Confessions of a Knife- My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 8.5/10

I had the pleasure of seeing this illustrious band this past weekend and they put on one of the most entertaining, crazy, and hot shows I’ve ever seen. That being said, it’s only natural that I’d be in the mood for some more TKK. This is their second studio album and it follows the themes and sounds found on their debut. The songs sound creepy, feature lots of samples from old movies, and have killer bass riffs to keep you moving for days.

The album opens with the drug fueled track “A Daisy Chain for Satan.” Just from the title alone you can see their continuation of their devil inspired theme. But the song seems to deal with drug trips good and bad, rather than the dark lord himself. The low funky bass line, creepy samples that talk about acid freak outs, and the howl singer Groovie Mann lets out at the beginning set the creepy tone for the song. The creepiness continues with “The Days of Swine and Roses.” This song has another killer bass groove along with space sounds that could be from a sci-fi movie. It also has this cool stark rhythm that sounds like something you would hear in a horror movie. And when the Bomb Gang Girlz sing “Christian zombie vampires” you can’t help but sing along.

Just as with the first album, all the songs here are awesome. “Hand in Hand” has this industrial groove vibe with vocals that sound like they’re from Hell. They way they’re distorted sounds like they were recorded backwards and then played again forwards to achieve the disturbing effect. What’s cool about the song is that it’ll just stop several times, making you think it’s over before starting up again. It keeps you in anticipation because you don’t know what’s going to happen next. Things get funky with the track “Waiting For Mommie.” Again, it’s the bass riff that gives this song its funk influence. It also has weird samples that sound like they’re coming from the munchkins from The Wizard of Oz. I love the vocals here because they sound naughty, yet condescending at the same time, which fits the mood of the song.

The best track here has to be their hit “Kooler than Jesus.” The music here is kind of hard to describe, but it has this industrial, funk groove going on. It’s just awesome. It’s something that when it comes on people go nuts and start dancing like they’re the only person in the room. The song is amazing because it’s mostly comprised of samples for the lyrics. The only time the band comes in for vocals is for the chorus of “kooler than Jesus.” But they way the samples are spliced together and placed with the music makes the song out of this world. It’s truly something you have to hear in order to understand what’s so amazing about it.

Though the band mainly sticks with the industrial and rock sound found on their first album, here they begin to include other styles as well. There are some songs here like “Waiting for Mommie” that are inspired by funk music. There may be elements of rock in them, but they are funk all the way. You can also find traces of electronic music in “Ride the Mindway,” that seems to take a cue from techno music. Though these styles aren’t featured extensively on the album, it shows the type of music they would experiment with later in their career.

Overall, the album gets 8.5/10. This album has some of the band’s most popular songs to this day and though it mainly continues the sound found on their debut, they make the record stand out by including different styles of music in their songs. The songs are creepy, groovy, cool, and funky. This album shows that Thrill Kill Kult is the probably the best at incorporating samples in their songs to make them into something totally different.

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