“No one sounds like us”, Ho99o9 told Kerrang!’s Mischa Pearlman ahead of the release of Skin, their second LP. Certainly, very few others would even contemplate or attempt stylistic mashups this audacious, let alone pull them off.
Skin betrays the LA-based duo’s youthful diet of hip-hop, nu-metal and the blistering, trailblazing punk of Bad Brains, but on opener Nuge Snight and Bite My Face, co-starring Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Ho99o9 flirt with the subterranean speakerquake bass and abrasive noise of contemporary British confrontationalists Benefits and The Bug.
While Lower Than Scum is blink-and-you’ll-miss-it breakneck hardcore and Slo Bread cruises like a 10-ton lowrider, other tracks from Ho99o9 are far less linear, performing impossible pivots – in the case of Battery Not Included, from throbbing techno to old-school horns-aloft metal to tranquil harmonies and back again.
words BEN WOOLHEAD
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