My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult : Confessions Of A Knife


It’s October and Halloween draws closer. So we’ve nominated this classic Industrial album by the incredible Thrill Kill Cult. It featured one of my favorite tracks to play at a Halloween Dance Party. That’s track 2 on the album, “The Days of Swine and Roses”. It’s a great song and really has a whimsical monster movie kind of vibe to it. Great fun for costumed dancing.

The album came out in 1990. Interestingly it was published by Ryko that year. It was reprinted by WaxTrax in 1993. It was reprinted on Vinyl by JDC Records in 2011.

This album is important because it shows the divergence from Chicago House into the sometimes whimsical Industrial Dance sound that came to define WaxTrax! Records.

The album demonstrated a weird by compelling balance between order and chaos, horror and humor. The first six tracks are great to listen through, but then you need to start skipping a few. Track 8 is a craptastic remix of a great song. “Kooler Than Jesus”. Also you need to listen to the final cut, “Do You Fear (For Your Child).

I had the opportunity to see this band play live a few years ago and they were a lot of fun.

[ review by Alex Velocity ]

Release Date: 1990   Duration: 56:55

Track List (favorites in bold)

  1. A Daisy Chain 4 Satan
  2. The Days of Swine and Roses
  3. Hand in Hand
  4. Waiting for Mommie
  5. Confessions of a Knife (Theme, Pt. 1)
  6. Ride the Midway
  7. Rivers of Blood, Years of Darkness
  8. Kooler Than Jesus
  9. Burning Dirt
  10. Confessions of a Knife (Theme, Pt. 2)
  11. Do You Fear (For Your child)

Album Moods
Sexy, Campy, Energetic, Crunchy, Rowdy, Sexual, Sleazy, Aggressive, Provocative, Smart-Ass, Witty, Humorous, Gothic, Dark, Mechanical

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