SKIN

Ho99o9 - SKIN
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2022 Ratings: #134 / 330
User Score
Based on 149 ratings
2022 Ratings: #162
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Distorted Sound

SKIN is really next level stuff, properly cathartic and vital as well as being forward thinking whilst remaining brutally primal, nobody does this as good as HO99O9.

80
Metal Hammer

Skin is a headfuck and a half, but never once feels disjointed. It’s the sound of a band who sound like no one else in the world.

80
Kerrang!

An album that cannot and will not stand still, or be quiet, or remain one thing for very long.

80
DIY

This second album is a cacophony of hissing synths, thudding guitars and furious scream-raps drenched in EQ: harsh and guttural, with little space to breathe.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Listening to any Ho99o9 record provokes a strong physiological response, but on SKIN the band accelerate their bone-rattling, temperature-raising sounds with unrivaled tenacity.

80
Blabbermouth.net

Audacious and heroically noisy from start to finish, "Skin" will hurt your ears.

80
Gigwise

Like a parasite burrowing underneath your skin, their sophomore LP will fuck you up!

80
NME
Hailing from New Jersey, Ho99o9 differentiate themselves from the squeaky sounds of their hometown with hardcore rap-rock.
80
Northern Transmissions
With 2022 not showing any mercy as far as tragic worldwide events goes, ‘SKIN’s birth couldn’t be timelier. An album built on anger and fury, in time to be angry and furious about.
75
Beats Per Minute
Ho99o9 vividly express the anarchic impulse, conjuring the despair and volatility inherent to our postlapsarian age.
70
Clash

To take influences from so many places, whilst still being as focused as 'Skin' is no mean feat and while it can be hard to define the line between the worlds the band traverse, no one else out there is walking that line right now as well as they do.

50
Spectrum Culture

You can hear the glimpses of greatness within Skin, they’re impossible to avoid. But the issues that held Ho99o9’s debut back continue to rear their not-ugly-enough heads.

BaddieBaphomet
80

NO NUANCE REVIEW

It’s like being hit in the face by bricks for half an hour in the positive way imaginable. An absolutely brutal industrial hop-hop/hardcore album.

Also, Corey Taylor’s feature is probably the most I’ve enjoyed something he’s been a part of in like decade

DonCorleone
86

Y'all remember that fucking X-men movie where Michael Fassbender says "the perfect balance between chaos and peace" or some shit like that? This is fucking it! I absolutely adore this album, so much energy, the hip-hop base but the metalcore aesthetic and the punk-ballad hooks + premium guests... Get the fuck outta here. Fantastic.

edit* LMAO, I just googled my reference, it is actually "the point between rage and serenity" that's way more accurate to describe this piece.

Louis13
73

Sitting somewhere between hip-hop, punk and techno, this album is abrasively loud, industrial and experimental. Like quite a lot of hardcore punk and industrial hip-hop, I think I respect this album more than I really enjoy it. Every song seems to go through a few distinct stages so I can safely say that this album is never dull. My favourite part of the album is the quieter sections of 'Skinhead', which I think says more about me than the album.

Favourite Tracks: Battery Not Included, Bite My ... read more

Melancoholic
40

Death Grips met $uicideboy$ and decided to make a bad album.

Jenscederdorff
70

This album goes HAAARD. BUT it is not without its flaws. this album is constantly in your face and sometimes the switchups feel unimportant after too much abrassiveness. Though this album is more than just screamo punk. There is heavy techno vibes influenced, over the punky drums. There are also a couple of soft spots on the record that add more to the overall experience like the spokenword part on "SKINHEAD", which is by far my fav track along with "DEAD OR ASLEEP?"

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VinylFantasy
85

BaddieBaphomet described this as having bricks thrown at your face for half an hour, and I don't think any arrangement of the English language can describe this album better. But I'll give my thoughts anyway.

Perhaps as a symptom of the crazy times we've been living through, has anyone else noticed just how angry music has sounded lately? The revival of punk and industrial sounds in more mainstream scenes, and their merger with the likes of metalcore and hip-hop has taken the concept of genre ... read more

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Added on: February 11, 2022