WORDS BY: JEANETTE LEBLANC
RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 18TH, 2014 via EPITAPH RECORDS
Oh Australia… What the hell are you doing over there that continues to inspire and create sheer-raw and amazing heavy music? Australian hardcore really needs it’s own category because bands like Parkway Drive, Northlane, Airbourne and I Killed The Prom Queen really separate themselves from the rest of the world.
I Killed The Prom Queen are back, and this time stronger than ever.With it being almost 10 years since their last release Music For The Recently Deceased in 2006, the band has made some serious and awesome changes to their line-up. Founding member, Jona Weinhofen (Bleeding Through, Bring Me The Horizon) welcomed vocalist Jamie Hope (Red Shore), Shane O’Brien (Deez Nuts) on drums, Kevin Cameron on guitar and Benjamin Coyte on bass; together forming a powerful group and much anticipated release with Beloved.
IKTPQ entered Fredrik Nordstrom’s studio in 2013 with an open mind and taste for more. With Nordstrom’s previous experience with bands like Bring Me The Horizon, At The Gates, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir and Architects– it came as no surprise to hear the unique and heavy production this release has to offer.
“Beginning of the End” starts off with a slow and mellow build that hypes into tearing-rough vocals; that blend into heavy hitting chords and harmonies, taking you right through to “To The Wolves”. By this point your head is moving and your blood is pumping faster than it was 2 minutes ago.
Songs like “Melior”, “Kjaerlighten” and “Brevity” stand out as they grab your attention by incorporating violins and mellow tones that manage to calm things down and help build up anticipation at the same time.
While listening to Beloved, some familiar and well-known voices jump out at you as they lend their vocals, you can hear Bjorn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork) in “Calvert Street” and Jonathon Vigil (The Ghost Inside) in “No One Will Save Us”. Both of these guys offer a great sound and spin to these tracks.
Beloved proves that I Killed The Prom Queen are unstoppable in their 13th year as a band. They will definitely be stealing audiences over in their upcoming “Take Action” tour with The Devil Wears Prada, The Ghost Inside, and Dangerkids. With an album like this, I’m sure Toronto will see them soon enough.