Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hollywood Burns - Invaders

This is hands down one of the most interesting synthwave records that I have heard in a good long while. The retro-electro scene has exploded very quickly but has also quickly become fairly redundant so when a band can break the mold its fascinating to get to dig into them. Such is the case with Invaders the latest offering from Hollywood Burns. Borrowing from 60s horror, radio dramas, 80s pop and more than a little disco this is a music nerds listening paradise. Transgressive and powerful but also wonderfully weird.

The compositional excellence that defines Invaders is frequently breathtaking. There is a breadth to this record that can't help but to impress and which hints at so much more more within the band. Beyond that, Hollywood Burns stun with the sheer bombast of their music. Rarely do they ever seem extreme for the sake of being extreme, instead everything is tied together in weird and mystical ways. It reminds us of the absurdity of the human condition and simultaneously feeds us a heap of broken images with which to shove together in the hope of finding musical absolution. What I'm trying to say is that this record is fuckin' bizarre and I love it.

There is a breathtaking thump that defines Invaders and a really fun sense of adventure that guides you through these tracks. Sure the Stranger Things comparisons are a bit played out at this point, but that's definitely a big part of these songs. Tie in a few artistic twists and turns and you start to see that Hollywood Burns are the kind of band who can do it all. Epic in scope and impossibly fascinating, this project reminds us that there is a ton of unexplored territory in the world of dungeon synth and that we all need to get digging.

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