Psycho Kiss, with their style of Classic Rock comparable to the likes of Whitesnake, have already become fan favourites in the South Wales music scene. The band is made up of Helen on vocals, Paul on guitar, Marv on bass and Penfold on drums. They have already proved to be a big hit with radio stations here in the UK and internationally. The band’s self-produced, self-released debut album ‘Monkeying Around’ was released at the end of 2011 and has received mainly positive reviews. So is this second album from the Welsh rockers just more monkey business or have Psycho Kiss managed to ratchet things up a level?
Sharing the same name as the album, ‘Bloodbath At The Disco’ gets things off to a fine start. Beginning with a slow piano-based intro, it quickly becomes a totally different beast formed from the typical rock mould. Helen is a strong vocalist whose voice packs a punch without relying on the operatic style increasingly favoured by female vocalists these days. She is more reminiscent of Catrin Southall or Lzzy Hale than the likes of Sharon den Adel. Her vocals are backed up by the rest of the band who fill their roles well.
Paul gets plenty of opportunity to demonstrate his skills with a guitar. In songs like ‘Conspiracy Whore’ the vocals give way to his riffs at times with brilliant results. Marv provides consistently good bass throughout the album, really adding depth to the instrumentals. Last but by no means least is Penfold, not just a good drummer but a great one! Whether providing steady beats to enhance the vocals and guitars, or helping to pick up the pace with some fast stick work, his skill really shines through on each track.
This album features plenty of variety among the ten songs included. Some tracks like ‘Red White and Gold’ feature instrumentals similar to the likes of Metallica whereas others such as ‘Why Should I Care’ are closer to Evanescence in sound, while still maintaining a flavour of Classic Rock. Whereas the style varies slightly between songs, there is a greater difference in the tone and theme on the album. The tone becomes rather dark at times, at others is more uplifting and occasionally is just packed with the sort of attitude you would expect from a band with a name like ‘Psycho Kiss’.
Whatever the tone, Helen’s vocals are full of emotions to match. The best example of this for me is the aptly named ‘Beautiful’. This is the longest offering on ‘Bloodbath At The Disco’ and is a spectacular demonstration of what this band is capable of and is full of the raw emotion and power that you would expect from the veterans of Rock.
This may not be a groundbreaking album taking Rock in a new direction but it is a great example of the genre and a brilliant combination of vocal and instrumental talent. It would appear ‘Psycho Kiss’ have indeed taken things up a level from their debut album and I look forward to seeing what the next one will bring.
1. Bloodbath At The Disco
2. Red White & Gold
3. Conspiracy Whore
4. Why Should I Care
5. There Is No God
6. In Your Groove
10. Breathe Again
It would appear ‘Psycho Kiss’ have indeed taken things up a level from their debut album and I look forward to seeing what the next one will bring.