Album Review: Becko- You Are (Not) Alone
Masterfully blending trap, hip hop, and metal Becko has truly blossomed with his new massive multi-genre release You Are (Not) Alone via FiXT.
In early 2020, one of the US' finest electronic labels FiXT signed a multi-album deal with Italian multi-genre producer, musician, and vocalist Marco Calanca. Then just a solo artist rising from the ashes of a post-hardcore band Hope Dies Last, the solo artist would flower under a different persona known as Becko. Uniting influences such as EDM, Hip-hop, Industrial, and Emo Rock, Becko would transform his career into the overground sensation it is today.
“666 Skincare" goes down as one of the best tracks on the album. An attractive blend of titanic trap and electronic elements, inventive metalcore fundamentals, and immersive lyricism, the replay value of this track is immeasurable.”
While his 2020 album Inner Self spoke credence to his level of originality and spry universal energy, his new 2022 You Are (Not) Alone bridges the gaps that exist between trap, metal, hip-hop, and metal, while also breaking down some of the walls that exist between heavier sounds and softer, emotional tones.
From the beginning, Becko sweeps us up with compelling guitar soundscapes and pulsating beats with "Otaku Pride." An aggressive blend of trap, hip-hop, and metal while showing appreciation of anime and manga, Becko is authentically himself while captivating us with an exciting yet new abrasive sound for what's to come on the album.
Other gems such as "Darkest Days" (prod. by Mike Shinoda) provide a slightly different take on the multi-genre sound. While developing on core tropes the artist has already finessed since his last release, "Darkest Days" dives in with a scintillating blend of heartfelt vocal melodies, overlaid with fierce screams, and massive beats: nods to furious genre-smashing luminaries, Linkin Park.
The mood changes but is a welcomed distraction on the album with "Cryblood" (feat. Gizmo). "Cryblood" shows that Becko certainly has the creative chops for a grimier, experimental, and unfiltered type of sound.
"The Phoenix" and "Lone Wolf" provide another shift in sound but one that is more melodic and vulnerable in its overtones while still keeping in stride with its post-hardcore and metalcore theming.
"The Generation of The Unknown" (Feat. Rhen) is a gorgeous heavy display of electronic metalcore. With a bombastic display of massive guitar riffs, engaging electronic atmosphere, and strong vocal technique, it holds to be a strong candidate for the second-most replayed song and one of the best tracks on the album.
"666 Skincare" goes down as one of the best tracks on the album. An attractive blend of titanic trap and electronic elements, inventive metalcore fundamentals, and immersive lyricism, the replay value of this track is immeasurable.
You Are (Not) Alone came to make its debut this month and instead made a killing. Becko did everything right when it came to making sure just how much we wanted a new album from the talented multi-genre artist. You Are (Not) Alone shows ultimate proof that creative energy is all there and then some, and only time will tell what he will bring next to the table.