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Ghostemane sounds like Marilyn Manson circa 1999 doing a mostly acoustic EP on the three new tracks he just dropped in a collection known as Opium, and frankly, I can’t think of a more sincere compliment. A far cry from the wild, heavy-weight noise rap embodied in his 2018 record N / O / I / S / E, these songs still manage to pack a visceral albeit understated punch. From the opening lines of the first track “Acrylic,” we can tell we’re in for a very different experience with Ghostemane singing in such a brooding fashion; it sounds almost like spoken word, but falling outside the lines of emo-rap. A subtle but high-impact production punctuates his musings about post-modern love that builds and holds tension masterfully.

Listen to all three below and be sure to tune in this summer when we’ll be rocking with Ghostemane during our pilgrimage to the 20th Anniversary of Insane Clown Posse’s annual Gathering of the Juggalos.