Kill Paradise – The Second Effect

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The Second Effect - BrokenSilence Records

Even though I do it sometimes, I try my best not to judge a CD by the cover or the label. Sure, it generally gives a good idea but there are times when a band can surprise you and create a sound that is contrary to how they portray themselves. When I saw Kill Paradise‘s The Second Effect on Broken Silence Records (released exclusively through Hot Topic) I immediately shuddered because of the choice of color and font on the CD artwork – something about it just screamed at me to stay away. But as soon as that thought came into my mind I pushed it away in order to give them a full chance; that was, of course, until I saw the accompanying bio: AS SEEN ON TOUR WITH BROKENCYDE & BREATHE CAROLINA!!!

“Fuck,” I thought, “this is going to suck if that’s their main selling point.” And boy was I right.

Before you get too scared, no, Kill Paradise aren’t nearly as painful or nauseating as Brokencyde – I don’t think that’s possible. However, The Second Effect is still a rather painful and generic album that deserves no recognition from a punk rock website; mainly because The Second Effect is in no way, shape or form related to punk. Now punk is an relatively wide spreading term, but Kill Paradise do not fit in there at all. What they are is two guys playing overly produced, synth heavy electro pop. In that way they are a bit like Breathe Carolina or 3oh!3 but don’t even come close to the catchy ness of 3oh!3 (and that’s not saying much since 3oh!3 is a shitty band anyway).

The vocals are ran through voicoders and auto tune, creating high pitched and annoying vocals that, for some reason, seems to be all the rage on top 40 radio now. But unlike top 40 radio, these vocals aren’t memorable or catchy and will never get stuck in your head. Instead, they come, annoy and leave – or, at best, just come and leave. Pre-programmed beats splatter the album and computerized effects are thrown in to create something “new” and “unique”. The bass creates a steady dance rhythm that can get your foot tapping, but it’s really nothing noteworthy.

I’ve heard worst than this before, but the fact of the matter is Kill Paradise is not a punk album in anyway shape or form. It’s an electro pop album and one that will never find its way into my CD player again.