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When Goodbye Means Forever

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Review

Following in the footsteps of Killswitch Engage, Age of Ruin, and God Forbid, to name but a few, Adelaide, Australia's cleverly named I Killed the Prom Queen represent the new wave of post-nu-metal bands pursuing a hybridization of hardcore aggression and social awareness with death metal's speed and daunting technical execution. Straightforward song structures and pervasive melodies are also a crucial part of the equation espoused by their debut, 2004's When Goodbye Means Forever, and initial offerings like the title track and "To Kill Tomorrow" prove that I Killed the Prom Queen are very adept at mining this winning formula -- despite their short time together. However, because of their over-reliance on hard/soft dynamics (also including alternating slashed-throat screams and recitative vocals), "Upon a River's Sky" and "Forgiveness Is Murder" are often as derivative as they are compelling, and their similarity to the aforementioned Killswitch Engage will have to be judged as buzzkill or superlative on a listener-by-listener basis (it all depends on your interest in this burgeoning style). On the other hand, psychically tortured standout tracks "Pointed at My Heart," "Portraits Dreams & Memories," and particularly "Death Certificate for a Beauty Queen" come off less indebted to the band's peers. Furthermore, they help highlight the group's facility for melding disparate moods and sonic styles, while revealing a deep-seated hatred for girls who wouldn't sleep with them in high school! Whatever gets you motivated, right? And, if nothing else, When Goodbye Means Forever is filled with abundant latent promise. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Intro I Killed the Prom Queen 3:59
  3. 2 When Goodbye Means Forever I Killed the Prom Queen 3:57
  4. 3 To Kill Tomorrow I Killed the Prom Queen 3:35
  5. 4 Upon a Rivers Sky I Killed the Prom Queen 4:17
  6. 5 Pointed to My Heart I Killed the Prom Queen 3:43
  7. 6 Death Certificate for a Beauty Queen I Killed the Prom Queen 4:53
  8. 7 Roses, Post Cards & Machine Gun Kisses I Killed the Prom Queen 4:24
  9. 8 Forgiveness Is Murder I Killed the Prom Queen 4:15
  10. 9 Portraits Dreams & Memories I Killed the Prom Queen 3:49
  11. 10 Are You Playing Dead I Killed the Prom Queen 4:23
  12. 11 My Best Wishes I Killed the Prom Queen 3:59

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