Music has evolved over generations by innovative artists exploring the genres that interest them and reflecting the sounds they create into new subgenres of the original. This can be seen in the formation of mumble rap or hyper pop in the recent decade. However, it can also be found in the music being created by one artist from the northern New York City borough of the Bronx. Artist Fenzrir is redefining the trap-metal and rock-rap world by way of his primal production and Corey Taylor-Esque vocal cadence. His unique approach to his music has evolved into what can be referred to as Viking rap.
“My songs generally fluctuate between gentle and melancholic to aggressive rage, with the tracks layered with a gossamer vocal and a Viking touch which commands the listener’s full attention,” Fenzrir shared about his music. The Bronx rapper’s diverse sonic soundscape correlates directly to his life growing up in the melting pot that is New York City. Conversing with people of various cultures and lifestyles, Fenzrir learned more about types of music and their origins with every corner he turned. In 2009, with an in-depth knowledge of music in hand, Fenzrir began to funnel his feelings and emotions into creating music.
“Rage is a powerful tool, and if used correctly, you can keep moving forward.” The rage Fenzrir speaks of is explicitly exemplified in his most recent full-length project, Sun Eater. The nine-track, 20-minute-long project directly shows the Viking rap sound that Fenzrir is creating. Pushing the envelope is what the music industry needs, and rock-rap is a genre that has been needing a shove in the right direction. Fenzrir, who was recently signed to New York’s Bentley Records, shows the music industry the direction it needs to go.