SEARCHING FOR THE END
ALBUM WAX TRAX!, TVT RELEASE: FEBRUARY 15, 2000 REVIEW: MARCH 10, 2000
Hednoize gives hope. Hope for the future of alternative music. Totally unknown to me, they deliver a full blown masterpiece as their firstborn.
"Searching for the End" is more than just a promising beginning, itís something of a bullís-eye. Some, if not most, of the songs are unquestionable "tens", and the ones who arenít are still good enough to make me want to tell everyone about how great they are. Daniel Lenz and Brent Daniels scrape the edges of Depeche Mode, U2 and Nine Inch Nails, but manage to add a self invented touch. Theyíve spent quite some time working on "Searching for the End", and it shows. The title is an indication of their inability to forecast the end of their album work, the anxiety of not completing it.
Hednoize is everything I wish for in a band today, with emotion, blur, strength and clarity all in one homogenised mixture. With superb, impeccable vocals, an overwhelming sound I havenít even heard before and eleven displays of pure magic this is without a doubt some of the best music Iíve heard in a long, long time. The reason Iím not giving it the best of grades is simply because I canít really tell if there is room for improvement. Iím leaving that option open.
"Searching for the End" may even work as an alternative rehab method for drug addicts. It gave me the kick of the year. Hednoize is industrial pop so powerful it will force you down on your knees. And, trust me, youíll love every submissive second of it.