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Rum Buffalo prophesize the end of the world on the cacophonous ‘Screama Preacha’, the first taste of their debut LP ‘Bloodmoon’

What with our current moment in time making it hard (and somewhat irresponsible) to go out to a movie theatre, we will have to find our widescreen entertainment someplace else. So instead of settling in for a Roland Emmerich-style disaster flick about the end of the world, instead lose yourself in Rum Buffalo’s expansive, cacophonous sonic vision of doom. Written from the perspective of a nay-saying prophet waxing poetic about The End (and its nighness), ‘Screama Preacha’ is more than just a screed. A lot more, in fact—with backing vocals by a 13-piece choir, synthesizers, a horn section, blown-out guitar, and lyrics describing “Neon blood making a sea”, you could very easily state that this song is, in fact, a whole lot.

Good thing, then, that it’s a whole lot of goodness. From lead singer Jake Stevens’ pained howl piercing through the noise like a buzzing FM radio, to the chaotic yet eminently listenable production, ‘Screama Preacha’ presents a top notch musical journey—a madcap aural equivalent to Dante’s Divine Comedy. And just when you think you’ve heard it all, that Rage Against The Machine-esque chug sets in to clear space for MC Kathika (of the band Slamboree) to come in and spit some very welcome (and very fire) bars. If this is what the end of the world sounds like, well, we feel fine.

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