thanks for the heads up though.

          • RJA

            Classic. I just placed an order from Arcane Altar today for some Mutiilation stuff I didn’t have and that Armatus 7″.!
            I’m not familiar with that Mjolnir record, will have to check out.

          • Well done sir.

  • i dig it! this might be the time i delve deeper into Death Grips

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Is this the “power electrics” all the kids are talking about?

    • Dubs
      • CyberneticOrganism
        • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

          Fucking jesus . . . Again

        • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

          Now that i think back on it, this girl reminds me of a girl i was trying so very hard to hook up with at my old apt complex. Very petite but the girl had size F Boobs. It was a sight to behold.

          • Waynecro

            When I was a teenager, everyone I was in a band with was nuts about a girl like that. The guitar player later found out she was his distant cousin. We made fun of him relentlessly.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Lolol classic.

          • but our cousins are so attractive

          • Waynecro

            MTV recently aired an episode of True Life about women who married their cousins. I am a ghost, because I died laughing when I watched it.

          • Kanye’s Booty Finger Sundae
          • CyberneticOrganism

            Gah! Let that be a lesson: always do an extensive genealogy search on anyone you find attractive.

          • Max

            The trouble is that anybody you find attractive may well be related; because people tend to go for others that share similar genes. This is often a problem with siblings who were raised separately from birth and meet later in life unwittingly.

            And actually, we’re all distantly related. All white people alive today, for example, can trace their ancestry back to Charlemagne. (And it’s a similar situation for Asians with Genghis Khan.)

            This is because the Holy Roman Emperor sired 14 children who survived to adulthood. Going by average birthrates per couple and the number of generations that have passed since that time, that is, in fact, enough population growth to account for every caucasian alive today.

            If it seems implausible, look at it like this: I’ve got two parents. You have as well, but they’re not the same people as my parents. I’ve got four grandparents, and so have you; but they’re not the same four people either. I’ve got 8 great-grandparents, and so have you, but they’re not the same 8 people.

            Play this game – with you and me, and everybody unrelated you’ve ever met – all the way back in time to medieval Europe and you’ll soon realize it can’t go on like that; otherwise the population would be doubling with every generation back, resulting in trillions of Europeans in the time of Charlemagne – which we know didn’t exist. Quite the opposite – there were much less people of European descent walking the Earth at that time. Our families trees aren’t all a bunch of distinct lines; they’re more like a giant web. Sooner or later, you and I have to share a common ancestor.

            The thing is – inbreeding itself is not always a problem. It’s only a problem when there’s a recessive gene present; because a recessive gene has greater probability of being passed on when the gene pool is more homogenous. The ancient Egyptian dynasties lasted for thousands of years without this problem thanks to the luck of the genetic dice, even though it was customary for the Pharoah’s first wife to be his sister. (Though I gather it eventually caught up with them – we now know Tutankhamen had several genetic defects.)

          • CyberneticOrganism

            I’d expected that kind of response from you, since your children Leto and Ghanima were almost interbred for their Atreides genes.

          • Max

            I was THAT far away from pointing out that King Tut is an ancestor of mine, according to my memories. So too is Shirley McClaine.

          • Kanye’s Booty Finger Sundae

            My ancestor was Keith Richards.

          • Max

            Keith? I thought it was Kenny Rogers. Or Keir Dullea.

          • Kanye’s Booty Finger Sundae

            You better know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, or Kenny Roger’s will fuck you up!

          • Kanye’s Booty Finger Sundae

            And that they speak the tongues of our great great great great great great great grandfather’s distant cousins’ roommates.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Jesus plz!

        • Goddamnit Jesus.

  • Waynecro

    I’ve tried, but I can’t get into Death Grips. Thanks for the great article, though.

    • play it rill loud and freak out the ex?

      • Waynecro

        If she’s not freaked out by how loud I play albums by bands like Revenge and Pissgrave, some Death Grips probably wouldn’t bother her. She’ll probably just think I’m going through an identity crisis or something.

    • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

      Perhaps youd like their Exmilitary (their first?). Its about the only one i like by them.

      • Waynecro

        Thanks. I’ll give that one a try sometime. Whenever I hear something about the band (which is pretty often), I check them out online. Nothing ever sticks for me, though.

        • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD
          • Waynecro

            It’s angry and rhythmic, which I like, but it’s not doing anything for me. I say that now, but it’ll probably be stuck in my head later, haha.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Like i said, im part of the “i dont get this or power electronics/noise/etc” . . This song always gets me hype tho.

            Their new stuff is less hype . . More chaotic

          • Waynecro

            I get that. For me, it’s catchy, but it doesn’t get me ultrapumped.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Happy to do it Necro!

  • BobLoblaw

    COMPLETELY UNRELATED. I was just blocked and had my comments deleted by Fallujah on facebook for bringing up their support of NSBM music a few short years ago (prior to harvest wombs). I may have come across kind of dickey but id love to know how those guys can justify that position.

    • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

      You dont like any NSBM bands?

      • BobLoblaw

        Not in the least. There is a huge difference between spouting ridiculous lyrics (cannibal corpse, gorgasm, etc) and having a viewpoint expressed through lyrics. Thankfully the vast majority of bands that have that viewpoint arent actually good. Example. Fallujah<<<<<<<<<<<Ulcerate.

        • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

          Man. Youre missing out on some dope BM. I believe W and I had this convo a ways back: Drudkh.

          A band YOU KNOW has ns beliefs, disavows them, but makes brilliant music.

          Also, are you american? Hopefully you dont vote republican.

          • BobLoblaw

            Fuck that. Im not missing out by not giving a pretty generic band a chance based on their bullshit lyrics. For every piece of shit NSBM band you could throw my way i could give you back a band thats better and doesnt believe in that shit.

            Bernin’ all the way baby.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Thats putting the cart before the horse, man.

            Everyones fucking racist. Nit a reason to miss out on some tight bhole albums.

            Doesnt mean you have to believe it.

            Did you stop reading/watching historical fiction?

            . . . Do you believe the earth is flat?

          • This is about the most ridiculous statement I’ve read today. You don’t have to think the earth is flat to not wanna listen to some racist nazi bullshit.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Kinda what i was going for.

            I just meant I can separate the message from the piece.

            Think about how racist beethoven and bach must have been.

          • Sure, as was the style at the time (unrelated, I don’t care about classical musics). We’re living in the here and now with people who are actively putting out these messages. We’ve got the benefit of history and knowledge and shit. No excuses for it and I don’t wanna tolerate it.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Think about it this way: do you live in Ukraine, with bombs and tanks and shit at your doorstep. How do you know you wouldnt have those beliefs if that was your reality? Perhaps i can find beauty in something made from something ugly.

          • BobLoblaw

            Because that has nothing to do with white supremacy or any other ridiculous bullshit like it.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Everything in the world has to do with white supremacy man lol

          • BobLoblaw

            Nope.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Yes. Thats absurdity. You live in america. You ARE white privilege.

          • BobLoblaw

            Because im obviously “white” right? I guess I should have accepted that stereotypes would be thrown around based on race due to the subject.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            P much. We’re all soup, nonetheless. Deferrence is fine, tho.

            Dont listen to anything based on the blues scale, i might have to come in here and recite some Maya Angelou.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Racists

          • BobLoblaw

            False equivalencies abound.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Oh?

          • BobLoblaw

            Yeah. Equating people using “blues scale” to the vehement racism and other dumb as dog shit ideologies is a false equivalency.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            If you wanna get more mind-raped, think about how many riffs are based on the blues scale, especially those BM riffs

          • BobLoblaw

            Again. False equivalency.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Ugh fine. You win, white racist. Im gonna go play rocket league or what any tv show or listen to any music played by any white person ever.

          • BobLoblaw

            Dude, dont get upset beause i disagree with you about that. In the same breath dont call me a fucking racist for batting down bands with horrible lyrical themes. That statement doesnt make sense in context to the conversation and certainly not to the life i lead. What you said is incredibly disrespectful and ignorant.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            What i say doesnt ignore life. I grew up in a black neighborhood. I live in a black part of town. Most of my neighbors are black. Dont tell me im a racist because music i listen to makes me a racist by proxy. Racist.

          • BobLoblaw

            Youre the one throwing around racist, do you really need to be walked back through the conversation dickhead?

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            I’m fuckin done

          • BobLoblaw

            Of course give up after youve proven that you have no real argument against criticism other than to cast aspersions on others. No one called you a racist, you brought that up. Youre actually defending nazis……you dont think youre a piece of shit for that?

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            You got it, man. I’m super racist for thinking a racist can make a good song

          • BobLoblaw

            Man, youre the only one throwing around racist like its nothing. To qoute a piece of shit “im fuckin done”.

          • Kanye’s Booty Finger Sundae

            Just like your homophobic rant a couple of weeks ago?

          • BobLoblaw

            Do you know what context is?

          • Kanye’s Booty Finger Sundae

            I certainly do, and your’s was definitely off base. Hence why I ignored your idiotic replies to my comments.

          • BobLoblaw

            Whats idiotic is jamming your fingers in your ear canals because you were triggered somehow. What do you mean my context was off base?

          • Kanye’s Booty Finger Sundae
          • BobLoblaw

            Because you certainly dont understand what homophobic and rant mean.

          • Kanye’s Booty Finger Sundae
          • Sir Tapir The Based

            This thread is becoming wild.

          • BobLoblaw

            Had to be done. Wasnt expecting anyone to come to the defense of Nazis on this site honestly.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Blackbeard is a KKK member, so that’s no surprise.

          • Kanye’s Booty Finger Sundae
          • BobLoblaw

            Also, your nieghbors race has noting to do with your bigotry.

          • I’m not telling you what you can and cannot listen to, but defending NSBM because the musicians live in different circumstances is a fairly ridiculous thought experiment. When you purchase that record, you’re providing feedback that says “I agree with you”.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Not “this is a good song?”

          • It doesn’t really work that way. Your purchase communicates acceptance, unless you somehow send them a letter like “YO, I dig this song, not really feeling your NS views though. You should read a book that isn’t Mein Kampf” along with your order.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            So, i hate christians.

            If i made an album on 2018 that was subtly antichristian but a brilliant album. You wouldnt buy or listen to it?

          • I reviewed the latest God’s Hate record last week. It would have been a far better album if the lyrics weren’t so cringe-y fedora atheist. It’s a little beside the point because Christians aren’t really a persecuted group. There aren’t large groups of folks in Europe or the rural US plotting their extermination. But if your record was about calling for a Christian holocaust, I probably wouldn’t listen to it. Not because I’m afraid of it or anything, but because I’m no longer an edgy teenager.

          • BobLoblaw

            Thanks Joe. I will never support bands with those ideals or the bands in a position to espouse those beliefs. Years ago when the shit with fallujah first happened and they argued with people about it on facebook (the pompous vocalist) i told them straight up i will never support them and will always illegally get their material based on the fact that they were promoting hate. Their music/lyrics dont but they as people do. Fuck them.

          • I really like Fallujah and I’ve never heard of any of this NSBM related stuff. What’s up with it?

          • BobLoblaw

            Back before the harvest wombs came out they had shared 2 or 3 NSBM bands on facebook. When people took issue with it they argued with their fans about it being “just music”. Refusing to understand that a band with a large fanbase sharing NSBM may piss some people off and that most people want nothing to do with that shit.

          • Dubs

            You aren’t alone in not wanting to support NS bands.

          • Kanye’s Booty Finger Sundae
          • CyberneticOrganism

            Bob Loblaw bringing truth.

          • Check out Hate Forest of you dig Drudkh, it’s practically the same band, but much more blasting especially on “The Most Ancient Ones” album. Dark Fury, Mjölnir, Goatmoon, Caterva Runa, Veles, Graveland, Infernum, Grausamkeit, Godless North, Lascowiec, Sunchariot, Kaevum, Kriegszittern, Aryan Art, Armatus, Caverne, Galdr, Forlorn, Ektoplasma, Necrostrigis, Darkthule, Nordvrede, Hautakammio are just some bands off the top of my head that I like. Just bought the new Mjölnir – Hinweg über die Tore der Zeit 2xLP today. Just mentioned that to RJA earlier.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            I dont even knoe what to say tyree. Ive heard maybe three of dem. I did see the cover of that Mjolnir album (because of my <3 norse history)

          • Just throwing them out there for you. All quality black metal. Just with frowned upon ideologies.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Fuckin tyree

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            I meant to tell you that I already dig Hate Forest (also Blood of Kingu). P much all Saenko projects. I’ll work thru some of this other stuff.

            HH does have some Hate Forest vinyl that’d be nice to have

          • Right on.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Most NSBM is just shit, man. Not even because of the ideology.

          • BobLoblaw

            Be it shoegaze or straight up black metal the shit is trite. Nothing actually interesting that would draw you to that shitty subgenre other than hate.

          • Dubs

            I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I do have qualms about supporting NS bands. I’ve done some digging and Saenko, like the dudes in Nokturnal Mortum, has distanced himself from those ideals.

    • Wait, isn’t that a tech death band?

      • BobLoblaw

        Yeah. Kinda.

        • Odd. Never heard of an NS tech death band.

          • BobLoblaw

            They would never (especially years after someone else took ahold of their facebook page) say they are but they certainly used to defend that bullshit.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Mmmmmm would Absu count? Disma is OS.

          • No.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Fine.

          • Also, Disma is not NS. Despite the controversy over Pillard, the band is not NS at all.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Man, same wlthing with Drudkh. Impossible to separate now

          • Since we are on this topic. It’s rumored that Pillard, Mikko Aspa, and a member from Anal Cunt will be on Antchrist Kramers new Intolitarian album as the band essentially.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            I listened to one track i think, you might have linked before

          • Yeah, it’s noisy politicly incorrect grindcore. I actually think the guitarist for Anal Cunt is a permanent member. Seth wore a Intolitarian – Deathangle shirt after “Berserker Savagery” was released. Kramer and Seth were good friends apperently. Intolitarian took the Anal Cunt formula and pushed it even further.

            http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/rareoopkult/SETH%20PUTNAM%20in%20DEATHKEY%20and%20INTOLITARIAN%20shirt_zpsrlds1c2z.jpg

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Grindcore is a dirty wyrd to me tho, despite how much i love pig destroyer

          • It’s more noise than grind. But, yeah. It’s still grind.

          • more beer

            That didn’t matter to The California Death Fest people last year. They cut them right out of the lineup. Which really pissed me off.

          • I know. There were a lot of pissed off people. That band seems to have all kinds of drama issues too. Not sure what the status of the band is now.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Probably release some heavy ass album soon

          • I’d hope so.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Last album was 2011

          • Indeed. Near perfect death metal album in my opinion.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Yes, and i dont even DM anymore ‘less its 2.5

          • To be honest, I rarely listen to straight up death metal anymore my self.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            That was a DnD joke

          • Oh… Well then.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Nerd slam

          • more beer

            It is because people don’t know how to separate the art from the artist. Most good artists are tortured souls with fucked up beliefs. It has been like that all thru history. But now we have websites that make it their jobs to destroy anyone with a different view than their own. This is what happened with Disma and CDF.

          • BobLoblaw

            Some beliefs need to be destroyed. Those that are divisive based on nothing.

          • more beer

            In a perfect world yea. But we don’t live in a perfect world. Beyonce threw up a black power sign during the Super Bowl halftime show. Is that any different than what Phil Anselmo did?

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            A little bit

          • more beer

            No it is not.

          • LVL 11 BLACKBEARD

            Im not gonna argue with you. Give me a beer.

          • more beer

            I’m smoking a joint.

          • Kanye’s Booty Finger Sundae

            A Long Island, 3 beers and 3 bowls over here. :-p

          • more beer

            And also pure hypocrisy. Hate is hate no matter who it is coming from.

          • Absolutely.

          • more beer

            But that kind of shit always gets a pass. That is why this is the truth.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unluOEn_Qaw

          • Haha, nice.

          • BobLoblaw

            No its stupid divisive bullshit. No matter who its coming from.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I apologize for the shameless self promotion but here’s a link to my new blog specifically about my favorite kind of music. There will be updates every day.

    http://dadrockrevue.blogspot.com/

    • Boss the Turbid Ross

      Cool, man.

    • Pentagram Sam

      Yo dude, what was it like seeing Broooooooce wo Clarence “da BIG MAN” Clemmons? I fucking orgasminate over Bruce hardcore but I’m hesitant to see him wo Clarence. I know Danny died too but Clarence was such a character man. I’ve seen so many Broooooce bootlegs on YouTube and the chemistry him and Bruce had is just, I dunno how to describe it man.

      TELL ME IT:S ALL GOOD SO I CAN SEE SPRINGSTEEN BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! hahahaha

      Edit to add: GRRRRAAAAGHHH!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWos8TS9yaE

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Clarence’s nephew replaced him when he died. He’s a good saxophone player. It’s fine to see him. I loved the show.

  • Max

    This is my first time ever listening to this Death Grips band that I’ve noticed Edward talking about since the days he first appeared on Metalsucks.

    While being the furtherest thing away from an expert on the genre, I must say – this is quite a bit different to any other hip-hop I have ever heard.

    • BobLoblaw

      Its odd but it gets to you. Anything Zach Hill touches is the shit.

    • Kanye’s Booty Finger Sundae

      It’s industrial hip hop, pretty much. That’s been the best way I can describe them. they’re kinda like Portion Control meets KRS-One.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Max their first album / mixtape Exmilitary is their most straightforward, and it’s an excellent hip hop album. Since they’ve gotten weirder and weirder.

      • Max

        Listening now, and reading up about Death Grips…

        • Dagon

          Takyon was my favorite track when I hopped on their bandwagon a while ago.

          TA
          KYON

          TA TA
          KYON

        • Dubs

          A long, long time ago, back in the MS days, I told Ed that “Beware” of Exmilitary is the best song Death Grips have written. I still stand by that.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Not “Artificial Death in the West”?

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          Max I have to be honest at this stage in the game, I’m not even really a critical fan of the group. I just fall all over most of their stuff, lol

          For example, I have always loved this track of theirs:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoPCJisvlNE

  • Kanye’s Booty Finger Sundae

    New Death Grips, on top of the new Dream Theater (it’s way better high, lol) and new Myrath? It’s like Christmas morning for me right now! *smokes another bowl*

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      New Dream Theater is not good.

      • Kanye’s Booty Finger Sundae

        I’d slam you on that one, but you have definite picks in music. What’s some new ones you’d recommend?

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    Hot Head, my dumb edition:

  • turd_wormhole

    Death grips make my life bearable.