Sleepless Nights And City Lights Review

artist: I Killed the Prom Queen date: 04/28/2009 category: dvd

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I Killed the Prom Queen: Sleepless Nights And City Lights
Release Date: 22 November 2008
This is I Killed The Prom Queen's first DVD, even though the band has already broken up. The live portion is taken from the "Say Goodbye" tour Adelaide concert.
 Sound: 7.5
 Content: 7.5
 Production Quality: 6.5
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 8.3
Sleepless Nights And City Lights Reviewed by: Perpetual Burn, on april 28, 2009
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: I Killed The Prom Queen's music is borrows many elements from the forefathers of melodic death metal and adds a touch of melody with clean singing. This live DVD was made after their most successful album (Music for the Recently Deceased) was released. Similar to Swedish melodic death metal godfathers At The Gates, Prom Queen would disband soon after their 'best' album was released. Prom Queen's vocalist Ed Butcher would depart back to his homeland in England. Prom Queen went through a cycle of singers before finally deciding that it was time to call it quits. Guitarist Jona Weinhofen joined US metalcore band Bleeding Through and drummer JJ Peters started his own solo act named Deez Nuts. Luckily, Prom Queen decided to arrange a final farewell tour in Australia and mark my words, they do not disappoint. They hire their original vocalist Michael Crafter who screamed on their debut album for the farewell tour. Although Michael Crafter arguably lacks the vocal intensity of Ed Butche, he makes up for it with his incredible stage presence. However, it can be noted that Crafter's hardcore screaming sounds somewhat muffled and Jona's clean singing is off tune sometimes. The guitars crunch through nicely and the drumming by JJ Peters is fantastic. The band manages to keep their sound extremely tight and focused. Both Prom Queen's energetic live shows as well as their rise and fall are documented well in this DVD. // 8

Content: Sleepless Nights and City Lights is a live compilation album The DVD starts off with a bang with the dissonant intro to 'When Goodbye Means Forever' and the title is taken quite literally with Prom Quee. Michael Crafter gets the hometown crowd pumped easily by saying "Adelaide, what the f--k is up?" followed by "Lets see this whole f--king place jumping" and the crowd obeys. The set list does not disappoint with good songs spanning from both albums such as 'Upon a Rivers Sky' and 'Say Goodbye.' Some decent tracks such as 'Portraits, Dreams, and Memories' are notably absent though. It also includes in depth interviews with each member discussing their career and break up. Most interesting to note is how bassist Sean Kennedy originally befriended Jona as a fan and would eventually playing bass for his favorite band. Band tension with singer Michael Crafter is also mentioned and it is nice to see that initial shortcomings have cleared. I was not altogether pleased at the origins of the band name as Crafter stated 'oh that one will do, it's kinda emo.' The band does present a rather biased view on ex vocalist Ed Butcher as Crafter repeatedly criticizes Butcher's personality. The band are still very much in touch with their fanbase as shown through signing sessions. Last but not least are funny episodes involving the band's merchandise man and the joys of alcohol all caught on tape. I Killed The Prom Queen are indeed a band that likes to have fun. // 8

Production Quality: The vocals are not clear enough as previously mentioned and that is the main fault. Though this could be a fault with Crafter's delivery. The camera work is good as it shows each exciting feature of the concert. From crowd surfing to fights, not a breathtaking moment is missed. The angles are done quite nicely but the DVD is definitely not the most state of the art live concert DVD you can buy. // 7

Overall Impression: The impression I Killed The Prom Queen gives in this DVD makes you wonder why any band like this would call it a day. They are simply mesmerizing. Band members take several stage dives and the guitarists head bang fiercely and pull off amazing stage moves. They come across the screen as nice and sincere people and it is truly a shame that the band is over. Interesting Highlights included the crowd chanting "Prom Queen, Prom Queen" and the fights that break out between security and the audience. There is nothing I personally dislike about the DVD except might have been better to have Ed Butcher on vocals. This DVD is a must buy for any fan of I Killed The Prom Queen or Aussie hardcore in general. I Killed The Prom Queen truly deliver in this glorious farewell tour. // 10

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overall: 7
Sleepless Nights And City Lights Reviewed by: Revenger#11, on december 12, 2008
1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sound: This is I Killed The Prom Queen's first DVD, even though the band has already broken up. The live portion is taken from the "Say Goodbye" tour Adelaide concert. The concert features Michael Crafter on vocals and he does a good job but some of the newer songs lack the intensity found on the studio recordings with Ed Butcher ( former vocalist). Between songs there are interviews with the band about the rise and fall of IKTPQ and the problems they had (I.e Finding new vocalists. The guitarist, drums and to a lesser extent bass sound great during the live performance with hardly any major mess-ups to speak of. // 7

Content: As well as the DVD, there is a bonus CD which is a live set list from the Melbourne concert. Again, it sounds pretty good but sometimes the vocals are drowned out. The DVD features songs the span from the bands first EP to their last studio album. So does the bonus CD. There is not much bonus features on this disk besides a few promo videos and extra interviews. // 7

Production Quality: Production is decent for the DVD. The usual multiple camera work is done well. There are some good close in's on Jona and JJ Peters as they are playing solos/ quick beats and riffs. The CD is decent but you can't hear the riffs very clearly and the vocals are sometimes drowned out but it is a LIVE DVD so it was expected. // 6

Overall Impression: I bought this because I Killed The Prom Queen were one of my favorite hardcore units. The LIVE show is immense because the energy is phenomenal. The guitarists put on a show like you wouldn't believe and that includes stage dives. Two songs on the live DVD are stopped ( Bet It All On Black, Death Certificate For A Beauty Queen) because security keep trying to beat up members of the crowd. Overall, if you are a fan of I Killed The Prom Queen or the Metalcore/ Hardcore wave of music you should pick this up. R.I.P IKTPQ // 8

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