Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
This San Francisco quartet succeeds at taking aggro-electro rock to a new level with Technical Difficulties. While numerous other electro-industrial groups rely on blatant anger and rampant sequencing to fuel their work, H... more »
This San Francisco quartet succeeds at taking aggro-electro rock to a new level with Technical Difficulties. While numerous other electro-industrial groups rely on blatant anger and rampant sequencing to fuel their work, Hate Dept. display more depth and thought; they give the songs breathing room. "Anger Impulse" and "Fireflies" feature rockin' electric guitars and heavy, danceable beats, but the band also displays a variety of guitar tones. Of course, if you want a stomper, indulge in "Release It." Then there's the melancholic, trumpet-laced ballad "Wait." What distinguishes Hate Dept. from their peers is a sense of melody and drama. Their promise has certainly been fulfilled with Technical Difficulties. --Bryan Reesman
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"I downloaded "release it" from the guy's website and soon find myself picking it up at the music store where there are 10 other LPs to be bought. Hello!! This CD rips it up!! A mix of Prodigy, Depeche Mode, Atari Teenage Riot, and good producing make this worth every penny. Not quite Orgy, but a wonderful addition to the genre. Pass it on..."
Hate Dept. unflagging in their energy & showmanship
Justin Pogue | 11/26/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hate Dept., once a band playing for $300 bucks a show 600 miles from home and counting on the good graces of the promoters for food and shelter (wait a sec, how does that seperate them from any other band, ever? But anyway...) were at the very least always enthusiastic and immensely talented on stage. When their first album "Meat your maker" came out it had little to no distribution save the immediate LA area, and I had to grab one off of the band themselves when they came through town. And then I was hooked. Since then they have developed not so much their talent (which was never lacking in the first place) but their production values have gone up to enable slicker, more ear-friendly releases. Which I must confess I do not enjoy as much as "Meat Your Maker". It's not to say that they're not good albums, including this one, its simply that on "Meat" they covered up some gaps in technology by overlaying crunching guitar riffs that enhanced the industrial feel of the album in a totally KMFDM way that worked REALLY well for them. Now, I would suppose because of increased production values and capability (or maybe musical direction, hell, I dunno)those industrial elements have been replaced with a more ambient or synth-poppy feel. Still good stuff, but I confess I'm a fan of music with sharp teeth."
Dance/industrial/EBM, from one of the finest in the genre
Justin Pogue | 08/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album effectively expresses the emotional twists and turns of resentment and frustration with the world and the people in it. Hate Department may not be the appropriate name for the group. No HATE seems to be expressed, more like anger and frustration, chanelled more appropriately and poetically. To steal a line from Skinny Puppy: "With your eyes open, you know soft-spoken changes nothing." This album is far from soft-spoken, but not "preachy." I find myself in political and emotional agreement with many of the lyrics.Do you like to dance to Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, Forma Tadre, or old Nine Inch Nails? This is excellent dance music as well. I can't figure out why this has not been all the rage on the dance floors everywhere, though I do hear it in the harder clubs.Hate Department is not out of place in ballad land with "Wait" or "Leaving" either. Surprisingly, some deep rich vocals are blended in."