"What I love about Hydra is that they take the spirit (in the purest form I've seen for awhile) and indeed the vocal style from old-school Anarcho-Punk stuff then mash it up with a totally contemporary groove, backed by distorted samples used as rhythmic noises and incredible junk-metal percussion. If you think of Test Dept at their angriest, then multiply it by 23, you're in the right region. I can't even describe the sheer force of it on paper. Even if you don't listen to the lyrics (an inspired collection of politicised soundbites/slogans), you only need to hear a few seconds of Nick in action to know he's sorely pissed off about SOMETHING." Rattler
Formed from the ashes of experimental industrial duo Third Door From The Left and proto-noise mongers Birth Complex; HYDRA are named after both the seven headed monster of Greek myth (check out Ray Harryhausen's "Jason and the Argonauts" for an entertaining, if wildly inaccurate, version of events), and the secret terrorist organisation from Marvel Comics "Nick Fury - Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." (in it's original mid-sixties incarnation dedicated to the violent overthrow of all governments, now sadly recast as a neo-nazi group due to political revisionism).
After several years as a two-piece, during which time Raye was recruited to the ranks of Leech Woman and Nick pursued other visual based projects, Hydra became a trio with the addition of Rog (also of Leech Woman) adding metal percussion and power tools to the mix.
When pushed, the band have described themselves as post-Industrial Punk. Occupying a position somewhere between Skinny Puppy, early Consolidated and Discharge, the sound is a head-on collision between the righteous anger of Punk and the vicious soundscapes of Industrial pioneers like Cabaret Voltaire and Suicide. Taking the "anyone can do it" attitude and applying it to the technology of sequencers and samplers. Punk without guitars. Industrial without the crypto-fascist overtones.