Hednoize: Searching for the End


By Benn Joseph

Maybe I’m a little bit biased in my excitement about this album, but I can’t help it. Hednoize hails from Chicago (my hometown), and I have to admit I’m very proud of them. For some reason I’ve never heard of their music, even after all the musical ventures I’ve been through. It all seems to make sense, though; as soon as I put the CD on, I immediately knew they were from Chicago.

Wax Trax! Records, formerly located on north Damen in Chicago, is thought of as the place where the industrial Chicago sound first began in 1979, having launched such bands as Ministry, Revolting Cocks, and the Thrill Kill Kult. Now there’s Hednoize, diligently working to make themselves known on the same level.

Hednoize is comprised of former Psykosonik frontman Daniel Lenz along with Brent Daniels, who I believe may also be known as “Free.” This merger took place about three years ago and Searching for the End is their debut album. Psykosonik, as it turns out, was also on the Wax Trax! label.

When people describe this group (I actually read some reviews of them on mtv.com) the same bands always seem to pop up in the “it sounds like this” part of the review. Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, and Underworld are at the front of this list, but I’m not sure I completely agree. Their sound is much more raw than anything Depeche Mode ever did, and it makes me think more along the lines of other Chicago bands (just as it should). Ministry, Kill Hannah, and Sister Machine Gun were the first three bands that I thought of. Hednoize, along with the these three, all have a very distinct “Chicago” sound to them, which always makes me think of the vicious, screaming, iron tearing sound the El makes every time it goes by (and when you’re riding on it). This music also makes me think of places like the Metro, the Vic, and other venues where it only seems fitting that bands like this would play.

Published at: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/hednoize-searching/