There is a moment half way through Beloved where I thought I’d made a mistake and accidentally put on shuffle. As “Kjaerlighet” slowly creeps in those not paying attention might believe that “Last Serenade” was preparing to blast through their speakers. It’s become a cliché to say that all metalcore takes it core roots from Killswitch Engage and most bands are just repeating what’s been done before, but sometimes it’s so incredibly obvious you just can’t ignore it.
I Killed The Prom Queen are one of those bands that a lot of people probably listened to when they were teenagers. Well they’re back with their first studio album in eight years and for those that loved these Australian metalcore merchants the first time around be prepared to get excited. Because you see while music has changed, with metalcore having become an incredibly oversaturated genre where only the very best survive, I Killed the Prom Queen haven’t. They’re still plowing on with the music they were making eight years ago and as the breakdown heavy strains of tracks like “Calvert Street” work their way into your head, your reminded that they weren’t even at the top of the game back then, never mind now.
This is metalcore as we’ve all heard it a million times before, there’s nothing new and there’s nothing inventive. However, within all this criticism it’s got to be said this album isn’t actually that bad. Tracks like “Bright Enough” and “No One Will Save Us” are big enough that you’ll find yourself singing along and if they ever do come up on shuffle you probably won’t skip them. So while no one but the biggest I Killed The Prom Queen fan really needs this album in their life, those of you who do end up with a copy probably won’t regret too much.
For Fans Of: Killswitch Engage
Choice Cuts: “To The Wolves”, “No One Will Save Us”