Wednesday, July 14, 1999

Review - Technical Difficulties

Artist: Hate Dept.

Posted on Wed, Jul 14, 1999 at 4:00 AM

Like industrial monolith Nine Inch Nails, Orange County, Calif.'s Hate Dept. embraces computer technology and synthesizers on "Technical Difficulties," their third album. Tangible bass, drums, keyboards and guitar crash into a wall of punishing machine-made beats.

The keyboard interplay of opening track "Superdrama" mesmerizes. "Release It," the album's first single, is a suggestive carnal chant. "Little Let Down" pulses from slow to fast. Parts of the sobering "Coming Down" bear resemblance to NIN's "Down in It" while maintaining Hate Dept.'s own brand of rage. The band sacrificed two years of its life for an album saturated with aggressive textures. The result? A near-perfect blend of man and machine.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 14, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation