Powerflo is a newly formed rap rock supergroup has recently released their self titled debut album.
For any of you unfamiliar with Powerflo they are a Heavy Metal Hip Hop hybrid that has an incredible roster of Grammy nominated Cypress Hill veteran Sen Dog, Downset guitarist Rogelio “Roy” Lozano, Biohazard Vocalist and guitarist Billy Graziadei, Fear Factory bassist Christian Olde Wolbers and WORST drummer Fernando Schaefer. This all star line up will be releasing their amazing self titled debut June 23 via New Damage Records.
The first song on the record is called “My M.O.” and it opens up with a powerful riff that is accompanied by an aggressive drum pattern. Although the drums are utilizing double kicks in what sounds like a lightning fast thrash pattern, Powerflo still manages to maintain a steady beat that compliments the fast hip hop oriented vocals. The band really kicks it into gear as the violent intro closes out and Powerflo goes absolutely insane, the guitars expertly shred through the song as we have angry vocals yelled over the lightning fast riffs. I especially like the end of the song when the band slows the track down a bit to make way for some slower, repetitive vocals. This song will be perfect to play live, with it’s high energy and easily chantable verses its not hard to imagine thousands of fans screaming along with Powerflo.
The track “Crushing That” was the next song that really peaked my interest, the drums are a little more reserved going for a more stabilized drum beat. This track although still heavy really show cases the hip hop side of the band. Within the first twenty seconds of the song starting we get a nice epic rap verse that perfectly syncs with the music. When were about a third of the way through the song the band harmonizes their vocals as a rap verse periodically smashes its way into the track ripping through the melodic verse. Although the entire album is very well done “Crushing That” is my favorite track, the steady beat and fast guitar loop really got my blood pumping and had me head banging like a mad man.
“The Grind” was another phenomenal song that will be stuck in my head for weeks to come. This track has a more reserved intro with a squealing guitar verse easing us into the madness that is about to unfold before us. The vocals come in at the same time as the drums and Powerflo slowly builds the aggression of the track until with a drop of a hat the fast and abrasive vocals kick off. One of the coolest parts of the record is when we get about forty seconds into “The Grind”, a lightning fast rap verse breaks out over top of the music giving the song an even more aggressive undertone. These small yet powerful rap bursts really make the song the masterpiece that is. However even with all the rap at no point in this song or anywhere else on the record does Powerflo compromise the heavy aspects of the album. This is very much still a heavy metal record and will definitely appeal to a large demographic of both metal and hip hop fans.
The record closes out with the track “Start A War” and it has one of the best beats out of any track on the record and possibly even in the rap metal genre. The intricate and odd timed drum pattern really amplifies the hip hop aspects of the song. The beat ends up getting annihilated by a merciless guitar solo that absolutely obliterates the listener. The solo is short and sweet and goes right into the chorus as the catchy and mean sounding riff gets kicked up a notch with a thrash oriented drum pattern that will really get your adrenaline pumping. This was another one of my favorites from the album due to the song using so many different musical styles and techniques. “Start A War” uses multiple different genres of both heavy metal, rock and hip hop to create a very unique and fun experience for the listener. Throughout the entire record Powerflo keeps you on your toes and this does a great job at holding the attention of the listener since you never do know what the band has up their sleeve next.
Make sure to get Powerflo’s self titled debut album when it drops June 23rd via New Damage Records.