When it comes down to it, every super villain is a bitter superhero. Whether it’s Dr. Doom’s animosity stemming from being scarred after a chemical miscalculation, Magneto seeing the bigotry and hatred of humans against mutants or…well, nobody knows what happened to the Joker. In this case, you have the super villain of ghetto metal, Sutter Kain. From the violent ranting of “Black Nazi”, “Cannibal Ferox” and “Slaughterhouse”, you can say that Kain’s powers include intense production and strong lyrics. In this case, “Where I Belong” highlights the more wounded side of Sutter Kain and making for an interesting story arc.
As with the previous song L.O.V.E. (Life’s Obsessive Violent Emotions) and “Loser 1-9″, “Where I Belong” has Sutter Kain explaining how he copes by immersing himself into his career to numb the pain and to avoid lamenting. Donnie Darko’s verse plays on a similar theme as Kain’s verse but in Darko’s case he uses gangsta analogies to cover up the rejection he’s experienced.
Although at first listen, the verses are a contrast to each other. But after repeated listens, both share a common thread of inner turmoil. The gruffer vocals of Sutter Kain are a counterbalance to the agitated tone of Donnie Darko. Kind of like a distant cousin of the screaming/clean vocal of post-hardcore. That shouldn’t be a surprise because “ghetto metal” is rooted in post-hardcore and metalcore. Production wise, DJ Bless’s use of “Untitled” by “Eyes Set to Kill” sets the mood for “Where I Belong.” DJ Bless’s heavy drums and signature shuffle coupled with the dulcet acoustic guitar and female vocal complement each other.
In closing, “Where I Belong” is a development that documents Sutter Kain’s evolution from super villain to lovelorn anti-hero.