Modern Life is War has been around for about five years. I know that NeuFutur is not unfamiliar with the act, as we have covered them on the Iowahardcore compilation and have picked up a few of their albums in the past. Saying that, it seems as if the band has stepped up their game for â€œMidnight In Americaâ€, their first album on Equal Vision records. â€œUseless Generationâ€ is the first track on the disc and starts things off with an emotionally intense blend of guitars and drums. The band slows things up for a second before blasting their listenersâ€™ ears with some of the toughest hardcore out there. Hints of At The Drive-In and Saetia confront each other in the machine-gun drumming layout of â€œScreaming At The Moonâ€, while â€œStagger Leeâ€ links together a troubled instrumentation with gritty, angry vocals.
The different approach taken by Modern Life Is War during each of the tracks on â€œMidnight in Americaâ€ serve a dual purpose; they allow the band to really spread their musical wings, while the songs act as a net, capturing any and all individuals that happen upon the disc. A high point of â€œMidnight In Americaâ€ has to be â€œBig City Dreamâ€, a track that does not give up on the sludgy, brutal instrumentation even as the band imbues the track with a melody not heard in typical hardcore music. â€œPendulumâ€ speeds things up to match tempo with punk music, an interesting choice given the fact that the last track was titled â€œFuck The Sex Pistolsâ€.
The straight-forward drumming of â€œPendulumâ€ matches perfectly with the vocals, and Modern Life is War blasts forward until the track closes shop. â€œThese Mad Dogs of Gloryâ€ is another peak for Modern Life is War; the vocals create a harmony that is infectious as all get out while contributing to the brooding and plodding style crafted by the rest of the band. Modern Life is War have quite a few single-worthy tracks, but never lets these tracks slack in regard to crafting an album-specific sound. Equal Vision has given Modern Life is War the opportunity to break it big; the music present on â€œMidnight in Americaâ€ should be enough to allow the band to reach a large fan base. Keep listening to Modern Life is War; I believe that their career will be a long and storied one by the time that they give up the ghost.
Top Tracks: These Mad Dogs of Glory, Pendulum