Release Date: Feb 18, 2014
Record label: Epitaph
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, Screamo, Metalcore
"‘Beloved’ is both a reincarnation of old and a lesson in modern metalcore..." Finally marking their reformation with the long awaited third album, Australia’s I Killed The Prom Queen have followed on from 2006’s ‘Music For The Recently Deceased’ without the near-eight-year gap or line-up changes having any detrimental effect on their identity. While tracks like ‘To The Wolves’ and ‘Thirty One & Sevens’ carry the signature Prom Queen blend of melodic shredding and aggressive beatdowns that arguably influenced a vast swarm of today’s scene, ‘Beloved’ is both a reincarnation of old and a lesson in modern metalcore that makes IKTPQ the oldest newcomers to stake their claim for 2014. .
In 2007, with two members out of the band, I Killed the Prom Queen did something that few metalcore bands seem willing to do: they broke up, opting to call it quits in lieu of having the kind of revolving-door membership that plagues so many touring bands. Now, seven years later, the band makes its return with Beloved, an album that finds the Australian metalcore outfit refreshed and revitalized. While trends might have changed since their departure, with electronic and EDM influences seeming to creep into the sound of more and more metalcore bands, I Killed the Prom Queen opt to stick with the melodic metalcore sound of their earlier work, and the choice is one that works for the band.