Many musicians use their artistic endeavors to explore facets of their personality that don't otherwise get to be exposed. Richmond, VA. multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser Abdul Hakim Bilal takes this line of thought to the extreme. Their four main projects (and countless one-offs and side projects) are massively different and expose the world to varying, divergent aspects of Bilal's psyche.
In noise rock duo Among The Rocks And Roots, they've spent the last four years and two albums exploring the dark recesses of the self, especially in regards to abuse and the subsequent need to rise above it. Bilal's solo effort as Grey Wulf treads ground in an assortment of sounds and emotions, highlighting the more beautiful and ambient turns of their personality. Bilal provides primal adrenaline in black metal 2-piece Och. And in RAIC, Bilal explores their first love of improvisation in the musical shapeshifting and genreless antics encouraged in the Collective's mission statement. With this project, Shame, Bilal pummels you with what you don't want to see or hear. This is provocation to the extreme; noise to make you feel uncomfortable and make your skin crawl. Shame is not here to make friends.