|Review: Tad Morose - Modus Vivendi|
Label: Century Media
Year released: 2003
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: April 19, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
When asked what type of music Tad Morose play, vocalist Urban Breed has apparently stated that the band does "Powerful Metal." Very clever! And to be perfectly honest, I wouldn't argue against it. This is not power metal that we generally hear. This is…well….just really powerful metal! On first listen, the album didn't really do much for me (It is a bit raw…just a bit). However, if you are one of those people who absolutely have to listen to catchy songs, then you might as well stop reading right now! This is not overly catchy music, but one that will pierce through with a few listens.
It has been about 2 months since I got "Modus Vivendi" and every consecutive listen makes me appreciate it more and more. The vocalist is just awesome. He doesn't display the impeccable and untouchable vocal range of people like Heiman, however, he does have an unbelievable voice that is as deep as it is commanding and powerful. We have a new contender on my list of all time greatest power metal vocalists. Urban Breed? Check!
Another great plus about the album are the song structures. The songs are very well written and the thing that sneaks this album in the "A+" league is that the band is not in a rush to deliver their choruses! Shit…I don't know what it is about mainstream music that tells the listener that you cannot enjoy the song until the chorus kicks in! A lot of metal bands too feel such a hurried need to deliver the chorus. Not Tad Morose however. They take ample time, multiple verses, rhythms and melodies to finally get to the chorus. And this is apparent on many songs on the disc and I cannot recommend this enough to other bands as well. If you have a good verse pattern going, let it build; and then build some more before you deliver the bang! It is just one of the reasons why this album is so beautiful.
All killer tracks! "No Mercy" will probably be of the few that will draw you in on first listen. Best songs on the album include "Cyerdome", "Anubis", "Afraid To Die" and "Lost In A Lonely Grave." I cannot recommend this album enough to anyone seeking raw, heavy and powerful metal laced with a solid dose of vocal melodies! "Modus Vivendi" is a very original album that neither flows from the American, nor the European vein of power metal. I can only compare them to Iced Earth…not because Tad Morose sound like them, but because their sound is very difficult to describe and compare with other bands.
"Modus Vivendi" is a mixed blessing. For one, it is an amazing album. But, this means now I have to go around hunting down the rest of the band's catalogue. In short – You want this disc. Go get it. NOW!
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