Hardcore punk, glam rock and disco collide throughout Kane Hodder’s new EP, creating what feels like a mini-rock opera as dramatic as the title suggests. “Gold Fever! Catch It!” runs rampant with mathy guitar hooks and funked-out metal. Andrew Moore’s split personality vocals switch seamlessly between The Darkness-like operatic falsetto and death metal screams. And as if there weren’t enough offbeat layers, the song is fringed by gang vocals chanting, “The market begins to swarm!” like a chorus of peasants in a musical play singing on the corners of Wall Street. “The Use of a Tourniquet is Not Advised” toys with ’70s dance boogies that are immediately overpowered by cookie monster vocals and then, inexplicably, the upward strum of ska rhythms, minus the horns.
The whole thing is nothing short of weird, but despite easy comparisons to several musical styles, Kane Hodder stitches the disjointed pieces into a curiously enticing monster. “Siberia” is by far the best track with its sci-fi guitars and the way Moore croons “Starlight! Starlight!” in the prettiest voice ever before plummeting into gravelly growls as if tearing up a carcass with the fervor of an Arctic wolf.
Kane Hodder plays the Badlander Monday, Sept. 22, at 9 PM with Come Up Swinging. $4.
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