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The Leech

by Queen Kong

Industrial Synth Pop Metal Droids,with the Best Singer in Western Europe. Nine Inch Nails Meets Kraftwerk
Genre: Electronic: Industrial
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Boot
3:56 album only
2. David Bowie
4:13 album only
3. Death Threat
4:57 album only
4. So Brand New
8:39 album only


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Taken from :http://www.drop-d.ie/archive/article.asp?article=85

Queen Kong E.p, The Leech
By Aisling O' Leary

Queen Kong are a three-piece electronic, alternative band that hail from Cork and London, who boldly proclaim that they will "make you regret your entire life" with the release of their audacious EP "The Leech".

On "The Leech", Queen Kong amalgamate ambient sounds, samples, drumbeats, industrial-esque energetic guitars, and eloquently haunting harmonies.

The EP opens with an incisive sound that rushes towards the ears, easing you in with a chilled vibe, similar to "Lamb" or "Hood", before passionate vocals take you into a darker world. The opening track is amiable, the splashes of emotive feminine vocals charge it with an admonishing tone, with the harmonies giving it its' energy.

The EP then gets darker, and eccentric with "David Bowie". On this track, the Casio drum machine is turned all the way up to 11, laced with menacing guitar riffs, and eerie fantastical paranoid lyrics, bringing you deeper into Queen Kong's lair. The vocals here are impressively strong, and the harmonies give a creepy edge to the track.

Death threat is by far my favourite track on the EP, here the EP is at it's darkest. There is an industrial based sound, pistons are firing, drums are pounding in an Army of Me" (Bjork) style, with the vocals here reminiscent of Liz Fraser (of Massive Attack and Cocteau Twins fame) softly mysterious, and ominous. Here the melange of sounds works well, with the layering producing a foreboding atmosphere altogether, scary, spooky, and salaciously good.

The EP ends on so brand new, which is more pop based, radio friendly and instrumentally austere then the rest of the CD. With the guitars taking a bit of a rest, vocals, samples and the Casio are brought to the fore accompanied by interesting samples. The harmonies are driving this track once again, in a consistently soaring breezy tone, swaying over the drumbeats with a summery sound.

With The Leech", you definitely get more than what is on a normal EP, in a stylishly designed format not only are there the four tracks listed, but if you like your extras, pop the disc into your computer and one unearths a collection of unusual videos and tracks otherwise inaccessible, entering the dark fantastical world of Queen Kong. The videos are interesting and are reminiscent of some earlier "nine inch nails" stuff, yet at times go a bit far, with "shock imagery" for the sake of it. She's a bleeder" is an animal track, full of energy, and heavier than the four main tracks, it would not work as part of the EP but it is a great bonus. The extra amount of tracks is a little overwhelming, and I "regret" to say that it is bit more a case of quantity then quality, but there are a few nuggets to be found.

If you like Bjork, Cocteau Twins, Skindive, Hood, Nine Inch Nails, Lacuna coil, or Snake River Conspiracy, check these guys out; they're playing Bodkins on the 15th of October.

RATING: 4/5 Interesting, diverse, creative, good production, but the lyrics are at times lacking that energetic kick that the drum machine and vocals deliver throughout.

A good EP, good in content and also in value for money



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