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EP REVIEW: Voice of Addiction - Voice of Addiction
By Cyrus Rhodes - 08/01/2013 - 05:52 PM EDT

Artist: Voice of Addiction
Album: Voice of Addiction
Label: Voice of Addiction
Genre: Punk
Sounds Like: DropKick Murphys, Street Dogs, The Real McKenzies, The Tossers and Flatfoot 56
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Same Old Song, Modern day Meltdown
Weakness: EP release, a few winded songs
CD Review:

Keeping the frenzied punk-charged rock energy blazing as they continue to address the overriding political and social issues of the time, Chicago power trio Voice of Addiction follows the urgency of their 2011 full length set Reduce Reuse Resist with a dire warning of a Modern Day Meltdown on their latest four track EP. VOA hails from the WindyCity. Band members include: Ian-Vox/Bass Andy-Drums and Kyle-Guitar.

The EP literally explodes in your face with “Daley Struggle” a rocked out intro piece that serves up driving rock rhythm, against rocking guitar groove, infectious harmonies and catchy chorus. This track takes a jab at former mayor Richard M. Daley – nice play on words fellas. Track 2 “Modern day Meltdown’ keeps things moving with its slamming guitar groove against melodic vocals and dynamic groove. This coupled with thought provoking lyrical content makes for an impressive slam dunk follow-up statement. Track 3 “Same Old Song” serves up a more full throttle action with emotionally charged ditty, heartfelt vocals from Ian against slamming rhythm guitar and dynamic musical flow that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the EP slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical influences reminiscent of such classic acts as DropKick Murphys, Street Dogs, The Real McKenzies, The Tossers and Flatfoot 56. The music itself is a hot to the touch classic High Octane Punk. – urban style. You will also notice amazing guitar licks, interesting lyrics, solid low end grooves against melodic heartfelt vocals and harmonies all built upon a thick as a brick rythem section. The songs themselves are short and sweet musical experiences. Ian’s vocals above the bar on all songs vocally and fills the sonic space unobtrusively and delivers everything you would expect. Equally as impressive is the hot to the touch guitar playing from Kyle with several impressive blues riffs served a mach speeds and impressive soling. The overall 4 piece delivery is effective and possessing a high octane vibe and I ahve no doubt the live setting in where it's at. The writing and playing abilities of this dynamic duo are rock solid. The EP ends with Track 4 ”Jevenescene” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.    I typically deduct 1 star for EP release. The Full Length CD release is the more complete snapshot to judge an artists by at any given time.  All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Drummer Andy needs to lay off the double bass action just a bit. Doubke bass abd Punk seem like an odd pairing to me.   

Overall the latest EP Modern Day Meltdown from “Voice of Addiction” is a consistent rock solid release. Indeed this band has proven themselves as real contenders with a Gold Standard EP release on the streets and they show much in the way of promise with extreme potential as this Summer unflods.  At the end of the day – they are a just a fun band to listen to, hang out with or check out live. This release clearly proves where there is smoke - there is fire. Where there is Fire – yep we're in Chicago.

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