latest metal news on our main pagecd reviewslive reviewsinterviewsspecials± 850 links!contact us!chatour message board on Ultimate Metal /mp/\.jpgm/
  INTERVIEWS
recent:
DARK TRANQUILLITY
CIPHER SYSTEM
GOD DETHRONED
AFTER FOREVER
VOMITORY
STAMPIN' GROUND
AYREON
CHAOSBREED
CATTLE DECAPITATION
ANCIENT
» INTIES ARCHIVE
  SPECIALS
recent:
NAGLFAR
studio report

(last update: Feb 9th)

SYMPHORCE tourreport - Cede Dupont telling about life on the road

» SPEC. ARCHIVE

  NICO'S PHOTOPIT

  ULTIMATE METAL
Have your official forum at the most awesome online metal community!

  MUSICIANS ADS
Looking for other musicians to jam with? Send us your ad! More info:
» MUSICIANS ADS

  METAL RADIO
Seismic Radio
Snakenet Radio
Apocalypse Radio
Dementia Radio

  NEWSLETTER
Sign up if you want us to keep you posted about our updates!

WEBCounter by GOWEB    

  » CD REVIEWS ARCHIVE

   TAD MOROSE
MODUS VIVENDI
2003
Century Media
http://www.tadmorose.com


rating: 5/5

1.Anubis
2.No mercy
3.Afraid To Die
4.Clearly Insane
5.Cyberdome
6.Take On The World
7.Mother Shipton's Words
8.Unwelcome Guest
9.Life In A Lonely Grave
10.When The Spirit Rules The World

Once again Tad Morose bless us with a new album. "Modus Vivendi" is already the band's sixth regular studio album and I'm happy to see the guys from Bollnäs/Sweden are still standing strong and are releasing yet another quality album. Fans of "old" Tad Morose who were hoping for their band to return to the prog metal of the early days can stop doing so - "Modus Vivendi" is very much in the vein of the last two albums.
Those familiar with Tad Morose will know what this means: "old-fashioned" Swedish power metal combined with modern elements and superb choirs. Having said that, this is probably all you need to know and you will already be on your way to the next shop to get it. For all others I will try to elaborate a little. This is by no means the kind of happy and cheesy power metal with thin high pitched vocals that I detest so much. Tad Morose's songs have a dark feeling to them and they have balls! "Modus Vivendi" is a driving piece of timeless music, courtesy of a band that knows how to write songs that rock. Each song on this album has hooks that are impossible to ignore.

Most of the songs on "Modus Vivendi" are pounding and mid-paced even though on few occasions they Swedes are getting a little faster as well ("Clearly Insane" and "Mother Shipton's Words" - those drums!), a bit slower and softer ("Cyberdome" - acoustic interludes) or even a little epic and symphonic ("Life In A Lonely Grave" - lasts for over 7 minutes).
Keyboards are used here and there but only in the background and not as an important part of the music, except maybe for a piano outro on "Take On The World".
The album kicks off with "Anubis" that has an oriental (or should I say Egyptian?) touch to it and that some will probably already know since it is available as a mp3 from Century Media. Now, I mentioned hooks. But we're not only talking simple back-up shouting here. What I like a lot about these guys is their use of choirs (with a guest appearance of Wolverine's Stefan Zell here). Some fantastic examples can be found on this album, just like in "Afraid To Die" (pre-chorus even reminded me of some Vanden Plas), "Clearly Insane" (reminded me of Pink Cream 69's melody lines) or "Unwelcome Guest" (guitar-wise also great track for Savatage fans). The last track "When The Spirit Rules The World" seems to connect to the opening track musically again as it does have the same oriental touch.

Admittedly, there's nothing really new happening on "Modus Vivendi". But Tad Morose present themselves as a unity, nothing seems overdone and they are combining the best moments of the previous two albums: Only the production is better (more powerful). The sound is "warm" and alive. You won't be disappointed.

submitted by Cora 22.11.2003

  » CD REVIEWS ARCHIVE

rating 1 - 5 Morrigans
5 = awesome, 4 = good, 3 = average, 2 = keep practising, 1 = sell your gear!
  CD REVIEWS
recent:
IMAGIKA
INTERNAL SUFFERING
RAISING FEAR
ASTRAL DOORS
SCAR SYMMETRY
HEAVILS, THE
UNCHAINED
MERCENARY
STATETROOPER
HIBRIA
» CDS ARCHIVE
  LIVE REVIEWS
recent:
DEICIDE - ARKHON INFAUSTUS - DARKDAYRISING, Haarlem

THE GATHERING - PAATOS, Frankfurt

DYNAMO OPEN AIR, Nijmegen

KATAKLYSM - GRAVEWORM - MYSTIC CIRCLE - INTO ETERNITY , Essen

EVERGREY - MERCENARY, Vosselaar/Weert

INTO ETERNITY - DIRTBRED - SPARKY, Saskatoon

» LIVE ARCHIVE

  TOURDATES
Check or add tour-dates on our forum!
» TOURDATES

  FESTIVALS

© copyright
2002-2005
Morrigan's Pit

DISCLAIMER