Modern Life Is War
Fever Hunting


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (90 Reviews)
August 28th, 2013 | 44 replies


Release Date: 09/03/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I suspected you've been affected

Comeback albums can be a real bitch, especially in a genre that ebbs and flows constantly like hardcore. Changing hardcore forever, Modern Life Is War released the landmark record Witness in 2005, made one more album and characteristically of hardcore, they dissolved shortly after that. A lot has happened in the scene since they broke up, and countless bands have grown popular playing a derivative version of the sound they perfected on Witness. With all that being said, the question must be posed: Do Modern Life Is War go back to the sound that defined a generation and risk sounding outdated, or do they try something new and risk alienating fans? So what the fuck are you going to do kid?

Modern Life Is War went with the "Going back to their defining sound" approach, and basically ignored their last album which failed to strike a nerve with fans largely because of its heavier approach. Fever Hunting has all the same ingredients as Witness: slower than average songs, unorthodox song structures consisting of parts that flow into each other seamlessly (unlike this sentence,) melodic and methodical guitar work, and emotional vocals. Fever Hunting does differ in a few aspects that are unfortunately largely negative. It's by no means an immediate record and it doesn't really get its feet off the ground until the third track "Chasing My Tail." The record is a tad longer than Witness, yet if feels strangely hollow, where Witness felt like a 27 minutes long mission statement that never ceased or slowed down, Fever Hunting isn't as inspired nor is it immediate, starting off slow and relying too much on repetition. The lyrics are the biggest negative as nothing really sticks like they did with Witness, where every song felt like a story worth telling. Rounding out the negatives is the flat production and songwriting which largely erase the impeccable flow and atmosphere Witness had. While Witness defined a genre with it's fresh approach to hardcore and unforgettable songs, Fever Hunting is a great, albeit forgettable record that's doomed to be left behind in hardcore history, lumped in with all the derivative and faceless records made by bands who aped Modern Life Is War's sound.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2013


50545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yes

Freddey
August 28th 2013


135 Comments


Awesome band, can't wait to listen to this, great review.

Gwyn.
August 28th 2013


15160 Comments


This reads a lot more like an "Average" review than a "Great" one,mainly because no real positive
comments are made about the album other than it has resemblances with Witness, which is a shaky
positive since that depends entirely on the appreciation of the viewer for a completely album

emotion vocals.


Emotional

For what it is it's a well written review, though.

Album rox btw

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2013


50545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I mean compared to Witness yeah it's average.

As its own thing it's great

linkpwns
August 28th 2013


78 Comments


Review sounds a lot more negative than the score suggests, definitely.
Like you literally describe no positive things about this album other than, "it kinda sounds like Witness but worse"

BassDemon333
August 28th 2013


3399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album is so good and a hell of a comeback

Digging: Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2013


50545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I would 3.3 this if I could

Gwyn.
August 28th 2013


15160 Comments


3.3 rounds up to 3.5

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2013


50545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll do what I want

Gwyn.
August 28th 2013


15160 Comments


lol

lucazade22
August 28th 2013


532 Comments


Last 4 tracks rule

Captain North
August 28th 2013


6789 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agreed dude. This is worse than many of the bands who aped their sound.

ShitsofRain
August 28th 2013


5911 Comments


all hype is gone

Digging: Round One to Round Five - 1993-99 Main Street Records

Lelle
August 28th 2013


2156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is the only thing I've heard by these guys, so I can't tell if it's innovative or a retread, but it sounds great and that's all that matters

taxidermist
August 28th 2013


7210 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not agreeing with that score at all. Been trying to review this for a while now, but haven't found the energy to do so.

slep
August 28th 2013


1604 Comments


"Do Modern Life Is War go back to the sound that defined a generation and risk sounding outdated, or do they try something new and risk alienating fans? So what the fuck are you going to do kid?"

Hahaha, awesome. Nice review.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 28th 2013


13339 Comments


taxi

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Cygnatti
August 28th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

better than new defeater.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2013


10281 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Fever Hunting does differ in a few aspects that are unfortunately largely negative. It's by no means an immediate record and it doesn't really get its feet off the ground until the third track "Chasing My Tail." The record is a tad longer than Witness, yet if feels strangely hollow, where Witness felt like a 27 minutes long mission statement that never ceased or slowed down, Fever Hunting isn't as inspired nor is it immediate, starting off slow and relying too much on repetition. The lyrics are the biggest negative as nothing really sticks like they did with Witness, where every song felt like a story worth telling.

So the basis of your criticisms seem to be that this isn't as immediate as Witness, which comes off as unfair to me. They're different albums; just because this is unlike Witness in that regard doesn't mean it's a bad thing. Such criticisms would work better if you explained exactly why MLIW work better when their immediate-- leaving the criticisms as they are feels like a cop-out of sorts

TheNexus100
August 28th 2013


2542 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

its lame

Digging: Nothing - Guilty of Everything



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