I started off wanting to hate I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN. The really long band name and its pretentious nature made it sound like they were some artsy Pop-Punk band with some pseudo-heaviness injected to give them some underground credibility, but I’ve been wrong about stuff like this before, so I listened with open ears.
The opener “Sharks In Your Mouth” starts things off with melodic guitars and a Thrashy drum beat, so my presumptions were blown clear out of the water. The opening track had some BALLS to it, plus I was able to enjoy it for the long while. Yea, it’s a bit “trendy”, but it was aurally pleasing, so who was I to argue?
As the record went on, however, I enjoyed myself less and less, as the songs became less distinguishable amongst themselves, and among those of other bands of this style. It became tedious, and because everything seemingly bled together, it felt like listening to one long song, and due to the length, it became boring very fast. For some strange reason, time seems to slow down when I listen to this record. More than once it seemed like I’d been listening to this for an hour, but only three songs had passed.
I know my main problem with this record: It sounds like all the other bands of this genre (Metalcore). It’s pretty good in and of itself, but considering there are HUNDREDS of bands that are trying to jump on the Metalcore bandwagon, almost all sounding similar to I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN and each other, the whole lot of these bands will be lost in the shuffle and they will turn into nothing more than a footnote within a decade, unless they make an effort to stand out.
As it stands, not recommended.
(Online February 5, 2007)