You ve probably known Rome as an entity that creates an invigorating meta-political, para-religious universe, incorporating all kinds of elements into one catchy collection of songs: an industrial, brainy collage. Hell Money is different an emotional tour-de-force through the twisted inner workings of a tormented individual. The songs remain fragmentary and crude. The voice on this album is not the voice of reason; it is an individual unashamed, yet deeply tormented by the demons that have come to haunt him. The music is built by an anger-driven acoustic guitar and a voice bereft of poetic hipness. No martial drums, no retro sampling, but drums and sampling nonetheless. Hell Money is sparse, crude, intimate, sick, and ultimately honest.
Rome s sound contains the romanticism of neo-folk but with a punk-like aesthetic that lifts the sound and imagery it produces away from the other artists who dominate this genre. --Judas Kiss