Modern Life Is War
My Love. My Way.


4.5
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Review

by Cadaveric USER (3 Reviews)
March 15th, 2007 | 48 replies | 11,602 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Amazing, intense, and uplifiting melodic hardcore from Marshalltown, Iowa.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Passion is something that a lot of the more popular modern -core bands lack. Lyrics of a lot of the bands either involve how they're myspace girlfriends ruined their lives or are vaugue political statements that sound good but mean nothing. These bands usually lack musical substance as well; their primary songwriting tactic is to write a pop song and add lots of distortion and girly unpassionate screaming. In this vast expanse of myspace popcore bands their is a glimmer of hope: Modern Life Is War

Modern Life Is War is a Marshalltown, Iowa band hell bent on bringing passion back into the melodic hardcore scene. Their songs are usually midtempo and leave room for the singer, Jefferey Eaton, to do his thing. The drums and bass are competent, but the true standouts instrumentally on this record are the two guitar players, John Eich and Sjarm. They do everything from bashing out punk style power chords, weaving octaves,droning low string parts, and creating huge crescendos with a wall of sound. Their ability to play is almost virtuostic for a hardcore band and is simply stunning.

Although I've said a lot about the guitars, the vocals and lyrics of Jeff are what defines this record. His vocal talent and delivery is so passionate it left me floored. You can feel the agony through every word on this cd. His lyrics are often jaded and pissed off, but there also seems to be a glistening of hope buried in the songs as well. This leads to the record being uplifting and rejuvenating to listen to.

The song, for me at least, that represents the whole record is "By The Sea." It contains all the elements of MLIW that I love. It starts with a droning intro, then goes straight into a great faster tempo part that uses harmonized octaves as well as power chords. This continues for a little longer then the song quiets down for a building part that leads into an orgasmic crescendo with gang vocals screaming away and Jeff yelling " I found conviction in my ever changing mind. I grew up tied down and bleeding on the inside, but I know I was a victim of my own device, and I want to live to see a brand new life." The lyrics are so catharctic and self confrontational in this song, it's just mind blowing.

This record is the definition of punk rock. It's short and sweet so you'll want to listen to it again and again.The music is so heartfelt, emotive, and passionate, that I feel almost anyone into hardcore or punk music should hear this. So, if you're sick of all the disgusting scenexcore bands and want to hear what a melodic hardcore record is all about, check out Modern Life Is War.

Recommended Tracks:
By The Sea
First And Ellen
Late Bloomers
Self Preservation


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CheckersOnMyShoesYo
March 15th 2007



215 Comments


This cd is great, though Witness is just a little better IMO.

The review was pretty good, for a first, though maybe the whole rant about scene bands was a little unnecessary, though true.

Also, maybe go over a few more songs, and go more in depth in the future.This Message Edited On 03.15.07

Cadaveric
March 16th 2007



152 Comments


thanks for the tips guys. i know the rant was a little much, but it just pisses me off, you know? i look forward to contributing to this site though, it seems like a lot of fun



trustxdialect
March 16th 2007



1502 Comments


Yeah, keep most of what Spat said to mind.

I'm in love with Witness, so does this stack up well?

Cadaveric
March 16th 2007



152 Comments


Witness is a better album, but this is great as well. Witness doesn't really have a By The Sea, which is probably my favorite MLIW track, and this is def. worth getting if just to hear that song

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 16th 2007



17920 Comments


good review bro

srt-4
March 16th 2007



3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

amazing band, amazing album.

Cadaveric
March 16th 2007



152 Comments


word. thanks chan

trustxdialect
March 16th 2007



1502 Comments


Meh. This is great, but nowhere near as good as Witness.

Cadaveric
March 16th 2007



152 Comments


Yeah, this album is def. overshadowed by Witness, but this is still worth a listen

Deathcar
September 28th 2010



1534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sometimes I think I actually prefer this to Witnesss - both are incredible, but this seems more passionate/emotional.

MalleusMaleficarum
December 29th 2010



13891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is so damn good. Their best, probably a 4.5 for me.

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Spluger
June 7th 2011



1120 Comments


Checking this out now, Late Bloomers is awesome.

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MalleusMaleficarum
June 17th 2011



13891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album still destroys

BassDemon333
June 17th 2011



3352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is better than Witness by far. I found this to be much more intense and heavy.

MalleusMaleficarum
January 9th 2012



13891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is one of my favorite albums ever

MalleusMaleficarum
February 28th 2012



13891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WE'RE TAKING BACK WHAT THEY STOLE










PREPARREEE YOUURRRSELLLLFFFFFFF

MalleusMaleficarum
February 28th 2012



13891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

SELF PRESERVAAAAAAAA

TTTIIOOOOOONNNNN

ohfoxxxycole
February 28th 2012



4350 Comments


dead ramones

MalleusMaleficarum
February 28th 2012



13891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WE ARE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS!


IN THESE

DARK

TIIIIIIMEESS!

pmmets07
February 28th 2012



5848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

self preservation is the shit.

WE'RE FORWARD THINKING YOUTH, WE CAN USE OUR OWN HEADS



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