Having only recently discovered Coherent through his activity on social media and the work he puts into engaging with fans, blogs, other stakeholders etc I was pleased to be able to cop an advance copy of ‘World Ender‘ which is more than just incredible album art! This concept album is fantastic from start to finish, features top notch production and some deep, insightful and intellectual lyricism that has you needing to skip back and read the lyrics! But most importantly, it’s a relevant exploration into a host of ideas and notions that have shaped the world we live in.
Don’t take my word for it, peep the synopsis from Coherent himself. “World Ender is about an interdimensional Armageddon set off by the satanic elite who use large hydron colliders to open portals and unravel the dimensions of the universe. When they do this it releases demons / angels / aliens that start to attack Earth and humanity, which leads to the near extinction of the human race and sets up the New World Order“. See what I mean! Sign me up!
‘When in Rome‘ has been the first taste of what is to come. The single is out on Bandcamp now, and there is also a dope little anime lyric video on YouTube which you should check out (if for nothing else, for the dope lyrics like ‘How we gon hide all the trafficking media? / Holywood, Church, Academia / Political groves in Bohemia / The trans human race superseding ya‘) if you want to get a taste of what is to come.
The album production is also on point. Completely delivered by Las Vegas emcee / producer Ivory, it really does hold true to the “anime/video game samples and spacey experimental boom-bap hip-hop” influences that have clearly generated such a fantastic soundtrack to this concept joint. There isn’t a weak point in the albums score and when you have such intelligent lyricism, it needs production that can sustain it – and Ivory has achieved just that.
Bangers: Hard to pick out a track because they all work so well in painting the overall picture / story of the album.
Score: 7.5 / 10. This is a REALLY good album and this score reflects just that. 2020 has been incredible for hip hop, and Coherent is one artist who is dedicated to the craft and the culture. This may go over a few heads and not be as accessible as some shorter, less complex albums for the modern day heads who mass consume short, more palatable tracks.