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The Killin Kings
Angelic Visions of Confusion EP

To anyone who’s going to listen to this CD, I have to insist that you disregard completely the first 15 seconds of first song ‘Slave’ – it’s a terrible intro that just doesn’t work on any level and the band would be doing themselves a favour if they got rid of it. It’s a shame, because it sets the wrong tone for the song that comes after. Don’t get me wrong, the song itself isn’t great, but it is not as bad as you would think.

There is a curious phenomenon in music, when songs can be well written, well executed and well produced, but yet there’s still something missing. It can work the other way round too – look at the Misfits. Unfortunately for the Killin Kings, there is something about their music that leaves me feeling cold. There’s no feeling, no real connection to anything and, despite aspects of the songs that are technically good, no part of the CD makes me want to listen to it again. There is a certain dreariness in the vocals, a certain pessimism in the music that sits uncomfortably with me, and it’s not a pleasant feeling.

None of the songs on this EP are what you’d call bad. However, the very tone of the songs is the audio equivalent of sticky – its unpleasant and you want to wash it off straight away. It’s a shame, as the band is not an untalented one. They just need to find a happy place, or even a dark place, and work from there, instead of the purgatory that their music seems to come from at the moment.

Guest article from Heather P.

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