Feb 2012 05

Method Cell - Curse of a Modern AgeMethod Cell
Category: Electro / Industrial
Album: Curse of a Modern Age
Stars: 3
Blurb: An up-tempo collection of high energy and charismatic electro/industrial songs compose this standard but well made debut album.


UK electro/industrial unit Method Cell brings us the debut album Curse of a Modern Age, and with it brings some up-tempo and danceable dark grooves. While the lyrics and instrumentation are both well done and well delivered, the album does suffer in some spots due to the similarities in melody and sound shared by some of the songs. Still, Curse of a Modern Age is a fine-tuned debut. The first half of the album is very similar in tempo and vocal tone while the second half picks up and carries you through a bit more diversity.

Method Cell opens up the album with “Push” and with good effect as it’s one of the album’s stronger songs. With the utterance of the title throughout the song’s chorus, it sucks you into the song itself and makes you feel it. Unfortunately, “Call It Cutting” and “Curse of a Modern Age” share very similar vocal melodies, a problem that is frequent throughout the rest of the album. This applies to the drums as well, although “Curse of a Modern Age” succeeds because of its strong hook. “Scissors” is one of the songs that breaks the vocal melody monotony and is a bit harder edged than some of the other offerings, while “Drop Dead” shares in this aggression and also gives the album a little more diversity of sound. The Razorblade mix of “Call It Cutting” attempts to give another image to the song, but unfortunately, it shares too much with the original to stand alone. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Coma mix of “Curse of a Modern Age” totally re-imagines the song as a slower, almost ballad-like presentation and gives a good round out for the listener.

Originally released on Rebco Records and now signed to WTII, the execution of the music on Curse of a Modern Age is good, but almost too formulaic as some songs come very close to being the same. Despite that, this is an enjoyable album with nice up-tempo rhythm and vocals that do what they intend well. A lot of potential is shown here and it will be interesting to see where Method Cell takes their sound in the future.
Track list:

  1. Push
  2. Call It Cutting
  3. Curse of a Modern Age
  4. Blame Me (The Curse pt.1)
  5. Shout Out (The Curse pt.2)
  6. Scissors
  7. Believe
  8. Conviction (Rush_v2)
  9. Drop Dead
  10. Your Weakness
  11. Call It Cutting (Razorblade Mix)
  12. Curse of a Modern Age (Coma Mix)

Method Cell Website http://methodcell.com
Method Cell MySpace http://www.myspace.com/methodcell
Method Cell Facebook http://www.facebook.com/MethodCell
Method Cell Twitter http://www.twitter.com/methodcell
Method Cell ReverbNation http://www.reverbnation.com/methodcell
WTII Records Website http://www.wtiirecords.com
WTII Records MySpace http://www.myspace.com/wtIIrecords
WTII Records Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/WTII-Records-LLC/118624595174
WTII Records Twitter http://twitter.com/WTIIRecords
Rebco Records Website http://www.myspace.com/rebco
Purchase at:
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Ovis Terrell Ross (TreverAeonIO)

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