HMLTD - West of Eden
Feb 7, 2020 (updated Mar 3, 2020)
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The drama kid in me is shaking

The best kind of debut is the rare one where the artist comes through with a sound that isn’t just refreshing and unique, but fully-formed. HMLTD have delivered exactly that. For as long as some of these songs have been out there, it’s incredible that The West Is Dead isn’t merely coherent, but a consistently charismatic and engrossing experience. The dark Western flair gives the band a quirk with which to twist post punk with the glorious goth camp, and do they ever run with it... Each element of the music on The West Is Dead, from the madhouse guitars and trap-infused post punk to Henry Spychalski’s manic, over-the-top performances, would sound utterly ridiculous on their own. When they come together with the latter’s deranged and disturbing lyrics though, they become even more ridiculous, but to the point that the songs are awe-inspiring, even somewhat terrifying. The West Is Dead is an early contender for not just debut of the year, but perhaps even album of the year. It’s perverse, theatrical, wonderful, and above all, weird, and I cannot get enough.

Favorite Tracks: The West Is Dead, LOADED, To the Door, ‘Satan, Luella, & I,’ 149, Joanna, Where’s Joanna?, Death Drive. Nobody Stays in Love, Blank Slate
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Feb 8, 2020
I feel so mean because of my review now
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