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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the London-based quintet features songs about masculinity, repression, violence, and western capitalism.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
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  1. Feb 7, 2020
    100
    What we’ve got now is a world full of millennials that have grown up to make art about these injustices. HMLTD have done just that, focusing their trials and tribulations through a magnifying glass to burn us mere ants. And oh, how I love a bit of self-immolation.
  2. 90
    Committed to a style and substance that simultaneously looks to the past and future, the five-piece soundtrack their role as esoteric prophets of doom with a sonic credo that proves genuinely idiosyncratic in the current climate – sharp, wit-filled and uninhibited stuff.
  3. Mojo
    Feb 5, 2020
    80
    Packs intelligence, colour and melody. [Mar 2020, p.93]
  4. Feb 7, 2020
    80
    They have a default setting, which is a kind of arena goth (Death Drive is Suicide at stadium scale). But at its best, West of Eden is thrilling and unsettling.
  5. Uncut
    Feb 5, 2020
    70
    As a whole, West of Eden is extravagant and ridiculous, but it embraces its own erraticism. [Mar 2020, p.29]
  6. Feb 10, 2020
    50
    West of Eden is a flawed album, a patchy album, and an album with some really bad lyrics in it. But nonetheless a very fun record. It might lose its magic quickly, as most of the thrill comes from the band’s willingness to skip from genre to genre, but every so often you can forget the flaws and get lost in the many worlds it tries to create.
  7. Q Magazine
    Feb 5, 2020
    40
    Their debut's wilful eccentricity is mostly unconvincing. [Mar 2020, p.119]

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  1. Feb 10, 2020
    10
    Absolutely stunning. HMLTD are mixing musical genres with such an ease and the result is totally thrilling debut album. Lead singer has fineAbsolutely stunning. HMLTD are mixing musical genres with such an ease and the result is totally thrilling debut album. Lead singer has fine colourful voice, drums are inovating, but what makes West of Eden really special, are guitars. I hope HMLTD will get well deserved recognition for this album, nomination for the Mercury prize would be absolutely amazing. Keep going, lads!

    Best songs: LOADED, Mikey´s Song, Where´s Joanna?, Death Drive
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  2. Feb 8, 2020
    10
    Best album of 2020! They'll struggle to beat this again, easy 10/10! Fantastic lyricism, perfect writing, but the guitar players are easilyBest album of 2020! They'll struggle to beat this again, easy 10/10! Fantastic lyricism, perfect writing, but the guitar players are easily the best, especially James. Expand
  3. Feb 7, 2020
    8
    colourful, off control and generous. it's a pleasure listening to it, after all the patterned records that offerflow our favourite streamingcolourful, off control and generous. it's a pleasure listening to it, after all the patterned records that offerflow our favourite streaming services. but i must admit i have been expecting a bit too much of them, and didn't exactly get blasted. the best cuts, are those i have already delighted as they came out singles. death drive and Lula. the new songs, just don't deliver that hard. Expand
  4. Feb 9, 2020
    8
    Colorful electro-punk bangers infused with various western carnival-esque twangs here and there. There's so much raw energy exploding out ofColorful electro-punk bangers infused with various western carnival-esque twangs here and there. There's so much raw energy exploding out of this album, creative multifaceted songs and song topics. Every song has it's own unique and twisted story to tell. The project is one worth returning to and HMLTD is group worth paying attention to. Expand