"The Canadian trio pay tribute to horror and sci-fi B movies with their own brand of (vaguely) sinister hip-hop."
~~ Will Harrison / theunheardnerd.com
"If you are someone who doesn’t want the “same ol’” in your hip-hop, and you value musical, lyrical, and production wit, you may find something remarkable in Swamp Thing."
"Firedogs finds the focus shifting away from B-movies to A+ rap skills..
Music Vibes: 7.5 of 10 Lyric Vibes: 7.5 of 10 TOTAL Vibes: 7.5 of 10"
~~ Steve 'Flash' Juon / rapreviews.com
"There’s plenty to like about Firedogs, and there aren’t really any bad songs on the album. It’s just disappointing that they didn’t play more to their strengths and separate themselves more from the rest of the pack. I can get party rap from a lot of places, but dark imagery of horror films done really well in hip hop form isn’t something you get every day. 7/10"
~~ Chi Chi / scratchedvinyl.com
"From the outset this is not a record one might like. With its cheesy 80s thrash metal looking cover art, it might more likely be mistaken for being on the wrong rack at the store."
~~ Jay Verspeelt / urbanitenews.com
Swamp Thing is the brainchild of Timbuktu, Chokeules and Savilion. Their first album Creature Feature offered a glimpse into the warped world of Swamp Thing, but now the b-movie monsters drag themselves out of the depths for their hard-hitting sophomore release, Firedogs. Three well-established artists in their own right join forces to do what they do best: make dope hip hop and rock hype live shows, fine-tuned from years of work in the studio and countless performances.
Long time collaborators Timbuktu (Toolshed, Teenburger, Backburner) and Chokeules (Toolshed, Backburner) have teamed up with fellow Toronto emcee/producer Savilion (Creature Box, Backburner) to form a group unlike anything they’ve done before. Each member has been contributing to the scene for over a decade, recording, touring, and putting out music. Both Savilion and Timbuktu are also producers/engineers with credits ranging from Sadat X to Awol One, while Timbuktu and Chokeules have performed at festivals such as SXSW, NXNE, CMW and Under Pressure. They’ve also performed with notable acts like Aceyalone (Freestyle Fellowship), GZA (Wu-Tang Clan), Lootpack (Stone Throw), El Da Sensei (Artifacts), and many more.
Swamp Thing combines the trio’s experience as Savilion and Timbuktu create party soundtracks and soundsapes on which the three emcees rap about topics ranging from horror and sci-fi to wild nights and life on the road. At the end of the day, Swamp Thing is all about banging beats, hard rhymes, and melting faces off with rap. Stay tuned.
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released October 31, 2013
Written & Performed by Swamp Thing (Timbuktu, Chokeules, & Savilion) except where noted. All songs arranged and mixed by Savilion & Timbuktu. Recorded at The Cabin in Muskoka & FUN in Toronto. Cuts by Savilion. Mastered by Dorc at Banging Masters. Artwork & Graphics by Ghettosocks. © Swamp Thing | Socan 2013