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I Killed The Prom Queen - Sleepless Nights And City Lights (4/10) - Australia - 2009

Genre: Metalcore
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 52:16
Band homepage: I Killed The Prom Queen

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. When Goodbye Means Forever
  3. «666
  4. Homicide Documentaries
  5. Choose To Love, Live, Or Die
  6. Your Shirt Would Look Better With A Columbian Neck-Tie
  7. Upon A Rivers Sky
  8. Bet It All On Black
  9. Never Never Land
  10. My Best Wishes           
  11. To Kill Tomorrow
  12. Say Goodbye
  13. Death Certificate For A Beauty Queen
  14. Sharks In Your Mouth
I Killed The Prom Queen - Sleepless Nights And City Lights

I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN officially announced their break up two years ago (April 2007), probably due to them getting sick of replacing band members (according to Wikipedia, they couldnít find a new singer and guitar player around that time). Anyway, a year after the break-up, they got back together for one final tour, and ďSleepless Nights and City LightsĒ is the live recording of the show, in IKTPQís home town of Adelaide, Australia.

Before I begin, I have say that Iím fundamentally biased against live albums by bands that donít have at least 5 studio records to their name. Itís a pet peeve of mine. When a relatively new band decides to release a live album, it makes me wonder whether or not itís a cash grab. I also hate Metalcore for the most part, so take this review with a massive pile of salt.

Being a live album, there are two things that must be considered. The songs played, and their performance. This sounds like run of the mill Metalcore with very predictable riffs, song structures, breakdowns, etc, so generally speaking, this appeals to me as much as unanesthetised surgery. I canít really comment on what songs they should have picked over others because I donít really know the band (nor do I care), but as a whole, the album sounds pretty similar and when youíve heard one IKTPQ song, youíve heard them all.

I have to mention the performance, though...There are times, where the playing is SLOPPY as hell, Iím not talking about a musician making a small mistake like hitting the wrong note. Iím talking about an entire riff being played slightly off time with the drums, and being played extremely muddily. This doesnít set good precedent for the album, especially since the first occurrence of poor playing happens in the first song. There are more instances where the music degenerates into a smorgasbord of bad playing, and to be honest, I find it inexcusable. There are also some slight problems with the mix, where sometimes one guitar is drastically lower than the other, and it hurts the performance that IKTPQ is supposed to be showcasing.

I guess the bandís heart was in the right place in releasing this record and saying goodbye to their fans, but I never cared for IKTPQ as I found them interchangeable with nearly every band in their genre of music, but I have to mention how bad the musiciansí playing is at some points on the record.

I never found IKTPQ to be any good, and this didn't change my mind.

(Online May 12, 2009)

Armen Janjanian



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