THETAN x KOOL KEITH by David Brenner
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Bronx-based rapper KOOL KEITH teams up with powerviolence duo THETAN

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Legendary Bronx-based rapper KOOL KEITH and Nashville powerviolence duo THETAN present their collaborative album, Space Goretex, The record features guest appearances from members of Gwar, Three 6 Mafia, Dwarves, Lost Dog Street Band, and more. Ahead of its release through Anti-Corporate Music this Friday, the entire album is streaming exclusively through Alternative Press Magazine.

“The man behind Dr. Octagon and Black Elvis teams up with the Nashville powerviolence duo for one of the year’s most weird-and-cool releases.” – Alternative Press

“The man behind Dr. Octagon and Black Elvis teams up with the Nashville powerviolence duo for one of the year’s most weird-and-cool releases,” Alternative Press writes with their advance stream of the LP. “Hip-hop icon KOOL KEITH teaming up with a powerviolence hardcore unit from Nashville? We’re all in! Today Altpress is premiering Space Goretex, the stellar full-length collaboration of rugged duo THETAN with one of rap’s enduring masters… Bass, drums, theremin, and synthesizers congeal for a weird trip for these purveyors of the extreme. It’s a perfect extension of KOOL KEITH’s many personas (Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, Black Elvis) and a massive departure for THETAN.

KOOL KEITH reports,

“This album continues where my earlier classic albums left off. You can play this in the year 2088.”

THETAN’s Dan Emery offers,

“This album may seem like a complete left turn in terms of the faster, heavier stuff we normally do, but it was a very natural process for us. We had been making odd interludes and psyched out weird passages for years. We actually had planned to do an album completely based on that style back in 2014, but it got shelved. The music on this album was more of an exploration of that concept mixed with the ideas that Keith brought to the table. It way surpassed my expectations.”

KOOL KEITH x THETAN’s Space Goretex was recorded by Dan Emery and Fred Ones, with all post-production and mastering handled by Emery at Black Matter Mastering (Buzzov*en, Lost Dog Street Band, Krieg). The album’s cover art was handled by Ethan Lee McCarthy (Primitive Man, Many Blessings) and its videos/visual assets created by David Brenner (Gridfailure).

Watch for an official video for the “Hallucinations” single and more to be posted in the weeks ahead.

Following their liaison last year for the “Complicated Trip” Record Store Day single, KOOL KEITH and THETAN present Space Goretex. Highlighting the artist’s singular lyrical attack, Space Goretex is the first album combining all of KOOL KEITH’s primary personas – Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, and Black Elvis. The instrumentation is primarily comprised of bass, drums, theremin, and synth, performed by THETAN’s Chad L’Plattenier and Dan Emery. The album also includes some special guest appearances, including Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia) who performs as Officer Lola. Casey Orr (Gwar, X-Cops) appears as his X-Cops character Sheriff Tubb Tucker, marking the first time he has recorded anything as this character since 1996. Blag Dahlia from the Dwarves provides a monologue alongside Ashley Mae of Lost Dog Street Band and DJ Black Cat Sylvester, inventor of the Synth-Table. Blowfly’s right-hand man Uncle Tom Bowker also makes an appearance.

Karol Kamiński

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