An album by Jade the Nightmare
Review presented by Warren Peace
Listen to “Death Delight” by Jade the Nightmare
Having been on the search for the first female artist to have featured on The Write Reviews, I recently crossed paths with Jade the Nightmare. After seeing that she would be releasing “Death Delight”, I spoke with her about having an album review posted here at The Write Reviews. Needless to say, Jade the Nightmare expressed interest and here we are, bringing all of you another album from the hip hop underground.
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1- Death Experience (Intro)
The beginning segment for the intro to Death Delight should be the last segment for the intro, in my personal opinion. I feel it would come together more for the audience. Explaining the dream is a creative way of getting the attention of the audience and an fairly original way of kicking off the album. I am not a fan of the echoing at all; either it is overdone or it is done poorly. Whichever of the two is making some of the words hard to follow and that is key for you to keep anyone’s attention. The fake laughter is a little cheesy sounding, and when “the formation of evil” laughs it gives away who is voicing the character, which kind of takes away from the exchange between characters. Some of the writing for this sequence could have been better, but overall I like the idea and creativity used to open the track. An example of how the writing could be better is where “aborted children” is said, when I believe Jade meant “mothers who abort children”, because it doesn’t seem like aborted children should be punished for being aborted. Little things can make a huge impact when the world could be listening.
2- Drown Demons
The music for the first song on “Death Delight” has moaning coupled with a sorrowful sound. Jade the Nightmare has confidence behind the microphone, but for me, the rhythm of her voices doesn’t fit comfortably over the beat. There are a couple patches where her flow is broken up awkwardly. The chorus is a lot slower in terms of Jade the Nightmare’s delivery. I’m trying to understand the line “Unholy disguise, hit me when you rise”, as a metaphor it’s confusing to determine if she’s saying she wants something ‘fake’ (disguise) to actually take her over or have more involvement in her life. Jade the Nightmare has quite an extensive vocabulary, and while the writing in song format might need some finetuning, she has proven her potential to become a really vivid, emotionally involved writer. “Drown Demons” isn’t the strongest opening song, but gives some perspective on what is to come in the content of the album.
3- Death Book
I like the sound to “Death Book”; it’s a fantastic choice for an instrumental. Honestly, I know many emcees who would love to jump on this beat. Definitely a lyrical artist’s choice when it comes to the style of music, Jade the Nightmare apparently feels the same as she attacks the track with an aggressive approach. She has a fast paced delivery through most of her lines, which tend to be packed with larger words with their higher syllable counts. There are a few times she slows the pace down dramatically, using one syllable words and completely altering the tempo of her words in a manner that will likely draw eyebrows together for some listeners. She uses a lot of descriptive words, a wide ranged vocabulary, and plenty of metaphors, but seems to jump around and won’t have a problem losing some of her audience. Also, I felt a huge confliction when I heard her use the term “mother friggin” among lines that describe death, blood, and something about “snack on the snack of human’s back”. Friggin stuck out like a sore thumb. Jade still shows potential, but I feel like her lines are not as well thought out as they could be.
4- Forsaken Gothic Libretto ft. Switchblade Stilleto and AxBo
A segment from what sounds like an old movie or television show opens the door to “Forsaken Gothic Libretto”, which features Switchblade Stilleto and AxBo, who has had his “Conquest” album reviewed at The Write Reviews. Jade the Nightmare comes onto the track spitting lyrics quickly after warning listeners to not play with fire. Her flow of words doesn’t really roll with the rhythm of the beat. She does include some creative metaphors. Toward the end of her set of bars, Jade says “never gonna stop like a non-ego filled Kanye”. Sorry, I just had to type that out and look at it for a minute. Switchblade Stilleto has the mic next in this three-emcee cypher. Switchblade Stilleto has confidence in her delivery and produces her lyrics over the instrumental with a steady cadence. While her content may not be on the lyrical tip, she displays the ability to get into the groove of things. AxBo does what he does best- deliver clever lyrics with a rhythmic flow with confident, involved presence behind the microphone. “Forsaken Gothic Libretto” just falls short of the Featured Tracks list.
5- Strangers feat. K-Quick
“Strangers” starts off in similar fashion to the previous track, using a clip to introduce the song. After a couple listens, I was not able to figure out the first few words Jade’s spits over the music, with is slower paced and has a light feel to it in contrast to Jade’s lyrical approach. Speaking of that, again Jade isn’t able to let her words roll with the beat or create a patterned delivery. I feel the backwards spinning of the lyrics could be done at more appropriate times. K-Quick creates a nice flow with his lines, although there’s still a slight feeling of separation from the instrumental. He delivers some witty and thought-provoking bars while maintaining a good microphone presence. “Strangers” is the first track to make it on the Featured Tracks list, barely claiming a spot..
6- Call Me Back
An unsuccessful phone call leads the way for “Call Me Back”. Jade the Nightmare is able to deliver the lyrics of her opening verse with more of a rhythm that matches the music on this one. The topic is rather unclear as Jade jumps from subject to subject.
7- Strange Ways (skit)
Several random sounds and words make up the meat of “Strange Ways”, a skit that serves its title well.
8- If I Was Your Vampire (Marilyn Manson cover)
I really don’t wish to comment on cover tracks as I have a personal issue with comparing artists to one another on this website. I feel it is completely unfair to do so for several reasons, and a cover song forces me to do just that. Instead of doing so, I would like to say I think it is cool for Jade the Nightmare to enjoy the work of an incredible artist and to try incorporating her own feel and personality to this song.
Honestly, I love how “Dreams” begins with Jade the Nightmare giving a spoken word type of lyrical delivery over a really light, easy going opening sequence to the music. The beat turns up shortly though, and Jade does so as well with another flow that rides with the beat in a more enjoyable fashion for listeners. Jade has some creative lines and ideas expressed within her lyrics, but by being very broad on the subject material, it does make it hard for listeners to follow along. Most people do not want to have to listen to a song three or four times just to understand the basic idea of a track. Even after saying that, “Dreams” is going in more of the right direction for Jade the Nightmare.
10- With Me
Someone speaks in a foreign language before the instrumental for “With Me” thumps through the speakers. Jade has some thought-provoking lines during the course of this track. The beat switches up during the middle of the track. I feel Jade does well bringing up certain topics, but could benefit from some editing to polish her writing. “With Me” is another song on Death Delight that shows Jade the Nightmare’s potential.
11- Lucifer Symphony
Okay, because I would really love to see Jade continue building and improving, I have to point this out: One of the first lines of “Lucifer Symphony” speaks about praying to God, but in one of the last two previous tracks, Jade states that religion is insanity or something to that affect. This is a contradiction that will confuse listeners, and the only time contradictions work for an audience is when the contradiction is a blatantly obvious joke or when a contradiction is used to prove a point. Little things like that can really lose the attention of people, as they will tend to stop listening as the music plays and start wondering how the artist can seemingly support two different ends of a spectrum. Jade does deliver her lyrics with more rhythm and continues to have a proper presence behind her vocals on the album. The hook is alright; one of the few choruses found up to this point of the album. Jade the Nightmare’s follow up verse is a little scattered. The third verse loses the rhythmic flow that the first verse possessed. This one had a pretty stong start but lost steam.
12- In Love (Darkness)
Another nightmare is explained, this time to kick of the track titled “In Love (Darkness)”. Jade’s delivery struggles to match the pace yet again. Jade is able to stick with the topic a little better on this track, diving into dark thoughts and feelings for the audience to absorb. The original voice describing the nightmare in the beginning continues the nightmare to conclude the track.
13- World Domination Hiatus feat. Schwendalabim and R3DD L
As far as Jade the Nightmare’s first verse and Schwendalabim’s verseThe words are unclear. The lyrics don’t go with the rhythm of the music at all. R3DD L hops onto the track with the third verse and nails it as far as his flow and microphone presence are concerned, and his content is entertaining. Jade the Nightmare’s second section on “World Domination Hiatus” is a step up from her first verse and closes out the song.
14- Parallel Society
More lyrics spun backwards comes through the sound system to begin “Parallel Society”. Jade does well following the rhythm of the beat with her words when she isn’t trying to spit them as fast as she possibly can. “Parallel Society” doesn’t really offer anything much different than any of the earlier songs on Death Delight.
15- Goodbye (Outro)
“Goodbye (Outro)” brings Death Delight to a close with a few deep lines that will likely have listeners thinking after the album finished. Not a bad way to end this body of songs.
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The Write Up
Jade the Nightmare has plenty to improve on, without a doubt, but has everything working in her favor to do just that. Work ethic, an open-mind, and still young enough to continue growing in her art will be the key to success as she builds on her writing abilities and skills as an emcee. Everything I had to say about the tracks has already been said, as I wanted to be specific in pointing certain things out to allow Jade the Nightmare a perspective from an outsider looking in. The potential is there, without question. My final word on Death Delight and to Jade the Nightmare is simply this: Time to get back to work and practicing in the studio! The Write Reviews would be glad to follow Jade on this journey of growth within her music.
(1 out of 5 stars)
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