Searching for the End

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"Cheerful" is an adjective that will never be used to describe Searching for the End, the debut album by electronic pop-rock duo Hednoize.

Singer/keyboardist Free and Psykosonik leader Daniel Lenz draw on influences ranging from Depeche Mode to Stabbing Westward to KMFDM, and their CD is consistently dark, brooding, and gloomy. It's also compelling most of the time -- while other electronic acts that emerged in the 1990s used technology to mask a lack of substance, that's hardly the case with this group. Instead of trying to win you over with production gloss, Hednoize employs solid melodies and memorable lyrics. Technology is, to be sure, a major weapon in their arsenal, but songs like "Pay Me No Mind," "Devil's Train," and "Loaded Gun" probably would have sounded great even if Searching for the End had been an acoustic album (something it most definitely is not). Elements of industrial noise and techno serve Hednoize well, although this CD isn't nearly as club-friendly as your typical industrial or techno release. The songs are too slow and aren't very danceable; instead, it's best to sit down and listen to this very moody offering.

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