Album Review – H09909

The United States of Horror
On 999 Deathkult, LLC

A review is often an attempt to classify and explain to a reader what they might find when listening to a given album. Understandably, this would be an easy way to grasp the style and sound of the artist. But, for now, let’s throw that notion out of the window, because some things escape being neatly classified. Such is H09909 (pronounced horror).

They ARE aggressive, bold, raw, and intensely energetic. The dual vocal carnage of theOGM (aka Jean), and Yeti Bones (aka Eaddy), create a combustible mix of punk, metal, rap and electronic components. These blend in a head-slamming powder-keg, landing a bit more to the punk side with tracks like City Rejects, Street Power and Sub-Zero. The chaotic sounds within their explosive style are ripe with political subtext — evident in the title cut, United States of Horror, and the aggressive track, War is Hell. H09909 achieve mixing in various flavors of insanity throughout the record, pulling heavily from the industrial genre in Bleed War and Face Tatt, then moving towards a hardcore style with the forceful track, New Jersey Devil. Within each of these songs the band still manages to spin in some amalgamation of sound that is a brand of their own. In a departure, the song Hydrolics is by far the most relaxed on the album. It has swagger and grind, smacking a bit old-school with the background and samples. Hydrolics exist in juxtaposition to Dekay (feat. Gnar) — a fantastically feral track composed as an abrasive, deconstructed, anti-tune. This noise machine is built over a tasty measured cadence that pulls you to its will.

Take heed: this band isn’t for everyone. They don’t pull any punches socially, verbally, intellectually or sonically. The soundscape of the record is uneasy and tense, with a live electric undercurrent in many of the cuts that are a hair shy of setting off a nerve. The vocals are an assault, spit in the face of the subjects within the tracks. This band offers their naked truth with an unapologetic irreverence, and they clearly don’t give a damn if you are down for the ride or not.

This record and this band lay on that musical dividing line where it will either thrill or repulse a listener; they leave little room for the middle ground. BRAVO for music that dares not to be mediocre by appealing to commercial sensibilities.

War is Hell – Produced by Dave Sitek from TV On The Radio

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