United States of Horror

Ho99o9 - United States of Horror
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Ratings: #252 / 721
User Score
Based on 46 ratings
2017 Ratings: #526
May 5, 2017 / Release Date
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Deathkult / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Loud and Quiet

The real skill that this duo has managed to display here is in creating a distinctive sense of personality around whom they are and what they do whilst operating in a self-imposed ever-shifting musical landscape, in which standing still appears to be a crime.

80
DIY

With songs that have long ago morphed into brutal initiations, if you can somehow defend yourself long enough Ho99o9 almost invite you to see their world through their hazed-over eyes.

80
Drowned in Sound

United States of Horror is blessed with belters that can be easily consumed as bite-sized tasters, and the genre-hopping is sensational when it clicks ... but focused commitment is demanded and duly rewarded.

80
Clash

Ho9909’s debut couldn’t have come at a more pertinent time. We need their kind of voices, however discomforting they can be, now more than ever.

75
The Line of Best Fit

The eclecticism of United States of Horror feels like an act of pure catharsis, and for a band that clearly prides itself on keeping people guessing, this makes perfect sense.

70
AllMusic

United States of Horror boasts a sleeker and more crystal-cut produced sound palette than Ho99o9’s previous efforts; that’s not to say that the guts, grit, and feral nature of those releases are absent -- they're very much here, breathing and festering from start to finish.

67
Pitchfork

Volatility is Ho99o9’s brand. The L.A.-based duo merge interests in old-school hardcore and hip-hop on their scorching debut album.

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79
Although their group name and album title are pretty cringe-worthy, Ho99o9 created a very solid experimental hip hop/punk album, reminiscent of Show Me The Body's Corpus tape from March, in United States of Horror.
With this being my introduction to the group, I have to say that I was impressed with their ability to do a great job of combining hip hop and punk cohesively, better than any other "punk rap" projects which hold that name loosely. Granted, the majority of the project is ... read more
EMR
58
The hardcore hip-hop duo finally break through with a full lenght album, but it comes a bit late after all the Death Grips releases since the beginning of the decade. The sound is impressive, with many references to industrial-metal bands like Ministry or early Nine Inch Nails, as well as some trap-infused beats that help adding some character to the otherwise overly-explored antics of the group. As interesting, loud and striking as the band's sound may be, though, it doesn't take away the ... read more
Benny
65
This project is so fucking raw but the only thinking bringing it down is some of the very edgy lyrics
I really like the overall direction the trio is going with this album and hopefully i hear more from them

Favorite tracks:War Is Hell,Dekay and Huckle Up
Knxckebeatz
65
Some songs are pretty energetic, and I really like the way they mix their vocals but sometimes the project gets drown in the ultimate sometimes unnecessary edgyness and cliché "rebellious" lyrics
BuffaloStaple
63
This is a really interesting experimental rap album, unfortunately it's a little too sloppy and underwritten for me to say I really enjoyed it, but it's still absolutely worth a shot. The way they attempt to blend metal and rap together occasionally is pretty inventive, and it actually goes over pretty well on the tracks Sub-Zer0 & Bleed War in my opinion, but occasionally this collision of genres can be a total misfire e.g. Street Power (worst song on the album). Some of these tracks go ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#30/Les Inrocks
#38/Loud and Quiet
#40/Kerrang
#84/Louder Than War

MISC LISTS

#46/SPIN (First Half)

Track List

  1. U.S.H.
  2. War Is Hell
  3. Street Power
  4. Face Tatt
  5. When Death Calls
  6. Bleed War
  7. Moneymachine
  8. Splash
  9. Knuckle Up
  10. Dekay (feat. Gnar)
  11. Sub-Zer0
  12. Feels Like...
  13. City Rejects
  14. Hydrolics
  15. New Jersey Devil
  16. United States of Horror
  17. Blaqq Hole
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