It's not often that I do music videos on this blog (in part because it seems like I'm always the last person to know about new music) but I'm pretty excited to review this album for you. The prolific music project PERSONAL:KILLING:AGENDA is about to release their new album Devil's Night which is ambient orchestral music based on horror movie soundtracks, complete with mixing to add a bit of the 'grainy' sound so classic to the genre. When the mind behind PERSONAL:KILLING:AGENDA, Shane Dunn, contacted me to review the album, I was very happy to do so.
Devil's Night wasn't what I expected at all, I thought I might be presented with a Nox Arcana clone or something like the shrieking soundtrack of a modern slasher film, but (thankfully) that wasn't the case.
The music is atmospheric and very subtly creepy at times but remains elegant at beautiful, no pre-baked Halloween shrieking tracks here. If you're a fan of movie soundtracks, especially much older horror movies from the early to mid 20th Century, you'll find these very familiar. It's not overtly creepy or scary, but darkly elegant, perhaps more so than the track titles would indicate (especially 'Mysterious Skin'. Shudder.)
My favorite track is probably The Hollow which is eerie but with really great energy with wonderful ebbs and flows that recall movie adaptations of Victorian Gothic novels. The titular track Devil's Night is also really excellent, but the tracks almost seamlessly meld together and create a lovely background soundscape that's the perfect thing to listen to when you need to work on something else. It's been my favorite autumnal reading and studying background music since I got it.
You can find PERSONAL:KILLING:AGENDA on Facebook, Bandcamp, and Tumblr if you'd like to follow more of the project and keep up to date with it. You can also follow it on Twitter @PKABAND666.
Following the bandcamp link will enable you to listen to three of the tracks on the album. If you like what you hear as much as I do, you can pre-order the album for $5 now until its full release on October 27th. Want to knock an extra 10% off your pre-order price? Use the code 'thekillerclub' at check-out.
What have you been listening to lately?