Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
When reviewing - know your facts!
ColonTheBarber | Worthing..Uk | 01/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A great album with many memories. Kirk's powerful voice and emotion stand out even against today's wannabees. Naive in places?..maybe - perhaps you just had to be there. A good buy for anyone wanting to cherish their original vinyl copy. For the more casual collector wishing to add the spirit of early 80s punk to their colelction more comprehensive TOH 'collection' albums exist, although this CD does contain additional tracks over the vinyl
One thing I must comment on is a previous review stating that TOH are basically a Southern Death Cult rip-off! Pretty amusing when you consider that TOH's initial output predates SDC's and that an original member of TOH left to join SDC :0) Who sounds like who?...er!"
Solid post-punk sound from a controversial group
LoneR(firstname.lastname@example.org) | Athens, Greece | 11/24/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Very interesting listening and not only for the Gothic die-hards (although for me they are only post-punk). Some pieces seem pompuous and even naive, but the whole picture is very original . Apart from its (now irrelevant) political overtones, this record still is a good choice and, of course, a must-have for all fans of the period."
Christopher Provencal | Ontario, Canada | 09/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Theatre Of Hate is an amazing band with a unique sound. The music can be compared to some of the goth rock of this and later times, but Kirk Brandon's uncontrolled voice make this some kind of punk / post-punk / goth mix.
A previous reviewer saying this is some SDC knock-off, which is completely off-base considering this came before. The sound is basically an evolution of Kirk Brandon's 1978 punk band "The Pack". Perhaps inspired by the likes of Public Image Ltd, Brandon took his voice to a whole other level with some Richard Wagner-like energy. If you're into post-punk then you'll probably appreciate Brandon's voice, but otherwise you may find it annoying.
If you're new to ToH, you might want to consider the best of album "The Best of Theatre of Hate" (Recall Records UK) as it contains a lot more tracks and has some better recordings than the Westworld album. This is a great album none-the-less and a must for any ToH fan.
You may also want to consider the live albums, as they are truly superior to any studio recording in terms of capturing the raw punk energy of ToH. For example "Retribution Over Thee: The Live Anthology" contains two concerts and completely blows away this album (imho).