From: CA, United States
Genre: Dance/Electronica, IDM, Industrial
Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Crown may be the debut album by Hamlet Minassians, but let it be known that he is not a newcomer to the electronic music scene. He has been producing music for many years under various pseudonyms such as dbas(s)ed or as half of Radio Jizz (other half is Edgar Lopez of Decoding Jesus). But now is the time he chose to release his first concept album under his namesake.
Imagine if an early 90’s Future Sound of London had a love affair with the Knife yet lusted after Coil and grew up on equal parts Prince, Vangelis, Aphex Twin and Autechre. Eclectic? Perhaps. Inspiration sees no boundaries. One can’t help but notice a very cinematic experience omnipresent throughout the album that Hamlet attributes to his love of film scores.
Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Crown delivers a conceptual and hallucinatory journey through manipulated electronic soundscapes and stripped down textures rich with emotional impact. At its core HITHTWTC explores a tale of power, hope, destruction, despair, acceptance and finally redemption. Ultimately making a very pertinent statement in a world where the concept album seems to be headed for extinction.