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The Mud, Water, Air and Blood

Dark Lotus

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Dark Lotus has long been held as one of the greatest underground super groups. Underground heavyweights ICP, Twiztid, and Blaze returned with The Mud, Water, Air, and Blood at the 15th Gathering of the Juggalos. While other members came and went these five petals of the lotus represent the core of this group. This latest album is the fourth put out by the group and the first one in the last six years. Did this long awaited album live up to the hype or did it fail to meet expectations?

 

Track listing

  1. The Mud, Water, Air, and Blood
  2. Garden Of Evil
  3. My Head Is Haunted
  4. Death In A Jar
  5. The Mud
  6. Debbie In The Dark
  7. Morbid
  8. My Kinda Party
  9. Price Of Life
  10. The Water
  11. Villainous Ft ABK
  12. 45 Minutes
  13. Coagulate
  14. The Air
  15. The Drought
  16. Let It Rain

 

Track by track review and rating

 

The Mud, Water, Air, and Blood- A short intro track that has a decent beat and very catchy “hook.” Spoken word over makes it a nice start to the album. N/A

Garden Of Evil- A dark, slow but driving beat runs this track. The first two verses are Blaze and Shaggy. Both guys do this track justice. The hook is off the chain and easy to get into immediately. The next two verses are by Madrox and J and they also perform them very well. The last is Monoxide. He destroys his verse and brings this track to a solid conclusion. 4.5/5

My Head Is Haunted- A very slow melodic beat drives this track.Mono leads this track off and kills his verse. Violent J is next and gives a solid but rather simplistic verse that leads into a hook which works with the beat. Madrox and Shaggy fill in the next two verses and they all do very well in keeping with the theme. Blaze ends the track with a verse that is good. 3.5/5

Death In A Jar- A much different beat than most listeners are used to from the group but it adds a nice dimension to the album at this point. Shaggy leads the track with a very solid verse. Mono comes next with the signature quicker flow we have come to expect from him recently. The hook is simple but very nicely done. Blaze hit the third verse with his slow but effective flow. Madrox is next and also brings his newer quick flow but it works well against Blaze’s flow. Violent J finishes the track with a verse that struggles to equal the level of the other artists here. 4/5

The Mud- An interlude here explaining the mud aspect of the album. Short 50 second interlude. N/A

Debbie In The Dark- A smooth beat back a track completely dedicated to gang banging “Debbie” in the dark. Blaze leads the track and gives a good verse. He passes the track to J who adds a verse that could have been much more solid. Mono is next and gives another solid verse. Shaggy comes next and also gives a very solid verse. Madrox is last and his verse is good. 3.5/5

Morbid- A complex dark beat in this one. J finally gives a verse that kills it. Mono is next and continues the theme and darkness in this one. The hook is simple but works. Shaggy is next and gives a dark verse which works very well here. Blaze is next and gives a verse which falls a little short. Madrox is next and gives a wicked verse. 4.5/5

My Kinda Party- This is the only single released before the album was released. The beat is very similar to Rhymin and Stealing by the Beastie Boys. Shaggy leads this one off and gets the party started. Monoxide absolutely slaughters his verse. The hook is simple and easy to sing along with. Blaze slows the flow down over a stripped down beat to start but it works. Once the beat kicks back in his flow speeds up and he ends his verse solid. Madrox destroys his verse in this one. J gives listeners a slow verse that works for the most part. 4.5/5

Price Of Life- The beat is very simple and the hook is a strange hybrid of singing and rapping. The concept of the song is an intriguing idea of having to pay for your life. Mono and J lead the track off and their verses guide the concept well. Blaze and Madrox hit it next and continue the concept by adding their plan in this circumstance. Shaggy closes this one out with another solid effort. 4/5

The Water- A 36 second interlude about water. N/A

Villainous Ft ABK- The sixth petal of the Lotus is added in this track. A piano backs a slow driving beat. J leads the track off with a wicked verse. Blaze comes in second here with another well done effort. The hook is mostly singing but it goes well with the sound and beat. Madrox and Shaggy add two more verses that are very well done. Mono comes in next with a disjointed verse that somehow works. ABK ends the track and shows why he is always welcome in the group. A dope track from start to finish. 4.5/5

45 Minutes- A very stripped down beat here. J and Blaze start this one. They both give a nice effort. The hook is sung once again but it is nicely put together. Shaggy’s verse is much slower but it works with the beat. Mono is next with a quick pointed flow, a nice shift in pace. Madrox and J finish the track with solid verses. 4/5

Coagulate- A complex and hard hitting beat in this track. Mono and J lead the track. Mono gives a much better verse than J here. The hook is repetitive but it fits. Madrox’s verse flows too much with the beat here. Blaze gives a very good verse which dances around the beat. Shaggy and J end the track with two decent verses. 4/5

The Air- 28 second interlude about the air. N/A

The Drought- A much more melodic beat in this one. Blaze kicks it off with a slow verse that sets the tone for the track. Madrox comes in next with a slow verse that works well and lets the message of the lyrics come through. He also sings the hook which works with the overall tone here. Shaggy and J come next and give slower verses that also push the message. Mono has the quickest flow in this track to close out the track. 4.5/5

Let It Rain- Another stripped down beat here. This track is one the fans will feel fits with everything Dark Lotus is about. All of the guys give solid verses and allow the calm but refreshing vibe to come through. The hook is catchy and makes the track flow together well. 5/5

 

Overall Album Rating: 4.2/5

 

Conclusion: After six years Dark Lotus returns with an album worthy of their anthology. With the exception of two tracks, My Head Is Haunted and Debbie in the Dark, the whole album is very easy to listen to front to back. Even those two tracks didn’t fall too short of the mark here. Any fan of this group should pick it up and give it a try. It is good to finally see the rise of the Lotus once again. Questions have been raised if this is the last time fans will see this group together, if it is this is a great album to end it all with.

Favorite Tracks:

  1. The Drought
  2. Let it Rain

Length:

  • 54 Minutes 41 Seconds

Record Label:

  • Psychopathic Records

Release Date:

  • 07/29/2014

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  1. charles_gein

    Comment posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2014 03:39 pm GMT -6 at 3:39 pm

    I agree for the most part. Except I love Debbie in the Dark, and i don’t care for Price of Life (that’s the only song i didn’t like.

  2. jiggles the clown

    Comment posted on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 03:32 am GMT -6 at 3:32 am

    After having this album, and listening to it for awhile I’ve come to realize why I both love, and hate this album….Everything seems to be either a sequel, reference, rip-off, or call back to other songs, either that dark lotus has done, individual members have done, or other artists have done. It feels absolutely nothing like opaque brotherhood, and a few songs feel a lot like their older material – if you liked TFTLP or Black Rain more than Opaque Brotherhood, I guess you’re in luck. But if you’re like me and Opaque Brotherhood was your favorite album. I’ll be skipping over the skits, because they’re not worth my time and effort, so there we go – keep in mind, this isn’t a review, so much as it is me complaining about the fact that, as previously stated, every song is a sequel, reference, rip-off, or call back to other songs.

    2. Garden of Evil – According to blazes verse, this is a sequel to In Bloom, however literal he meant it, but I see the comparison. Both tracks are A) the first song of the album after a short introduction. B) have very hard-hitting beats that come in fast, and C) have a deep voiced member(shaggy in In Bloom, Blaze here) absolutely shred the beat right out of the gate.

    3. My head is haunted – This one is just a cheap rip-off of headache.

    Oh, as for blaze’s verse? compare it to Tech N9ne’s “I need a drink”. Just do it, go on.

    4. Death In A Jar – I could never draw any direct parallels between this song and others, but there are a few references to other songs thrown around – Specifically monoxide’s verse, who references both the song Twiztid did with Krizz Kaliko; Dixie Cup, but also Twiztid’s song Zombie. Everything else in the song certainly FEELS familiar as well, but I can’t quite put my finger on it…

    5. Debbie in the Dark – Pick any number Dark Lotus has about fucking dead girls, this is just another one of those. The most obvious is probably Doornail Dorthy.

    6. Morbid – Can you keep a secret. This song is LITERALLY just can you keep a secret mixed with Heinous…Nothing else.

    7. My Kind of Party – Honestly? this is the only one I couldn’t place a parallel, like, at all. and it’s kinda crap in my opinion

    8. Price of Life – To me, this seems a lot like some of ICP’s newer stuff; Particularly Vultures from Bang Pow Boom, but I’m sure you could pick a number of other songs similar from ICP or Dark Lotus that fits.

    9. villainous – This sounds more like a soopa villians song than a dark lotus song, ESPECIALLY Madrox’s verse, and I’m sure you could…again…draw parallels to other DL songs as well.

    10. 45 minutes – This is one of the songs on the albums that seems VERY familiar to me, reminds me of other dark lotus songs, but I can’t exactly place WHAT it reminds me of…

    11. coagulate – despite my want to just copy/paste “Gimmie Dat Blood” lyrics here…This song, Monoxides verse especially, more brings Withered to my mind than Gimmie Dat Blood, despite the theme of…well, blood.

    12. the drought – Black sand maybe mixed in with Withered? anyone? no? just me? Okay then.

    12. Let it rain – Ya know what? fuck it, I give up..I just, I’m fucking done with this.

    This album should have been called “Hey, I’VE HEARD THIS SONG BEFORE”, because that’s the feeling you get while listening to it. This album is deja vu put into sound form.

  3. RabiDJuggalo

    RabiDJuggalo

    Comment posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 09:26 pm GMT -6 at 9:26 pm

    jiggles is very hurt. i think DL should do an album just for him….. anyways i think the album is superb. great DL sound and cohesiveness. i like Twiztid MUCH better in this album than ANY of their new stuff. and i agree with the facebook comments that this review was horrible, no content. AND one thing id like to point out…. “one of the greatest underground supergroups” (which i agree with)album got rated 4.2 and smokehouse junkiez new album got a perfect 5. most of these reviews are pointless and unprofessional and you shouldnt base your purchasing decisions on them. later los and lettes! have a good day.

    ps. i cant stop bumping this album yet…i love it! thank you DL.

  4. juggalotus0069

    juggalotus0069

    Comment posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 02:08 am GMT -6 at 2:08 am

    RabiD I think the best thing about our reviews is that each and every reviewer has the right to express their own opinions on the albums. Like many things there will be people that agree with some and disagree with others. As a reviewer here I have to say we don’t tell people what to buy or not. We simply give our opinions and let you, the fans, decide. I know many people that dig my reviews and agree with my opinions. That may lead them to buy albums they might not have even considered. I also know people who have disagreed with every review I have done and would never buy one based on my reviews. That is what I love about this genre and fan base, it is all individuals who are not afraid to voice their opinions! Thanks for the read and your comments.

    MMFWFL,

    Juggalotus

  5. wiked one

    wiked one

    Comment posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 12:47 pm GMT -6 at 12:47 pm

    Best lotus yet…. I can feel the wicked in me rise up when I’m bumping this shit. I feel like it has a whole new message to it and it’s pretty deep. Dous anyone else feel a message in ther???

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