My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult has moved through quite a few types of music while on their way toward becoming "the most dangerous cult in America." From that early taste of the electronica/ industrial that would one day help reshape the way we view machines to music of an odder, more theme-oriented place of residents, they've managed to grow and become something that is, quite simply, entertaining. I've personally liked the way nothing is sacred to them and the way they come down on just about any subject they want to, from drugs and delusion to the observations birthed under the cross. Much of what they've done, especially in those early days, is golden.
Kooler Than Jesus is a little taste of quite a few themes, and its quite an entertaining piece of work to boot. It kicks off with "Kooler Than Jesus," with a nice beat reminiscent of the late 80s/early 90s and a few coal loops that are quite entrancing. Anytime I hear the name of the song, I automatically have a auditory flashback to "I am the electric messiah, the AC/DC God." Then there's "Devil Bunnies," changing pace and reflecting back to a time before me that births images of people with slicked hair settling things with knives. I like it, too, from the loops used in the song to the introductory snapping setting the mood. Next is "Nervous Xians," possibly one of my favorite songs done by My Life (and known, albeit at a different speed, from the movie The Crow), with so many pieces coming together in such a direct manner. From the sound clip starting the song off with a "reality is the only word in the language that should always be used in quotes" bang to the lyrical content that "infects your carnal mind," it expresses such a positively charged message. And it does so by combining distortion in the lyrics, female vocals on top of those, and a beat that moves along at a nice pace. "The Devil Does Drugs" follows that up quite nicely, once again incorporating a lot of looped clips with an undercoating of electronic beats. The vocal distortion changes up nicely, too, worming its way into a song clocking in at over seven minutes and accenting the mostly clip-motivated song. Next is "First Cut," a dark sonnet mixing in some sounds from the last song on top of some rather dark vocals. The beat of this is quite aged, for sure, but its still nice to listen to and I always enjoy the propaganda sung into the songs exclaiming, "My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult." Besides, the satanic ritual movie clips mixed into it work pretty nice. "Shock at Point 6" is pretty funny when I think back on the time and the televangelists of the moment, knowing some of the things they went through during them. While this might seem a little old at first, the message could easily be translated onto the backs of today's mouthpieces as well, with a little "bow down, now give me everything!" And, lastly, "Resisting the Spirit" concludes the album, brining in an interesting mix of beats. I like the ethereal sound at the beginning, with the almost cultish vocals and eerie background music mixing with a gently strummed guitar. It is a pretty solid piece as well, falling into the definite "keeper" class as far as My Life hits, and is still nice to return to.
While the beats are old and the music is a bit aged (especially looking back), Kooler Than Jesus is actually a fun album and is pretty nice when it all comes down. The mainstay of the theme, the playgrounds of the flesh, translates well on any occasion and still works out when I go through the motions of that beat. Some of the album, five of the seven songs, were actually released before on "Some Have to Dance Some Have to Kill" and on "My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult," but this is still a nice addition to have around if you have them and nice if you don't.