The Bangkok Five – We Love What Kills Us (2008)

Bangkok Five - We Love What Kills Us (2008)

The Bangkok Five – We Love What Kills Us (2008)

  1. We Love What Kills Us
  2. This One’s For The Haters
  3. Straight Fell Off
  4. Party Machine
  5. Outlines Of Us

Bangkok Five

(photo by Robin Perin)

Band Lineup:
Frost – Vocals
Sweeney – Lead Guitar
Coatez – Bass
Blanco – Drums
Bobby S. – Guitars

Total Time = 20:41

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When the sophomore effort, WE LOVE WHAT KILLS US, by L.A. quintet The Bangkok Five crossed my desk, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I’ve never heard of the band and all the press releases online use quotes from print magazines like Revolver, Hit Parader, and Blender…..magazines that are usually behind the times when it comes to Hard Rock.

So I pop this CD in and I’m greeted with the title track and the first thing I notice is lead singer Frost’s voice, very unique especially when using a deeper tone. Usually you can tell what an album is going to be like by the first song and ‘We Love What Kills Us’ is a good Modern Hard Rock/Alternative/Punk hybrid that reminds of Buckcherry meets Urge Overkill. Same with ‘This One’s For The Haters’, there is a lot of guitars and energetic vocals that I draw comparisons to Buckcherry yet not as polished, more raw.

‘Straight Fell Off’ is a little slower tempo, mid-paced, and reminds me of early ’80s Punk/New Wave with slightly distorted vocals. I like this song the best of the five and I’ve played this over and over, I think it would make a good follow-up single to the title track. Things pick up with ‘Party Machine’ and the vocals are a little more controlled. I like the subdued nature of the track even though it’s a Modern Rock song. The band slows things down with ‘Outlines Of Us’ and it’s the one track I’m not feeling. It sounds like one of those Alternative songs that the guy working the stereo in the record store plays to show how “hip” he is. Sounds like a song college radio or modern rock stations like Rhode Island’s 95.5 WBRU would play. Not my type of music…..

Bottom Line:
Not my usual listening choice but I was pleasantly surprised, enough to check out the band’s debut, WHO’S GONNA TAKE US ALIVE? (2006), and see what’s there. I like the music when it steers more towards the Hard Rock style but I get a little lost when the Punk/Alternative side shows…..chalk that up to personal tastes. I could see The Bangkok Five getting airplay of Rock radio with ‘We Love What Kills Us’ and ‘Straight Fell Off’, the two tracks I felt really stood out. Definitely a band to watch when the album is officially released on May 13th. It’s also going to be released in Spanish to honor the band’s Spanish influenced environment in Los Angeles, I’ll bet that will sound cool.

Current Playlist

The CDs are piling up but I’ve been under the weather with allergies and the flu so Music hasn’t been the priority. I have listened to a few CDs lately, mostly stuff that has been in rotation for a few weeks…..

Tank – The Filth Hounds Of Hades: Dogs Of War (1981-2002) box set (2007): This has been an exciting box set for me. I’m a huge New Wave Of British Heavy Metal fan and I only had a few Tank albums to my collection. All six Tank studio records are here, plus two live albums, and a live DVD. This has been taking up much time because I want to review it…..eventually!

After Forever – s/t (2007): I’m still enjoying this album even after close to three months. I enjoy the epic/symphonic/gothic Metal with the clean female vocals and death style male growls. I’m going to have to track down the rest of the band’s catalog.

Night Sun – Mournin’ (1972): I’d better spin this after all the hassle I had with it — hadit, lost it, searched for it, gave up, and then got it in the mail so I never had it to begin with. The mind plays tricks! I will eventually write this one up too.

Iron Maiden – (all Bruce era albums): Just ordered my Maiden tickets for June at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA so I am really on a Maiden kick. Last month, I was spinning a lot of D’ianno & Blaze Bayley albums to mix it up but it’s all about Bruce now. The focus has been on NUMBER OF THE BEAST thru FEAR OF THE DARK but I have also revisited all the current albums too. Up the Irons!

Helix – The Power Of Rock And Roll (2007): I missed this album in 2007 but I bought it at the beginning of 2008. Straight up Hard Rock that would easily have made my Top 15 of 2007 if I bought it in 2007. If I expanded to a Top 20 or 25, this would be in there.

Sebastian Bach – Angel Down (2007): This CD made the 5 Worst Albums of 2007 and I wanted to go back and give a fresh listen. I’m still not digging the down-tuned production and growling vocals but I have found more to like than I did originally. I stand by my ranking though, it’s still a major disappointment.

Journey – Arrival (2000): This was Journey’s comeback record with Steve Augeri (ex-Tall Stories) at the mic and Deen Castronovo (ex-Wild Dogs) on drums. Probably one of the most underrated records of 2000, this is a perfect slab of AOR and sits nicely with all the classic Steve Perry era albums. I saw the tour that summer…..excellent.

Black Tide – Light From Above (2008): Put these guys in with Airbourne and Endeverafter as true leaders of the next wave of good Hard Rock & Metal. I admit that I was surprised at how good this record was coming from a brand new band. Review this week!

Avantasia – The Scarecrow (2008): Tobias Sammet really puts together solid albums for Edguy and Avantasia is a solid side project that has taken a life of it’s own three albums in. There’s a lot to listen to hear but the Alice Cooper track is my favorite so far.

The Bangkok Five – We Love What Kills Us (2008): I got sent a promo CDR of this forthcoming album and I listened to it all day yesterday so I could write a review. It’s only five songs, so it’s more like an E.P. instead of a full-length LP. I listened over and over again but my initial reaction to it hasn’t been good. Not my style but kids that enjoy current popular Rock trends might like it.