Earache is proud to announce the signing of 25 year old ALIREZA (real name Alireza) to it’s roster. Marking a landmark signing for the label – it’s first hip hop/trap artist. Signed hot off his performance at Afropunk Fest alongside artists such as Tyler The Creator, his self styled ‘Dark Trap’ debut record ‘Endlyss’ is pencilled to drop in 2019 following time in the studio with producer Jason Rich famed for his previous work with both Lil Peep and Lil Xan.
With a wide-ranging eclectic list of influences including Bring Me The Horizon, XXXTentacion, Thy Art Is Murder and Earl Sweatshirt, Alieza merges both metal, trap, rap and rock to deliver a contemporary sound officially coined by Reza as ‘DARK TRAP’ With dark undertones, heavy beats, metal guitars and a conscious message, ‘Endlyss’ is set to be a genre defining record. Speaking of ‘Endlyss’ (a portmanteau of Abyss and Endless) Alireza states…
“Happiness isn’t meant for some people. And happiness is a place where some people don’t know they can go. So they smoke and use drugs or women or alcohol or whatever substance they want until they can feel no pain. The outbursts of anger can come when you don’t have an outlet or a substance to use. But I can’t judge anyone who can function and live in this society. Sometimes it’s not good or bad. Not black or white but just grey…
Alongside his guitar playing and interest in metal, it was impossible for Ali to avoid hip hop. Growing up in America in the DMV (DC, Maryland Virginia) tri-state area – not far from Baltimore – guns, drugs and violence was never too far away. Consciously, he avoided such engagements, focussing on developing his personal talents including writing verses and honing his rap capabilities. Indeed, with a conscious message his first mixtape ‘Pyrolugie’ made it’s way onto The Sources’ online blog.
Prior to his hip hop efforts, circa 2010 Ali formed ‘Louder Than Quiet’, serving as the bands lead vocalist and guitarist. Having previously played in various non-starting GoGo bands in the DC Area, the metal leaning post hardcore band had an all black lineup and a progressive message. Fantastic on paper, but in reality an uphill struggle in the face of mainstream success. In a city better known for politics and rolling gentrification, a bunch of alternative black kids creating a scene seemed against the odds. With persistence and graft, LTQ eventually made their mark, being invited to perform at Afropunk (TWICE!). A high point for a band who deserved more than they got back from society.
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All Alireza photos and album art by @tkvisuals – please credit if used.