Hardcore veterans (hed)p.e. return with their seventh, and most political album yet — the driving New World Orphans. Billing themselves as the leaders of the truth movement, (hed)p.e. have taken it upon themselves to educate the world's youth about the corruption in the world.
Indeed, right from the outset, (hed)p.e. wastes no time in delivering its message. "New World Intro" tells the listener they had "better wake up and understand that there are people who are guiding your life and you don't even know it." On "Ordo (ab Chao)," the band instruct President Bush to "come out with his hands up" before slamming into a riff that would be at home on Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power. It's not all metal though. The verses are melodic, with hints of reggae and combine elements of rap and hardcore over an ever-changing musical landscape. Lyrically, the song speaks about how the government uses fear to intimidate the masses.
"Stay Ready," which features Dirtball, blends rap, metal and sing-along choruses in a song that tells of alien conspiracies and warns the listener not to believe anything they hear in the fake news. "Family" starts out as fast-paced punk before breaking down into a rap song. Stylistically, it's a shock to the system to hear the very different styles juxtaposed against each other, but the band makes it work, shifting gears on a dime. It's songs such as "Family" that make it hard to classify (hed)p.e.'s music. Is it metal? Is it rap? Is it reggae? Is it punk? It's all of the above with the only constant being the intense lyrics.
New World Orphans also features guest appearance from N9ne on "Work on This," a song about the media's portrayal of sex in the world and quotes Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy." The Kottonmouth Kings make an appearance on "Higher Ground," a '70s-style funk tune extolling the virtues of pot.
(hed)p.e.'s lyrics can get heavy handed, and if as a listener, you aren't ready to incite a riot or challenge the government, can get old very quickly. However, the band is well informed about their topics and attempt to present an alternative to the mainstream news. They don't want the listener to be comfortable. They want them to think.
Musically speaking, New World Orphans is about as diverse as it gets, combining multiple styles and genres, often in the same song. In a day of cookie-cutter music, (hed)p.e. is anything but.
Release Date – January 13, 2009