The band begins their Pulse and Treatment with a rock styling that touches upon late-nineties alternative and goth-rock. The grinding, intense (but ultimately radio-friendly) style of the band will tattoo itself into the minds and hearts of listeners, providing them with the momentum that they need to continue through Pulse and Treatment.
Last Time looks further back into the late seventies and eighties to create an epic effort in the vein of Bauhaus and Styx; the production here makes this a no-brainer to include on any rock radio rotation. The band is able to create a cohesive narrative to the track that does not require vocals – when the swirling eddies of these vocals begin, the track provides listeners with a bold new direction to take.
My Own Friend succeeds due to the interplay between guitars and drums. The Cult / Tea Party-styled vocals that are present here keep the momentum high and listeners firmly on the edges of their seats. The band’s high energy approach means that the later register of efforts (including the one-two punch of Misanthropy and Fell Into The Void) possess the same never say die approach. I feel that the album’s last track, Fell Into The Void, allows the act to close things up on the album and provide listeners with some semblance of where A Modern Way To Die will ultimately go in subsequent recordings.
Make sure to visit Seahorse Recordings’ website for more information about A Modern Way To Die and their other clients. The act is able to provide a nice boost to previously neglected styles, all while creating music that is unmistakably unique.
Top Tracks: My Own Friend, Fell Into The Void
A Modern Way To Die Pulse and Treatment CD Review / 2014 Seahorse Recordings / 8 Tracks / www.seahorserecordings.com / www.blobagency.com