The Bastards

Palaye Royale - The Bastards
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Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 34 ratings
2020 Ratings: #610
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May 29, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sumerian / Label
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Classic Rock
Ambitiously over-reaching from start to finish, The Bastards is the sound of a band relentlessly pushing themselves creatively to broaden their artistic identity.
Judging by the giant strides they’ve made here, the moment when reality lines up with their lofty ambitions is but a few steps away, though firmly in sight.
Decent alt-rock album. Sounds like a mix of Set It Off and twenty one pilots, but angrier and angstier.
While it was really great for the first half, to have 14 songs is a bit dragged on and already got tired of it as soon as the second half of the album started.

Favs: Little Bastards, Tonight is the Night I Die, Hang on to Yourself, Fucking with My Head, Black Sheep
Faves: lonely, little b*stards, massacre, nervous breakdown, masochist
Least faves: Tonight is the night I die,doom, lord of lies, black sheep, stay
it gets a bit repetitive but it still fucks
When this album came out, I had pretty low expectations and imagined I probably wouldn't even listen to the entire thing. I was very wrong, and the only reason why this album didn't get a perfect rating from me is because there's a couple songs that don't blow me away. For the most part the lyrics are pretty angsty and edgy, but I think that they pull it off well. I love this album.

Favorite tracks: Hang On To Yourself, Massacre the New American Dream, Nightmares, Redeemer
Least favorite ... read more
Better than I expected — harmless but nothing I’d return to. I understand the appeal (sort of) but i can’t bring myself to really enjoy it. The vocals here are better than past albums imo (vocals range from a softer sound to a harsh scream) but can be irritating at times (like the closer, for instance). Songwriting is still better but still eh, and the production isn’t too flattering. A fair amount of eye-roll inducing moments — lyrics are basically what ... read more
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Track List

  1. Little Bastards
  2. Massacre, The New American Dream
  3. Anxiety
  4. Tonight Is The Night I Die
  5. Lonely
  6. Hang on to Yourself
  7. Fucking with My Head
  8. Nervous Breakdown
  9. Nightmares
  10. Masochist
  11. Doom (Empty)
  12. Black Sheep
  13. Stay
  14. Redeemer
  15. Lord of Lies (Bonus Track)
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Added on: May 4, 2020