Slay Squad “SEISHIN”

by Aidan C Werder on October 22, 2021

On Friday, the groundbreaking heavy metal/rap hybrid group out Rialto, California, Slay Squad dropped their newest single “SEISHIN”. 

If this is your first introduction to Slay Squad, brace yourself. They aren’t holding anything back on “SEISHIN”, the perfect example of the Squad’s intense hybrid style they call “ghetto metal”. Their sound is a one-of-a-kind combination of the savage beatdowns and guttural screams of metal, deathcore, and skate punk - mixed with elements of trap and hip hop to put a new face on what metal bands can look like in 2021. 

The video for “SEISHIN” opens with a visual of a burning car fire, giving way to the band playing in a straight line against a black void surrounded by a ring of fire as the guitars and drums abruptly crash in concert with the guttural screams of lead vocalist, Brahim Gousse - who also directed the intense, self-produced visual. The song transitions between intense beatdowns accompanied by ferocious howls, and hard-hitting, half-screamed rap verses as the visual transitions between fiery shots of the band and grainy black-and-white footage of the mosh pit at one of their legendary live shows. 

The band explains the meaning behind the song’s title: “Seishin is the Japanese word for Spirit. This song is an expression of empowerment, of trust of self versus external influence. Of how

we, as melanated people, gotta know what's really inside of us and trust the perfection that exists within. An expression of our Spirit.” 

It will be exciting to watch as Slay Squad and its members - Brahim Gousse, Keilo Kei, Gordo, Stick, Tim Ryan, and Cheeze - continue to break new ground at the intersection of hip hop and heavy metal. 

Check out the video for Slay Squad’s “SEISHIN” below - and check out the rest of their ever-growing catalog to explore more of their unique, intense sound. You can also catch them live in a city near you during their current tour with Nascar Aloe. 


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