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Hate Dept.

Technical Difficulties

(Restless)

If you’re growing impatient waiting for a new Prodigy album, Hate Dept. may have the answer. Formed in the early 90s and contemporaries of Nine Inch Nails and Ministry, Hate Dept. is just as influenced by 70s British punk as 90s techno. Opening track “Superdrama” could be “Breathe” Part Two, from the funky synth and bass opening to the Keith Flint-like vocal snarls. Like Prodigy, Hate Dept. is enamored of old-school hip-hop (“Coming Down”), while simultaneously backing the vocals with buzz saw, industrial guitars, and pulsing synthesizer beats. If the big beat/industrial mutation is your bag, you’ll certainly enjoy Technical Difficulties. Just be forewarned that Hate Dept. doesn’t quite possess the compositional skill or rhythmic inventiveness of a Liam Howlett. However, it ventures into more exotic locals than its British colleagues, as on the jazz-tinged torch song “Wait,” which builds to a blistering crescendo by the end and then gradually gives way to some great synth beats on the appropriately-titled “Anger Impulse.”

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