HO99O9 BRING THE FIERCENESS TO SAUDADE’S HARDCORE DUB
By Nathan Leigh
November 8, 2019
Ho99o9 have officially reached the point in their careers where they’ve transcended from being “exciting” to possessing a “Midas touch.” The industrial punk-rock duo has been behind some of the best releases of the last few years, and their immersion into the art-prog-hardcore collective, Saudade, is yet another in an ongoing string of highlights.
“Sanctuary Dub” is a dub-inflected track that mutates between genres, acting as a launchpad for theOGM and Yeti Bones’ vocal pyrotechnics. It’s is aggressive but nuanced, progressive but taut, organic but carefully crafted. For an all-star project full of bold-faced names — “Sanctuary Dub” features Crosses bassist Chuck Doom, noisy guitars from Bad Brains’ Dr. Know and noise avant-garde composer David Torn, keyboards by John Medeski, and drums provided by Weather Report’s Robert Thomas and Dillinger Escape Plan’s Gil Sharone; with members of the Deftones and Cro-Mags also contributing to Saudade — it has a distinct personality beyond the sum of its parts. How many songs contain an epic hardcore breakdown alongside a celestial jazz piano solo? At this point, the only thing Ho99o9 could get involved in that would surprise us, is something boring.