Gutter Tactics

  • Record Label: Ipecac
  • Release Date: Jan 27, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Alternative Press
    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. I find it hard to find fault with their approach, which is same-y but laced with beats and rhymes so powerful they conjure the old ‘if it izain’t broke, don’t fixxit’ axiom.
  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. The record’s crowning achievement may be how truthfully Dälek convey this ambivalence through music, and in so doing, capture the spirit of a world where tragedy looms overhead, where hate is scarily effective, and where the victim and the victimizer are often the same person.
  5. Mojo
    Gutter Tactics is their most approachable set to date. [Mar 2009, p.107]
  6. The opening Wright sample is a hard look back at a year most people would already rather forget, but it's a perfect intro for Gutter Tactics, an album that draws much of its strength from the same well of outrage and disaffection.
  7. Gutter Tactics recalls the anger of the recent past and memories we'd like to leave behind--perfect timing.
  8. The music is progressive as hell, but this feels less and less like the right thing to be concerned with.
  9. Under The Radar
    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]
  10. Having explordd hiphop's darker alleyways for years, Gutter Tactics is at once appealing and familiar, yet resists understanding more than anything that springs to mind... or rather, complicates and perhaps even undermines its message.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. David
    Jan 28, 2009
    Probably Dalek's weakest effort yet, but it's still great.