Hate Dept.: Mainline EP
- New Power (Suck Dry)
- I Don't Know You
With this release it seems Siebold has toned down quite a bit. The songs are
definitely less aggressive, both vocally and musically. The first track 'New
Power' sounds like classic Hate Dept. with slightly shouted vocals, heavy, but
not dominant guitar riffs and the raw aggressiveness you get from their songs.
This version includes some background diva vocals and the guitars sound a
little more crunchy and metally than the version on Coldwave Breaks.
'Omnipresent' reminds me somewhat of the track 'Drew' on "Meat.Your.Maker",
with a little less bite, but a nice groovy baseline in the background 'Cowgirl'
is a funny take-off on the Western lifestyle, which includes a great kind of
quick-paced distorted jazzy 60's intro, like something you would hear on the
old Batman series. It also has some hilarious lyrics and guitar riffs that
sound like a combination between metal and country. 'On I Don't Know You', and
to a lesser extent on 'Omnipresent', Siebold actually sings for the most part,
rather than screaming out his lyrics. This last track is a very sad and
emotionally moving song, largely a result of Siebold's singing and the
keyboards which give me the impression of raindrops silently dropping to the
ground. The lyrics are still bitter throughout most of the tracks, but the
music showcases a nice contrast between mellow, emotionally filled tracks and
hard-edged aggressive tracks.
Hate Dept is:
Seibold - voice, programming
Coby Bassett - guitar, voice
Ryan Daily - keyboards, samples, voice
Charles Hunt - drums, voice
P.O. Box 445
Walnut Creek, CA 91788-0445
Last Modified: Monday, 24-Sep-2012 16:53:26 MST