ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ALBUMS OF 2017. HO99O9 RELEASE UNITED STATES OF HORROR. READ OUR REVIEW.
THE world is scared, Donald Trump is in power and there is more uncertainty around the globe than ever before.
Enter hip-hop-metal infusion Ho99o9 and their debut album “United States of Horror”. This album is unlike anything that’s come before, its a living, breathing, apocalyptic nightmare and it bounces around in a frenzy from track to track.
From the opening screams of “War Is Hell” you immediately know that this album is going to take you on a journey. The clever use of John Carpenters “Halloween Theme” on “Street Power” only adds to this hybrid genre that Ho99o9 are so cleverly crafting.
“Face Tatt” is almost a hardcore drum and bass track and Ho99o9 are able to take it back to old school garage. You are left with a short interlude, which hears women calling out “when death calls” in a ghostly tone, before being dropped into the thumping distortion of “Bleed War”.
“Knuckle Up” is a call to arms, with the duo rapping hard over incredibly tight beats about “losing their sh*t”. “Sub-Zer0” is one of the more metal fueled songs on the album, with the DeathKult boys explaining why they don’t like you (or someone). Then, suddenly, amongst this world of horror that these rappers are creating “Feels Like…Interlude” lifts you out, allows you to breath as theOGM and Eaddy in Newark rap in a more old school style.
“City Rejects” is tamer (as tame as Ho99o9 can be). It’s a real mosh pit opener, with a cleaner guitar blasting a continual riff and a massive drum beat pulsating in the background. The bass breakdown even gets your head bopping, something Ho99o9 are always capable of.
The penultimate track “United States of Horror” really feels like a reflection of the pain many American’s are feeling right now. Again it’s a call to arms, a uniting song that begs everyone to “put your hands in the air”. The album is brought to a close with “Blaqq Hole” a track which features a demonic vocal that creeps around in your ears, a mix between a werewolf and the devil itself.
Ho99o9 have created their own world with this album, a projection of our future? Or maybe just a world in which Ho99o9 find themselves wrapped in. Nonetheless, this album is incredibly important, it’s messages, it’s mix of genres and it’s production are all incredible. If you haven’t already, buy this record.