Wasteland: What Ails Our People Is Clear

LICE - Wasteland: What Ails Our People Is Clear
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Based on 8 reviews
2021 Ratings: #9 / 13
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Based on 112 ratings
2021 Ratings: #13
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This is without a doubt a fantastic record: LICE have pulled off something that is so wonderfully boundary-pushing and intriguingly avant garde.


There’s a Royal Trux-esque chaos to the album, always teetering close to the edge, that creates a nerve-recking feeling of unpredictability.


A collection of biting, esoteric hymns that readily combine the earthly and the cosmic.


It’s a mad, intoxicated voyage powered by unending, unnerving energy; it’s deranged in the most beautiful way. If punk is a loud, bolshy break from the norm, this is punk.

Beats Per Minute

There’s enough going on across the 43-minute running time of WASTELAND that the listener shouldn’t go into it expecting to have grasped the whole thing on the first pass; perseverance is greatly rewarded.

Loud and Quiet

This album demonstrates that they have learned valuable lessons from their impressive predecessors.

God Is in the TV

It isn’t necessarily an easy listen. Sections are abrasive and even Avant-Garde, with shades of Black Midi, but underneath it all, you can feel the element of a quest, a purpose, and a journey, for themselves as much as humanity.


'Wasteland' has all the disturbing atmosphere of a David Lynch film, appealing to a morbid curiosity in us that longs to sample the grottiest, grimiest sounds that music has to offer while still being undeniably impressive.

Wasteland sounds like a bunch of apocalyptic nightmares that are forgotten the second i wake up and never come back to my mind ever again.

LICE's experimental post-punk studio debut is an interesting body of work that aims high for a esoteric, wasteland-ish and cosmic vibe that ultimately falls short due to a few factors that hold it down from actually being good.

The moment i started my listen i was quite impressed with the first 2 tracks, quickly making myself think that it might actually ... read more
Mixing isn't great and it's pretty boring, but it's ok.
I mean for modern experimental post-punk it doesn't necessary stand above the rest by for a debut, LICE does manage to create an engaging and ominous 43 minutes of post-punk with quite a noisy and cold atmosphere and with some nice technical ability especially the guitar work and the vocals enforcing this manic chaotic feeling, although i do find the vocals need to be sharpen up a bit and mixing is alright but WASTELAND is overall a good record and i did enjoy it but many bands have done this ... read more
As if some songs were inspired by my nightmares. I think this album is not a pure example of post-punk or a mediocre example of its kind. An experimental work that definitely doesn't appeal to me.
I have to choose my favorite song due to my concept, so I choose the song that moves the most calmly in the album.

Fav Song: Serata
It would be easy to shrug Wasteland off as just another post post-punk album, but I consider it the end of a promising start from a band who could go far. The originality may not be there, but when a debut album grabs your attention from the start and provides some memorable songs here and there, the only thing that matters in the end is flair. Lice has their own flair, and you can notice it here on Wasteland.
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Track List

  1. Conveyor
  2. Imposter
  3. Espontáneo
  4. R.D.C.
  5. Pariah
  6. Persuader
  7. Arbiter
  8. Serata
  9. Deluge
  10. Folla
  11. Clear
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Added on: December 15, 2020