Ho99o9

Mutant Freax EP

SXSW 2015 Records

Ho99o9

Mutant Freax EP

An artsy collision of nightmare rap and scum punk that suggests horrorcore pioneers Gravediggaz cracking open the coffin of shock rocker GG Allin. Mutant Freax, the debut EP from L.A.-based, Jersey-bred duo Ho99o9 (pronounced "horror"), awakens with midnight murder raps over warped sub-bass farts on "The Blue Nigga From Hellboy," gravel-voiced fantasies evoking Tyler, the Creator with an experimental twist. Updating the not-so-novel idea of rapping over hardcore punk, Ho99o9 reaches surprising quality on both angles with D-beat screamer "Hated in Amerika." Avant-gutter closer "Dark Paradise" underscores screwed poetry with circuit bent sounds, then launches into one final out-of-breath verse clumsily rhyming "Leatherface" with "pizzaface." The flows aren't intricate, but we look forward to them freaking out suburban crackers at Warped this summer. (Sat., 1am, North Door)

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