December 7, 2006

 Navigation

   Home Page

 News & Features

   News

 Columns & Opinions

   Publisher's Note

   Boomers

   Pinings

   Longshots

   Techie

 Pop Culture

   Film

   TV

   Books
   Video Games
   CD Reviews

 Living

   Food

   Wine

   Beer
   Grazing Guide

 Music

   Articles

   Music Roundup

   Live Music/DJs

   MP3 & Podcasts

   Bandmates

 Arts

   Theater

   Art

 Find A Hippo

   Manchester

   Nashua

 Classifieds

   View Classified Ads

   Place a Classified Ad

 Advertising

   Advertising

   Rates

 Contact Us

   Hippo Staff

   How to Reach The Hippo

 Past Issues

   Browse by Cover


I Killed the Prom Queen, Music For the Recently Deceased
Stomp/Metal Blade, 2006

While American kiddies remain busily occupied stress-testing their neck-bolts to those wacky guitar-solo-less Papa Roach dudes, the rest of the planet is actively encouraging the direction In Flames done took, in this album's case anointing it with the #1 position in the Australian indie charts. IKTPQ's sound meets federal mosh guidelines but is quite well-behaved when compared to the Overkills and such of old, let alone today's bottomless pit of Mastodon Mini-Mes; it's somehow more catchy than your basic Black Dahlia Murder without drowning itself in emo. In fact, what's needed here is a subgenre category on which they could hang their hats, since the de facto “post-metalcore” could mean anything from Avenged Sevenfold to this month's Red Scare clone. Such a term would require a phonetic “emo” at the end since it denotes music that's dozens of hooky refrains short of a Taking Back Sunday, but way too Taking Back Sunday for misogynistic pancake-makeup Satanoids. How about “fleamo” to mark the scruffy Cujo-barking lead vocals without ignoring the Styx-ness of the backing gimp-choir? C+

— Eric W. Saeger