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  • Summary: This is the latest album for the New Jersey-based rap duo.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
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  1. Gutter Tactics is another collection on which fans of rap radicals Public Enemy and drone-metal heavies the Melvins can find common ground. [Mar 2009, p.116]
  2. 80
    Gutter Tactics is their most approachable set to date. [Mar 2009, p.107]
  3. Disenchantment with the state of rap, and society as a whole, is a major underlying theme, but the statements never feel too preachy or in your face. Instead, the vocal freestyles hover just slightly above the music, delivered in an amorphous mumble that matches the sonic abyss of the background perfectly.
  4. Dalek may not be everyone’s idea of fun but splitting the difference between 2007’s "Abandoned Language’s" interstitial ambience and their nocturnal dins works well enough. [Winter 2009]
  5. 60
    Refining Gutter Tactics' murky metal rap with subwoofer bass frequencies and fierce drum programming, MC Dälek and producer the Oktopus still find inspiration amid the noise.
  6. Dälek have refined their work but their work has no reaching trajectory.
  7. Gutter Tactics flow and overall rhymes pale in comparison to those found in "Abandoned Language." It is as if Gutter Tactics thick, doom sound that defined Dälek’s approach has now turned back and smothered any attempt at a unique change.

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  1. David
    Jan 28, 2009
    8
    Probably Dalek's weakest effort yet, but it's still great.