"Modus Vivendi" (Century Media; 2004)

Reviewed by Spudbeast

Sweden's Tad Morose is definitely one of the more unique bands I've heard in awhile and in a good way, too. Their new album, "Modus Vivendi," is power metal-based, but not entirely faithful to the genre, experimenting with some other sub-genres of metal and their musical influences. 

"Modus Vivendi" could be compared to the melodies of Iced Earth and the overall sound of Helloween. The strong songs of the album are the opener, "Anubis," which is very similar to Iron Maiden's "Powerslave." The fast-paced "Clearly Insane" is an outstanding track, probably the strongest example of an Iced Earth sound on the album. "Unwelcome Guest" has just an excellent guitar sound and a few nice leads as well. 

On the downside, a few of the songs on "Modus Vivendi" are a little too similar and repetitive after repeat listenings, but that has been the curse of other power metal bands as well. 

Overall, "Modus Vivendi" is an album to be remembered, and Tad Morose a band that will continue to be reckoned with in the future. 

Tad Morose: Urban Breed - vocals; Christer Andersson - guitars; Daniel Olsson - drums; Anders Modd - bass; Peter Moren - drums.

For more information, check out http://www.tadmorose.com.  

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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