Killing Miranda-Blessed Deviant
Blessed Deviant is the premier full release by England's underground sensation, Killing Miranda. The CD cover depicts a man in a crucified like pose, clothes ripped off and pants below the crotch level. This is only the beginning of a body of work that tackles all the taboo's of society. The group bills themselves as "Gothic with attitude," however their sound is more dark rock dance fusion to this reviewer. Lead singer Richard takes us on an odyssey of the decadent with smooth, seductive vocals to contrast the intensity behind the lyrical content and the band's concentrated and progressive sound. Killing Miranda does not hesitate to blend synth with live instruments and manages to join them flawlessly. It is essential to approach this work with a tongue in cheek attitude, as the more delicate sensibilities may be easily offended. This band is planning to tour the U.S. in the very near future, and I can foresee sell out venues because of the talent as well as the controversy the anal retentive right wing will unknowingly espouse upon their arrival.
H8Red slams us into wakefulness to sit up and pay attention to the music that follows. There is no pretty segue of an opening with this track. It rushes us headlong into an anthem of revenge, dancing on the razor's edge of anger and retaliation. "Persecution is an art form/ Oh I'll make you wish you'd never been born" is true to form with this track and it delivers this quite deftly.
Burn Sinister has been this band's dance floor rage in many of the more astute clubs who have a clue. We are actually dancing to a tune that blatantly depicts necrophilia. The song starts off with a humorous but thought provoking sound byte sample, and drums into an infectious dance groove that will not be ignored. Richard oozes inescapable sensuality while the electronics follow our seduction with spurting sounds effects that will deflower the most innocent ear.
Pray darkly begins with a repetitive soundbyte which carries us into an electronic backdrop. The vocals are more mechanized to emphasize a gravel-like intonation. Richard adroitly carries us on the wind of chorus which bemoans the hopelessness of escape from mind control due to electronic subliminal programming.
Kelly Told Me deals with sexual abuse of a minor. A very sensitive issue that is expertly handled with respect and the right modicum of anger. Despite the shock value of some of the other tracks, this one pushes the reality of an often ignored issue into the spotlight. Hopefully, this song will encourage those who have been victimized in the same vein to come forward and confront their abuser. This is a very danceable tune to a tragic slice of life.
The Game ventures into the realm of S&M. A highly intense dance cut reminiscent of early Euro-disco overlaid with fetish whip sound samples. The vocals anxiously take us on a venture into the dark side of sexual pleasure. Another sound byte repeatedly asks, " Are you really that weird?" to which a female answers seductively, " No I really like it."
Nailed opens in gentle orchestration which then kick starts into a thrusting power riff and rock dance cut. The lyrics are sung with some affected compression. The song incorporates just enough ambiguity to allow for one's own interpretation. This could be a song about an aborted fetus, a Siamese twin, as well as a jilted lover.
Veil of Seduction is another veneration towards fetish sex play and S&M. This track liltingly opens with a steady beat and descends into darker tones via lyrical content.
Whipping Boy opens with sound effects and vocal dialogue of a futuristic realm that demand the destruction of an incurable sexual deviant. Great guitar work weaves deftly between the dialogue. We are then treated to a testament of the abject pleasure of a masochist.
Blackeyed becomes a hybrid of electronic and guitar work. It is an unwavering vision, leading us into opening our eyes upon a devastated world left to rot through pollution, disease and the eradication of our natural resources. This song vocally borders on punk rock and deals with serious consequences that face us as a planet.
Send In The Clowns grinds to a harder edge, lambasting the leaders of the world who laugh at a dying world. These are the elected leaders who have lied and deceived the public. The vocals are somewhat like an insane clown who snapped at one devastation too many.
The Ballad of Torrens Street is a dark pop electro feast that is "dedicated to the blessed deviants of the Slimelight." It is a tune dealing with meeting someone dazzling but being rebuffed at the mention of going home with them. One is left among the vestiges of the children of the night on Torrens Street.
Touched By Jesus is not a call to religious fervor. In fact, we are led through a snapshot of one who previously clutched tightly to said beliefs, who now "loves her heresy." It weaves "spooky" Gothic elements in yet another aptly created dance synth pop sound.
Killing Miranda has great appeal to many due to the nature of ingeniously crafting music from every genre. Despite the need for comparisons to bands from Duran Duran, Type O Negative, Paradise Lost and many others, this band stands apart from all of them to have their own unique sound and flavor. The majority of the tracks are definitely appealing for club use. The lyrics at times are brash realities of what we must focus on or forever be deluded into a world covered in rose colored glass sentimentality. The world is not a safe haven, and maybe it never was. Killing Miranda compels us to take stock in this vision and possibly do something about some of the social issues. They also shed light on contents prevalent to pain, pleasure and at times degradation. Although S&M may not be everyone's mode of pleasure, they unveil this taboo while bringing forth that what one chooses to do with their life is far more commendable than what someone imposes upon us against our will. This is a generous premier outing by this band and I can only look forward to more great music from this band.