When Eric Whitney, better known as polarising trap metal rapper Ghostemane, turns his focus to a black metal project, it’s hard to know what to expect. Baader-Meinhoff is Whitney’s one-man black metal project, on which he performs all instruments and vocals (under the name ‘Sage Meinhoff’.
So, when a trap metal musician whose influences seem primarily 90s and 00s alt and nu metal takes on black metal what do you get? Well, you actually get something pretty fucking great. Baader-Meinhof is pure second-wave worship – lofi and raw.
With only a handful of tracks across a few EPs, Whitney manages to establish a strong and consistent sound. All the hallmarks of early 90s black metal are there, but there are unique flourishes throughout, such as some unexpected instrumentation as well as synth and noise experimentation,
With ice cold riffs, blistering blast beats, and an unrecognisable snarling vocal performance from Whitney, Baader-Meinhof more than holds its own as a black metal project. The gatekeepers and elitists who would dismiss it out of hand because they’re irrationally offended by its creator’s day job should be summarily ignored.