I Killed The Prom Queen: Beloved

Aussie metalcore crew return to the source

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Eight years after Music For The Recently Deceased, I Killed The Prom Queen make their return proper with a new(ish) singer and what is their finest work to date. Guitarist Jona Weinhofen has come up with some of the most scorching, Sweden-indebted metalcore anthems you’re likely to hear in 2014.

Yes, much of IKTPQ’s repertoire is still shamelessly plundered from material the likes of Dark Tranquillity were messing about with over a decade ago, and Beloved is not a perfect triumph – Jona’s backing vocals aren’t always convincing given how effortlessly Jamie Hope has slid into the frontman role – but there’s a step up in terms of songwriting and production that’s given the band a new lease of life.

The likes of Thirty One & Sevens and Melinor sound like Amon Amarth injected with 21st-century breakdowns, while Calvert Street is a refreshing mash-up of Soilwork’s Chainheart Machine and Natural Born Chaos eras.

The influences are familiar, but this is an affirmation that IKTPQ have come back frighteningly strong.

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He is also probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.