ALBUM REVIEW: Ho99o9 – Blurr

Release Date: August 13th 2020
Label: Toys Have Powers/999 Deathkult


Ho99o9 are mostly known for their relentless live performances and, it’s the same with any of their earlier releases, their ‘Blurr’ mixtape is definitely destined to be played very loud and, especially, live as well.

‘Blurr’ starts off incredibly doom-y, but more in a way that it almost resembles Black Sabbath instead of their usual brand, but, rather quickly, it all retorts back to their roots; quick raps, harsh bass lines, and as many distortions as you can fit into a song. ‘Blurr’ really sees the duo go back to where they originally came from, but with a lot of improved skills. It’s Ho99o9 2.0 – the same but better.

One of Ho99o9‘s trademarks was the fact that usually none of the songs on one compilation made much sense with each other, and it’s very much the same with ‘Blurr’. There’s a theme of horror elements and talking bits referring to the current ongoing pandemic that strings itself throughout the whole mixtape, but apart from that, the songs really don’t tie in with each other at all. This used to be an argument against Ho99o9, making giving their EPs a listen of a more uncomfortable experience, but they’ve mastered the task of somehow still making it work.

Having a track called ‘Hardcore’ on it being the most mellow and chill one of the lot, is definitely more or less a big fuck-off to people criticising bands for being too clich√© and not really trying anymore, which is for sure a solid truth, but also gets thrown around way too easily. The mood doesn’t last for long, because the second that ‘Dog Shit’ kicks in, we’re back in Ho99o9‘s little haunted house.

It all reaches peak with the last song on the record, ‘Firefly Family’, which perfectly combines all of Ho99o9‘s best attributes and features no other than Eyehategod‘s own Mike IX William.

The bottom line though still remains that Ho99o9 might still be hard to understand for a lot of people if the tunes aren’t played very loudly in a mood-fitting room, or, ideally, seen performed live. Still, ‘Blurr’ acts as a perfect rest-bite for fans until that can all happen again.