CD REVIEW: Dead Modern Villains - Wisconsin Blues
By Cyrus Rhodes - 09/16/2012 - 09:44 PM EDT
Artist: Dead Modern Villains
Album: Wisconsin Blues
Label: Independent Music Promotions
Genre: Progressive Rock/Jam band
Sounds Like: Foghat, Collective Soul, Days of the New, Tesla, Airborne
Technical Grade: 7/10.
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Baby Doll, Face, Silence, Southern Voodoo Tomahawk Attack
Green Bay Wisconsin 3 piece Alternative Rock band “Dead Modern Villains” just released their latest 15 song CD entitled Wisconsin Blues in 2011 Band members include: Keith Bouche (Guitar/Vocals), David Arendy (Bass/Vocals) and Mitch Rudloph (Drums). This band was recently nominated for the 2012 WAMI - Nominee for best Rock n' Roll band of the Year (Wisconsin) .
The CD kicks things off into high gear with intro piece “Wisconsin Blues” a grinding guitar groove meshed against driving rock rhythm, emotionally charged vocal delivery and well placed harmonies throughout. Track 2 “Hindsight is 20/20” serves up another adrenalized solid low end groove, with melodic musical flow coupled with hooky harmonies and impressive vocal emotion. Track 3 my personal favorite “Baby Doll” keeps pushing hard with its smooth as silk guitar intro eventually lending itself into a pulsating rock groove with an infectious rock melody that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of Foghat, Collective Soul, Days of the New, Tesla, Black Sabbath, Airborne and even Skid Row. Right from the start you will notice these 3 lads feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back. After a quick take off the CD hits solid stride dishing out impressive track after track. The overall musical vibe has a nice, raw hard rock feel to it reminiscent of music popular back in the late nineties yet with a modern day twist and feel. The guitar playing hits you right between the eyes and dishes out impressive heavy R&B type guitar licks all built upon a solid low end rhythm foundation. The vocal timber is full of passion of Bouche is packed to the hilt with recklessness abandon. The musicianship from all the other members in the band has everything you would expect from a no holds barred standard 3 piece rock band. The songs themselves are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair and signature groove. From slamming “Face” to grooving “Last Night’ and “Something to Do” to rocking “Silence” to face melting “How am I” and “Southern Voodoo Tomahawk Attack” to heartfelt “The Contract” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 15 “Bottle of Pills” the prefect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
It’s hard to find any noticeable weaknesses worth mentioning so I give up.
In close Wisconsin Bluesis an action packed production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – its raw feel almost as if you were watching a band play live in the studio. If these guys have a slam dunk live presentation on the Warp Tour then that would be a deadly combination no doubt. The songs are extremely heavy, melodic, passionate and powerful. This band will no doubt get your adrenalin pumping. Yep – it looks like Rock n Roll is back in town again when the “Dead Modern Villains” are in town.
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