Modern Monsters – ‘Malice’ EP


Hailing from the Bay Area, Modern Monsters‘ hard-rocking energy is enjoyably abundant throughout their Malice EP. The release serves as “an expression of disdain towards societal issues, unchecked power, two-part justice systems, distractions from introspection and perilous love,” per the band.

Opener “March 3rd, ’91” intrigues with its spoken-word vocal swell, raucously rising as distorted guitars invigorate. “You’ll never see your family again,” the vocals let out menacingly, with another soaring ascent enveloping thereafter. A dexterous guitar solo approaching the three-minute turn adds further ardency. Another anthemic vocal push concludes the track with satiating allure.

The peppier “Road to Nowhere” kickstarts with an electrified, dexterous guitar lead — matched by subsequent vocal excitement that escalates into a crunchy, exhilarating chorus. “Driving for miles on a road to nowhere,” leads into another suave guitar emphasis, bridging the chorus and verse with cohesive charm. The bass-hopping sequence past the two-minute mark builds into a brightly charismatic guitar solo, again emphasizing the band’s knack for catching structural turns with guitar-forward emphasis.

The closing “Greed Machine” channels an ’80s rock embrace, with muscle-y guitars and impassioned vocals centering around an irresistible title-touting chorus. This is a fun, fantastic closer to an EP that wholly satisfies in its ardent, hook-forward heavy rock sound.

“Road to Nowhere” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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