Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Hippie Death Cult - 111

This is a band I've kept my eye on for a while. Hippie Death Cult have quickly launched themselves from their Portland roots into being one of the most talked about bands in the underground stoner rock scene. Their sound is firmly rooted in classic stoner rock tropes, but isn't afraid to show that they have more modern influences as well. The psyched out vibes that soak through their music are delectable and point towards a potent future for the band. Suffice it to say - their label Cursed Tongue has picked a good one!

With quality production, the tightest songs on 111 are something to be reckoned with. The band comes out with a real sense of swagger and it's easy to see why so many people are digging them. While they do lose me a bit with their longer offerings, they aren't as much of a slog as many of their peers who attempt to write longer songs. 111 is masterful through and through with identifiable hooks and exciting sonic crescendos. The simple poetry of these tracks will keep any fan of the genre engaged. I also like that the band lean a little more into politics than many of their peers - it's a nifty twist in the myth.

111 is the sort of statement that I think many bands wish they could unleash as an opening salvo. It's heavy, in your face and very aware of what it wants to be. Hippie Death Cult have long made sure that they were separate from the pack, and their dedication to quality shines through on this record. While I would like to hear some sharper guitar tones and miss the longer tracks, this is remains one of the more promising debuts of 2019. A band who nicely fuse a few generations of stoner rock, it's hard to put this one down!

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