Release Date: May 5, 2017
Record label: 999 Deathkult / Toys Have Powers
An artist may get lost in their art, but debut album ‘United States of Horror’ seems to have actually possessed Ho99o9. An abrasive duo, challenging and difficult, Ho99o9 have the point of no return firmly in the rear view mirror as they manically slash through every decibel-blasting genre of the last three decades. So dedicated to starting a fire and then just dousing it in petrol over seventeen venomous tracks, Ho99o9 almost immediately lose control of the apocalyptic inferno.
Do you believe in angels, demons, and gods? That's just one of many pointed questions posed, with gleaming grin, by a pair of self-styled 'mutants' with a fixation on death and decay. Fronted by Los Angeles/New Jersey hybrid theOGM and Yeti Bones, Ho99o9 - pronounced 'horror', natch - trade on a maelstrom of punk, hip hop, hardcore, industrial and the odd dash of metal for good measure. And what a compelling wreck it is, too.
Having spent the best part of four years gradually building their reputation on having their live shown shut down but the cops, and music videos involving roadkill and gunshot wounds, the duo have finally decided to release their long overdue debut album. Given that the looming global backdrop to this, especially in the developing era of a Donald Trump presidency in their home country, is one of political uncertainty, rampant protectionism, fractious isolationism and racial tension, the timing couldn't be more pertinent. It's almost as if Ho99o9 have waited for the world to begin to fall apart before releasing their full statement of intent.
Hardcore shows have a way of prompting eureka moments in attendees. Whether this is owed to the music's carnal purity, its defiant spirit, or its crass spectacle is uncertain. Either way, these shows are often sites of transformation. Such is the case with Ho99o9, a duo based in Los Angeles who splice old-school hardcore with gritty hip-hop.
Over the last three years, Ho99o9 (pronounced Horror) have built a rep for confrontational self-styled mutant freakery. The duo, Eaddy and The OGM set out to intimidate and terrify from the get go with their savage amalgamation of thundering Bad Brains meets Death Grips punk and menacing hip-hop. Their music videos showed them dragging bodies across kitchen floors and vomiting up their own organs while at their unsettling, riot-inciting live shows, The OGM turned up in a blood splattered wedding dress while a massive, ski-masked roadie stalked members of the audience.