Ho99o9 – United States Of Horror (2017)
As inequality and corruption continue to infect our society and world at large, greed and violence seem to spearhead its effectiveness. Whether that be through the greed of capitalism or the violence of war, we see the affects on a daily basis everywhere. This has been a reality for a long time, perhaps maybe the signs and awareness only becoming more apparent through the medium of the internet in recent years. But the punk movement didn’t need the internet to know society was maladjusted. The industrial movement didn’t either. Both started out of utter discontent, not out of a desire to exemplify the summer of love and spread hippy freedom. The wanted to break the rules. They wanted to restart the game, not press continue.
2017 sees the world divided on many fronts, especially amongst the so-called developed world. America? The Divided States of America. The nightmarish yet cartoonish, car-crash politics of Trump. The United Kingdom? Scotland wants out. Apparently over half of Britain want of the European Union too. Why? A lack of education? Pure idiocy?
Sometimes its nice to hear music that likes to challenge apathy and represent unrest. American band Ho99o9 (Horror) do that with a vicious industrial/punk spirit seamlessly melded to a mechanised hip-hop spine. Raging, ferocious vocals blend with a multitude of influences – there’s noisy industrial synths everywhere, there’s punk and metal guitars spread aplenty, there’s hip-hop rhythms you can’t help but bang your head to. The end result is a violent delight. But despite all this, it’s the authenticity and conviction of the duo that really stands out. It’s as if every split second of this album was made with their sheer blood, sweat and tears. This album seethes with discontent and rage. There’s no contrived notion of attempting to infiltrate one scene or another, this is the sound of artists striving to express themselves, their contempt with the world, exorcising their inner frustrations at how backwards society has become.
It’s killer track after killer track. The slow, heavy hip-hop groove of opening track “War Is Hell” kicks things off with uncomfortable intent, its noisy sucker-punch acting as a warning sign of things to come. There’s a huge energy in this album, tracks like “Face Tatt” and “Bleed War” just completely soaked in venomous bile. It’s astonishingly great. The industrial metal tinged “Knuckle Up” is demonically catchy. That punk influence smacks hard in the face with tracks like “Sub-Zer0” and “City Rejects”, maybe some elements of Black Flag in there. Title track “United States of Horror” is a heavy, groove laden, political diatribe, much akin to “War Is Hell”. The album closes with the eerie and atmospheric “Blaqq Hole”.
United States Of Horror is an unrelentingly bleak work of art, beautiful in spirit and far from being depressive, this album is reinvigorating, providing the listener with the adrenaline to stand up and say ENOUGH. Very highly recommended.
Available to buy on iTunes here.