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New Artist Profile: Nyxem Combines Progressive Metal and Electronica in a Theatrical Melee, All on a Moog

Upon first listen, most people wouldn’t expect that San Diego’s Nyxem is only one artist, doing all the parts of his elaborate sophomore album Behind the Veil of Light all on a Moog synthesizer. It truly sounds like Nyxem’s new work is a full analog progressive metal band with some electronica and theatrical sound design thrown in but in fact, even the very real-sounding guitar parts are done on Moog. We knew the OG synthesizer was taking things to the next level but with this album, Nyxem has leveled up once again.

It’s not only Moog that made these sounds, mind you, as Nyxem the Moog Sub 37 keyboard through a high gain amp modelling DAW to get the realistic guitar sounds on Behind the Veil of Light, so suffice it to say it wasn’t just a standard synth program that made those realistic guitars. What doing these melodies on a synthesizer did, however, was allow Nyxem to take all the sound design and ambient background to the next level on the album.

“War Engine” and “Above the Abyss” are good examples of the extraordinary result of Nyxem’s technique, with expert-sounding guitars supporting the somewhat goth metal-sounding synths that are the main melodies in these tracks. Behind the Veil of Light isn’t all metal-tinged, however, and there are tracks which venture into more ambient, experimtenal indietronica territory.

“Trees of Eternity” is a track where Nyxem’s sound design prowess can really be heard and appreciated by EDM fans, with a sort of dubstep-style beat supporting 80s Tron-Style synths. The track does eventually launch into something more progressive metal but it’s interesting there as well because it shows how electronica and more guitar-based music can exist together and even make a new, heretofore uncategorized sound.

With its double-kicks and blast beat drums, heavy guitars and gothic-style synths, it might be easy for an EDM fan to overlook Nyxem as an electronic producer but that would be a mistake. Since these guitar sounds and composition was indeed done all electronically, Nyxem might be one of the most innovative electronic producers out there now, having come up with this technique that should also have guitar virtuosos questioning their skills. The melding of styles here is surprising and the sound production flawless, so from either side of the keyboard Behind the Veil of Light is more than worth a good hard listen.

Behind the Veil of Light is out now and can be streamed or purchased on Nyxem’s Bandcamp page. Check out his first album Decompiled as well on Spotify.

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XXXTentacion Apologized To Migos’ Takeoff Video Shows Different Guys Attacked Him


XXXTentacion has apologize to Migos‘ Takeoff after video surveillance shows that it was some different guys that attacked him.

The Lauderhill rapper posted a short video of some surveillance from the attack that shows a group of guys attacking him. Judging from their physical appearance, it was not Takeoff or any other members of the Migos clan. Seems Takeoff has already got word of the video and posted on his Instagram timeline, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper, he didn’t say a it wouldn’t form he said it won’t prosper.”

XXXTentacion then commented on the post saying he is sorry for calling him out during his video rants. “From the Bottom of my heart I apologize to you, you only caught in the cross fire of your blood line, blessings,” he wrote. It’s unclear now if this will squash their beef or if any further retaliation will take place. X has been having a rocky year with his assault case and his polarized music. During the summer, he was knocked out onstage by a rival artist in San Diego, and now this week he was attacked in Los Angeles where he was stabbed and beaten to a pulp buy some guys he first thought were aligned to Migos.

TMZ showed a close up photo of two of the assailants who attacked XXXTentacion and the were wearing Migos Gang chains but its unclear if they have any real connection to the Atlanta rap group. On the day of the attack, X posted a video of Takeoff and his security running away from him while he and his boys were yelling for them to stop and fight. X then blasted Migos, particularly Takeoff on social media for not giving him a one on one fight. Let’s hope these guys squash this beef before someone gets seriously hurt.

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Lil Pump Has a New Mixtape On The Way


Lil Pump is already working on his next project just weeks after dropping his debut self-titled album.

On Friday, he announced via Twitter that a new mixtape is on the way. “New tape on he way,” he tweeted sending his fans into a frenzy. The “Gucci Gang” rapper didn’t give any additional details about the project like the title or release date. Lil Pump’s debut album arrived on October 5th with guest features from Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, and Chief Keef. The project saw productions from Ronny J, 217, and Bighead.

His debut project is now available on SoundCloud for free streaming for his fans. His new mixtape will likely be released on the streaming service as well. While he is busy recording his new mixtape, Lil Pump will be hitting the road starting November 19 in Phoenix, Arizona for his 2017 tour. The tour will run all the way through December 23 in San Diego, California. He will have tour dates in cities like Atlanta, Tampa, San Antonio, Dallas, New York City, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and more.

Pump also recently previewed a new single which was produced by Zaytoven. That track will be released soon.

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XXXTentacion Announces Debut Album “17” Coming August

XXXTentacion has been missing in action since having some issues on his recent tour but now he is back in the headlines after announcing his debut album.

The Lauderhill rapper announced on Instagram on Monday that the album is set for release on August 25th. The title of the album is “17” and we are yet to know the meaning behind that title. Perhaps it’s just his favorite number or 17 has a significant meaning in his life. “It’s my first body of work, first official album release, and the first time I’ve put my all into a project,” he wrote on IG. “I mean it when I say this project is absolutely amazing.”

Last month, XXXTentacion announced that he will take some time to disappear for a while after a series of bad events on his tour including him getting knocked out by a rap rival in San Diego. Seems like he also took the down time to go into the studio to record some new music for the album. The Broward County, Florida rapper also told his fans that his album will be more about substance than hype. Perhaps he took some time out to also listen to JAY-Z’s new album 4:44. “If you listen to me to get hype or to not think, don’t buy this album,” he wrote. “This one is for the depression, for the depressed ones, for the lost ones.”

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