Hollywood Burns – Invaders

Rating: 3/5

Distributor/label URL:  Blood Music / http://www.blood-music.com/

Released: 2018

Buy Album [URL]: https://www.blood-music.com/store-eu/82-hollywood-burns

Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodburnsmusic

Band line-up:

All music produced, composed and mixed by Emeric “Hollywood Burns” Levardon
Additional guitar parts and solo on Track 02 & 04 by Olivier Marechal.
Drum arrangements and performance on Track 04 & 05 by Rémi Meilley.
Vocals and lyrics on Track 10 by Florent Gerbault (NORD).

Tracklisting:

1. Opening Titles 01:16
2. Black Saucers 03:24
3. Scherzo No. 5 in Death Minor 04:46
4. Carnal Encounters of the Third Kind 04:24
5. Girls with Guns 03:33
6. L’Era delle Ceneri 05:24
7. Bazaar of the Damned 04:47
8. Came to Annihilate 06:24
9. Revenge of the Black Saucers 05:44
10. Survivors 04:47
11. Closing Titles (bonus track) 05:17

Review:

Being hyped as “perhaps one of the best electronic debut albums of all-time,” this has a lot to live up to. This album has a mix of 1950s radio dramas, classic sci-fi films with ’80s electro, ’70s funk, disco, and wrapping it up into orchestral arrangements.

While loving synth music, I am not a fan of soundtracks, and this sounds like a soundtrack to at least ten different movies, since every song has its own feel and mood. While being interesting and well played, nothing here grabbed me as being something that I would ever play again. I can hear his talent and admire the technological skill, this just leaves me cold and indifferent. “Bazaar of the Damned” was one track that did stand out from the others, with its driving beat and fast pace.

Lots to admire, but nothing to make me want to do this again. If you are looking for someone to do a soundtrack for you, this is the person to go to.

Review by:

Rick Ecker

 

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