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New York’s Thrash Death Metaller NECRO Unleashes the Single “Cascading Crimson”!

Updated: Apr 12

Brooklyn-born rapper NECRO is excited to release the new thrash/death metal-infused single “Cascading Crimson” via Psycho+Logical-Records/Universal. The song - available on the main digital streaming and download platforms - is a must for those liking Metallica, Slayer, Obituary, Sepultura, and Death!

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Necro stated about “Cascading Crimson”:

In this song I play all instruments and handle vocals, drawing from my metal influences I made an organic track with many twists and turns, with the main lyrical focus being a murderer on the loose catching victims.

Ron Raphael Braunstein, professionally known by his stage name Necro, is an American rapper and record producer from New York City. He founded his own independent record label Psycho+Logical-Records in November 1999.

When he was in high school, he was popular among the hip hop fans that went to his school until he got kicked out for fighting in the 10th grade and sold drugs to make money. He began his musical career at 11, playing in a death metal band named “Injustice”. He made a transition from heavy metal to hip hop. In 1988, he started rapping. Necro derived his stage name from the Slayer song "Necrophiliac". After a first demo in about 1990, Necro started rapping full-time and made a demo called "Do The Charles Manson".

Necro lists Kool G Rap as one of his biggest influences in terms of multi-syllabic rhyme structure and content, as well as LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, Rakim, and the Geto Boys. He is also influenced by heavy metal/death metal lyrics, as well as gangster/horror movies, musicals and popular culture. He has done Metal Hip Hop and has combined rap with death metal music. Necro refers to his music as "death rap" to describe his style of ultraviolent hip hop and to distinguish himself from other genre labels created by the media. His music combines death metal beats with explicit raps about violence, death, the occult, drugs, and sex. Necro is a self-taught musician and has been playing instruments since the age of ten.

Since the inception of his rap career Necro has been influenced by the genre of heavy metal, and more specifically death metal, which has altered his path into hip hop. He has been quoted in interviews citing death metal as a key influence for his rhymes, Chuck Schuldiner's Death in particular. Necro has said that he is heavily influenced by the thrash metal albums “Kill 'Em All”, “Reign in Blood”, “Slowly We Rot”, “Leprosy”, and “Master of Puppets”, and he has remarked that those albums take him back to "the '80s when shit was pure". Necro rapped over a death metal blast beat on the track "Suffocated to Death by God's Shadow", with the drums being played by Suffocation’s Mike Smith and has also collaborated with Scott Ian of Anthrax and Dave Ellefson of Megadeth.

Over the years, Necro has increased his referencing and collaborations with underground metal acts, as evidenced by his 2004 album “The Pre-Fix for Death”, which features many references and collaborations with heavy metal musicians from Obituary, Hatebreed, Slipknot, and Voivod. In addition, he created his own group known as The Circle of Tyrants, named after a song by Celtic Frost. The Circle of Tyrants album also contains collaborations with artists from Testament, Exhumed, and Sepultura.

Necro has been performing live since the age of 11. In 2007, he played the Download Festival at Donington. Some of the groups he has opened for include Run DMC, Beatnuts, Sepultura, Kool Keith, Insane Clown Posse, Napalm Death & Biohazard.

All vocals and instruments featured in “Cascading Crimson” were played, produced & written by Necro. Mixing by Necro & Elliott Thomas. Artwork created by Necro himself. Photo by Lefty.

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New York’s Thrash Death Metaller NECRO Unleashes the Single “Cascading Crimson”!

New York’s Thrash Death Metaller NECRO Unleashes the Single “Cascading Crimson”!


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