The Great Dictators – “Riot on a Diet”


Following superb tracks like “Killing Fields” and “Play Dead Together,” Copenhagen-based rock trio The Great Dictators have released their new album, One Eye Opener. The album is a striking success in creative, atmospheric rock. The highlights are abound; the spaciously haunting envelopment of “By the Throat” (featuring Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart) is gripping, as is the evolutionary power of opener “Moon Howling at Earth,” which swells from quaint beginnings to beautifully twangy expansion. Another highlight is “Riot on a Diet,” whose lyric video is featured above. Aesthetically, it reminds me of Arcade Fire in more recent years, especially as the clanging guitar hits during the riveting chorus.

Stream the album, already one of 2020’s finest, in full below, and buy it on Bandcamp here:

“Riot on a Diet” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of April 2020’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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