From the densely populated and largely metropolitan Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China comes the harsh noise experimentalism of Hatred In Eyes. The sounds of the city are evident in the chaotic noise on this release, which is for the most part full-on Power Electronics with a mid-range human voice nicely mixing in with a miasma of electronic sounds. The first and last tracks on this release feature more subdued tones, like an ancient-sounding stringed instrument or a flute, mixed in with the harsh electronic noise sounds. The meat of this release, tracks two through four, act as a nightmare suite of a swirling vortex of electronic sounds and a harsh vocal performance from Hatred In Eyes. Because the vocals are rather distorted, it is difficult to discern what exactly he is saying, but despite the fact that the song titles are in English he seems to be performing the vocals in Chinese.
The packaging for this 3" CD is very unique, it comes in a small, wallet-shaped plastic case resembling a tiny DVD box. The opening and closing tracks ("EFD I + II") have an atmospheric feel to them that gives the overpowering middle three tracks a stronger impact. "EFD I" in particular is a very pretty and timeless-sounding bit of music that does not in any way prepare the listener for the psychic barrage brought on by the rest of the CD. I was surprised to see that this release contains twenty minutes of music on it, as most CDs of this size generally rum from under ten minutes to about fifteen minutes at the absolute longest. The length was also a surprise because I had already listened to the thing several times, and found it to be very brief and enjoyable both times. Hatred In Eyes packs enough material in these five tracks to make it more like a mini-LP than an EP or single, which is the usual feel of a 3" CD. The artwork is very unique as well, a sinister interpretation of the Grateful Dead "Steal Your Face" logo with an eye-within-a-pyramid over the world in place of the lightening bolt on top of the skull. In the top section of the pyramid, above the eye, is an illustration of two large wads of US currency. The circle surrounding it is littered with tiny icons such as bullets, grenades, a beaker with a bio-hazard logo on it, and prescription drugs.
The final track, "EFD II," is slightly more toned-down (despite a blistering machine-gun electronic sound that runs along the more melodic track), and features a desolate spoken vocal accompaniment that is a tradition in Power Electronics. I must say that I was quite surprised with the depth of quality and effort that went into this release. This is the first noise artist that I have ever heard from Hong Kong, and if this is any indication of a scene over there I would certainly enjoy hearing more. Limited edition of 200, so all of you PE heads try and get your hands on one of these. It is a long, strange trip that is worthy of your attention.