At times this union is brazen -- most notably on cuts like "Halo of Static," on which Swamp lays Slaytanic riffs over jackhammer beats, or the Atari Teenage Riotous acid bath of "Repossessed." But even when Swamp isn't spiking fader free-for-alls with pitch-shifted power chords, the fustian overdrive of hard rock is palpable. "Feed the Hand That Bites You" is a tutorial on Technics liquefaction, "Worship the Robots" is a B-boy take on Radiohead's "Fitter, Healthier," while the schizophrenic, third-eye squeegee of "Wheatgrass and Razor Blades" is like the Butthole Surfers on cleaner acid. Indeed, the only time Swamp falters on Now Is Never is when he takes to the mic to bust lyrical impotence in a voice as whiny as an 11-year-old at bedtime, pleading for another hour of TV. Moreover, his rhymes suggest that his hair is longer than his vocabulary. Told you he was metal.
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