My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
Spooky Tricks


3.7
great

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
May 6th, 2014 | 26 replies | 5,255 views


Release Date: 05/06/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stepping out of the darkness

Several famous industrial bands of the late 80s have released some of their best records in quite a while lately. Skinny Puppy's Weapon or Front Line Assembly's Echogenetic are a couple of examples that have plenty to offer, thus enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Hell, even Ministry's From Beer To Eternity ended up better than anyone expected and Jourgensen went out on a higher note than predicted. Of all, there was one more group that was really quiet and secretive until now. My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult have always moved at their own wobbly pace and it's not the first time they disappeared for half a decade. After working on a multitude of side projects (that include Groovie Mann's Darling Kandie or The Kathastrophe Klown with drummer Justin Bennett plus Buzz McCoy produced the Bomb Gang Girlz debut LP) the duo finally announced the latest sleaze kollection, Spooky Tricks.

While predecessor Death Threat marked a return to the heavier and occult-themed satire beginnings, the guys once more turned 180 degrees and opted for a dance floor ready effort this time. Gone are the metallic guitars and creepy atmosphere, leaving you to experience what sounds like a night out with the band, hanging from the finest clubs seducing gorgeous women, to the dirtiest back alleys looking for a fix and sex crazed hookers for drug-fueled orgies. The kool, lustful opener 'Room On The Moon' sets the mood perfectly with heavy beats that blend the old school synths with modern production. Moreover, the straightforward message in the sparse lyrics 'if I give you some money, will you come to my room?' is classic TKK. Fortunately, the band found a way to integrate their trademark sound into the constant sound upgrade and have avoided becoming obsolete. This way, they fit now as much as they did back in 1990 and any long time fan can appreciate the latest works.

The party gets going with the gritty title track which might be the best cut here. The neat bass line, techno synths and bells-like keys are backed up by Groovy's deep croon, creating a mysterious yet fun atmosphere. However, the setting soon lightens up with 'Neon Diva', 'Hell Kat Klub', 'Bella Piranha' or 'Dope Freek', which are genuine ravers TKK have become renowned for. The lyric contribution is often kept to a minimum, relying more on the music and occasionally movie samples. On the classier side, 'Monti Karlo' and 'Diamonde Doll' could be part of a James Bond movie soundtrack. The former comes off as a theme song boasting some thrilling horn sections and gang vocals that could be ripped off Hit & Run Holiday, while the latter is a slow jam fitting a summer pool party with its deep bass, handclaps and shiny keys.

The only flaw I could find about Spooky Tricks is the overall lighter route they have taken. As I am a fan of the darker side of The Thrill Kill Kult I can't help but wish they inserted some of the kitsch occult themes and some distorted guitars a la 13 Above The Night or Death Threat. There are some scattered moments like 'The Way We Live Now' or 'The Strange Ones' that remind they can't fully abandon their roots, but these are dominated by the disco tunes (still, ones that you'll hear in goth/industrial clubs and not trance parties). Nevertheless, this doesn't actually drag the album down as the band has always juggled with these aspects and I am sure this is only a phase they are stepping through.

In the end, Spooky Tricks is another welcomed addition to the vast catalog TKK have behind them. Although this comes off closer to the bouncy euro-disco that was Gay, Black & Married, is as fun as anything they have put out and shares their trademarks. At this point they can do no wrong as they continue to refine their sound and maintain the high standards with each new release. So, in hope there won't be another five-year wait until the next offering, everyone should check out the record and party on.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2014



3335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

As there isn't an official stream and the two tracks available can't be embedded to add them into the review, here are the links to them:

The Way We Live Now - http://loudwire.com/my-life-with-the-thrill-kill-kult-the-way-we-live-now-exclusive-song-premiere/
Hell Kat Klub - http://www.youredm.com/2014/04/29/your-edm-premiere-thrillkillkult-hell-kat-klub/

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laughingman22
May 6th 2014



1360 Comments


good review, I really enjoyed the new track I heard

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2014



3335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Thanks. Too bad this isn't streaming, the title track is so good!!

spookynewghostfriend
May 6th 2014



3297 Comments


:^)

Jom
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2014



2634 Comments


I embedded a song from the album for you. I tried getting the title track, but no avail, sorry! Where
possible, I try to get a streamable song for people to check out without having to move tabs too much.
Solid review to boot.

MyLittlePenis
May 6th 2014



710 Comments


TKK never disappoints, so excited to hear this and see them this summer

Kris.
May 6th 2014



12152 Comments


is this a psychopathic records release

MyLittlePenis
May 6th 2014



710 Comments


no

ShitsofRain
May 6th 2014



5598 Comments


i like their artwork

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TheGreatQ
May 6th 2014



1273 Comments


I was sure Spooky would have this 5'd

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Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2014



1871 Comments


only heard the song they did on The Crow soundtrack, was never hugely impressed with them.

G00d rev tho

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2014



3335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Thanks Jom!!

Thanks Arcade. You should check out 13 Above The Night. It's their best stuff IMO.



Koffiiing
May 7th 2014



1052 Comments


i thought this was some spaceghostpurrp type of shit when i saw the cover

yourgodisinferior
May 7th 2014



707 Comments


gotta check this out.. was really into binging on this band years back

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2014



3335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

this is as good as they have always been

MyLittlePenis
May 7th 2014



710 Comments


shit yeah it is, never disappoint

Dunwich
May 8th 2014



468 Comments


I'll just judge this by its cover and assume it's shite.

MyLittlePenis
May 8th 2014



710 Comments


wrong but thanks for ur input

laughingman22
May 8th 2014



1360 Comments


I should probably get this

LightAndTheGlass
May 9th 2014



11 Comments


I might get this but their previous records haven't done much for me at all


Hit and Run Holiday is probably my one and only favorite tbh



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