Exmilitary

Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Exmilitary is an abrasive and traumatic ordeal, rife with production that's on-point but completely jarring at the same time.
  2. 80
    From the blood-curdling yells in which the anonymous MC delivers lines about dead cops and human sacrifice, to the positively chilling Charles Manson sample that begins the album, Exmilitary is the real deal, the absolute extent of your parents' worst nightmares when you came home with your first rap album.
  3. Jan 9, 2012
    90
    What at first appears to be aggression is actually 100 per cent anguish, and the prevailing sense is that, like Black Flag, every ounce of that angst has been funnelled into edge, bone-crunching rigour and the sculpting of their largely unprecedented style into austere angles.
  4. Jul 6, 2011
    70
    It's a record that's quite open to cynicism--Exmilitary is easy to dismiss as excessive and carelessly noisy. It's going to polarise listeners, but it's useless to criticise it for being so angry and unlistenable because that's Death Grips' prerogative.
  5. Jul 6, 2011
    75
    It's still a potentially alienating album: unnerving when you're not on its aggro wavelength, inviting when you are, and transfixing either way, thanks to the aggregate work of Death Grips' core.
  6. Jan 9, 2012
    80
    You come away thinking, despite all the aggro, these Death Grips guys must be an awful lot of fun.
  7. Jan 9, 2012
    80
    Track-for-track the birth of a new legend? Absolutely.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 90 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Dec 9, 2013
    10
    If hip-hop hadn't started falling out of fashion in the late 90s, this is exactly what we'd be listening to on Radio 1 every day. Surely thatIf hip-hop hadn't started falling out of fashion in the late 90s, this is exactly what we'd be listening to on Radio 1 every day. Surely that isn't a bad thing when you consider how damn good this sounds. Full Review »
  2. Jul 17, 2015
    10
    Behind all the anger, desperation and violence, you feel their souls exploding in such convincing ways that there's little doubt these guysBehind all the anger, desperation and violence, you feel their souls exploding in such convincing ways that there's little doubt these guys are a nightmare... you would never like not to have.
    10/10
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  3. Mar 22, 2015
    10
    If a hardcore punk band decided to do noise influenced hip hop, they'd probably sound quite a bit like Death Grips. They aren't a band thatIf a hardcore punk band decided to do noise influenced hip hop, they'd probably sound quite a bit like Death Grips. They aren't a band that everyone will like, because the sound is so unusual, but for those open to this kind of music, it doesn't get much better.
    Samples as diverse as Charles Manson and Link Wray, intense drumming from Zach Hill, and vocals as strange as a brag song entirely about decapitations make Death Grips sound like nothing else out there.
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