"13 Above the Night" (Interscope; 1994)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Have you ever wanted to explore the seedy side of town but were too chicken to take a cab ride into the underworld where all the best stories that explore degradation are based? Me too. So, I’ll take the musical journey instead via My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. Prepare for some sleazy, disco-sounding music.

Primarily a dance/rave disc with buzzing guitars and soulful singers in the background, MLWTTKK drag you down into a world of drugs, hell and the occasional sexual encounter, all while inducing eerie vocals and omitting any sing-a-long songs so you have to listen and absorb.

A read though of the lyrics is a depressing chapter-and-verse of people who are used up and are using. It’s a very interesting ride but no place that I would ever want to visit for very long. MLWTTKK use the same dark twist in their music as Rob Zombie but with less heavy guitar. A dark element is always present, even when the techno music is blasting.

"13 Above the Night" truly creates a mood whose sole purpose is to depress you. This stuff is almost like the dirty magazine under your bed that you hope no one ever finds. You'll feel as though you'll need a shower after listening to this stuff, especially if you attempt anything mentioned in their lyrics.

MLWTTKK helped create the industrial rock sound.

As a side note, here's an Interesting excerpt from their liner notes: “Dedicated to the Go-Go GirlZ, Go-Go BoyZ and StripperZ of the World" and  “A Place Beyond Shame Is Where We Belong.”

MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT: Groovie Mann, Buzz McCoy, Jacky Blacque, Levi Levi, Kitty Kildare, Trash K. & Otto.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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