Losing is the second surprise release of 2020 from DHI (death and horror inc) after a 22-year hiatus.
Lyrically, this piece is an unwavering moment of reflection and catharsis. As a rumination on the concept of personal loss, it barrels down “the grim road of actuality” that we all must travel at times (whether we wish to admit it or not). And while the song emerges from a highly individual vantage point, it provides necessary space within the words for listeners to imagine their own story.
Thankfully, there is light amidst the looming shadows of these verses. It arrives in the form of a groove, and it is a gloriously pummelling one at that. Like cement blocks detonating under a relentless surge of grinding, contorted guitars.
In a parallel universe where dark dancefloors are still open for business in 2020, Losing is blowing up the spot.
- Losing (Mix V2)*
*The bonus track “Losing (Mix V2)” was added to this release as a Bandcamp exclusive on November 2, 2021. Why? Simply because this updated mix does a better job of capturing the energy and emotion of the song. Get this version here, or on “The Idiot Parade EP” (released on November 1, 2021).
Vicar: voice, programming, guitar, bass, mixing, mastering, visuals
Recorded at Scriptorium IV in 2020.
Released November 23, 2020
Formed in 1987, DHI (death and horror inc) rose to become a leading light of Toronto’s early electronic industrial scene.
In the 1990s, the band issued four CDs on Fringe Product (the Canadian home to Black Flag and The Dead Kennedys), and also appeared on Belgium’s Kk Records (Front Line Assembly, Bauhaus). DHI’s discs received solid university radio support across North America, and even managed to bother the charts at Toronto’s groundbreaking CFNY 102.1FM. Spins from legendary DJ and Skinny Puppy remixer Chris Sheppard, and video play on MuchMusic, saw DHI’s hybrid sound reach an even wider audience.
DHI shared the stage with prominent figures such as The Young Gods, Front Line Assembly and Alien Sex Fiend, and maintained its presence on the industrial landscape until its hiatus in 1997.
But, the story didn’t end there.
In 2019, the group released expanded editions of its entire 1990s catalogue, including remixes and rare early tracks. In response to the renewed interest in DHI that followed, and with the blessing of his cofounding band member, frontman Vicar is once again creating new material under the DHI banner.
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