TypeReleasedRecordedRYM RatingRanked Genres
6 August 2002
June 1998 - February 2002
3.75 / 5.00.5 from 4,914 ratings
#40 for 2002, #2,477 overall

Industrial Hip Hop, Abstract Hip Hop, Experimental Hip Hop Noise, Conscious Hip Hop, Experimental Rock
poetic, angry, misanthropic, dark, conscious, political, noisy, pessimistic, anti-religious, nihilistic, apocalyptic, dense, urban, ominous, cryptic, raw, introspective, aggressive, abstract, cold, avant-garde, heavy, male vocals, eclectic, psychedelic


frenchie May 10 2011 4.00 stars
Filthy Tongue kicks off the holy trinity of Dalek albums. For those not in the know, Dalek is one of the most unique hip hop acts in the history of the genre. Signed to metal labels like Ipecac and Hydra Head, Dalek and his crew sample intense noise and ambient to get their signature sound. There is also turntablism, beats and basslines that anchor Dalek to the hip hop genre. He is also a really great rapper, even if a lot of his rhymes blend into the noise in the mix, the rapping isn't the sole focus of their material. For example the middle part of this record (tracks 5, 6 and 7) barely have any rapping at all and focus on noise, ambience and a dense, layered atmosphere with strange percussion.If you are open to more than just straight up beats, loops and rhymes then give Dalek a try. Also if you have a love for noise, ambient or deeply atmospheric, trancelike music then definitely give it a go. You'd be surprised how well the rapping goes with the noise, and the noises are often cycled in loops that fit the hard hitting, industrial sounding beats, so it still has that boom boom bap pulse running through its veins. Personally I adore the sound of Dalek. Some people find Dalek very hard going, as the song lengths are usually longer than your average hip hop song and the structures they use aren't at all typical of hip hop. People often criticise Dalek's rapping because it is slightly monotone and you can't always decipher his words, but I love the way it is mixed so that it weaves in and out of the noise, and he has some amazing political metaphors and abstract symbolism if you are willing to listen for them.There is really nobody else like Dalek out there in the hip hop game. In this scene it is an extremely difficult thing to be able to carve your own niche in the genre, and have a totally unique sound and style, but Dalek is instantly recognisable and never forgettable. If you want to explore true underground esoteric hip hop then you cannot deny Dalek any longer.

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A hip hop band widely known to appeal to people who hate hip hop, though many have duly noted that Dalek are indeed hip hop. I've actually just used the term "hip hop" about three more times than I have in the past few years--thing is, while I don't "hate" the genre (I ain't a hater, son), I am relatively indifferent to it. Okay, so yeah, I've given very favorable ratings to Public Enemy and Dr. Octagon, but strangely I only listen to them when I start feeling guilty for not listening to them more often, then promise to myself to give 'em more frequent spins, at which point I neglect them again until the next wave of guilt etc...and the vicious cycle continues. Anyway, New Jersey's Dalek combine hip hop (wow, I am really starting to over-use that phrase) with avant-noise. Maybe they were inspired by PE's beloved Bomb Squad productions, but in any case Dalek's noise has more in common with musical terrorists such as Einstürzende Neubauten and even Karlheinz Stockhausen--they seem more likely to sample a cement mixer or subway train than James Brown--and their raps are even more cerebral than Chuck D. The 12-minute "Black Smoke Rises" leaves the beats behind entirely, at which point hip hop purists will probably cry "wack!" (no school like the old school in my slangology) Fans of say, early Swans will become instant advocates of multiculturalism. While I can't say how often I'll be keeping them in constant rotation, for now I'm all Word Up.
godsfregulation Aug 01 2021 4.50 stars
English isn't my main language. Sorry if I commit any mistakes.
Repetitiveness is one of my least favorite aspects that an album/music can present but, like almost everything in music, it has its exceptions. Albums like Filth tries to make repetitiveness but fails in the execution because it doesn't present an unique sound. And that's why I think From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots hits the nail on the head.Black Smoke Rises (that sounds a lot with Untitled) and Forever Close My Eyes (which is lyrically my favorite off the album) are the perfect examples of what I'm trying to tell.Both are more than 7 minutes long tracks that is repetitive but doesn't remains in the pit of boringness and uninterestedness, even though their runtime is very unusual in music.Classical Homicide is my favorite. I love the noise, industrial, aggressiveness in the flow and the vocal. I wish this album has more Noise-oriented songs (just imagine something like Senzuri Power Up here that doesn't drags too much out of hip hop unlike Untitled).I love the tabla in Trampled Brethren and Spiritual Healing is a hell of a opener.Overall this album is almost perfect and has an unreachable aptmosphere that not even my favorites industrial/experimental hip hop artists could replicate.

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DonAmansDad Jul 11 2021 5.00 stars
Industrial Rap Classic
Dalek creates a crushing record with harsh instrumentals and outstand flows. From Filthy Tongues of Gods and Griots is an album that never lets up. It constantly assaults your senses without remorse and never gives you so much as a 5 second break. If you haven't listened to this record yet, I hope your ready...