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Album Review

Over the past decade, Iowa has emerged as a surprisingly fertile incubator of shockingly heavy music. In early 2002, the small Central Iowa city of Marshalltown gave birth to Modern Life Is War, a band that draws equally on metal and hardcore influences and even (though you might not want to say so within earshot of any of its members) incorporates elements of emo in its approach to guitar sounds and chord progressions. The lyrics are mostly along the lines of "What's wrong with me, I don't know what happened and now I'm miserable," but there's an admirable element of forward-looking determination in these songs as well. Lines about enduring the pain and coming back to life and overcoming despair are all mixed in there with the breast-beating and cathartic bellowing. The vocals are something of a weak spot; unlike many punk vocalists, Jeff (true to hardcore form, all bandmembers are identified by first names only) really tends to yell at a particular pitch, and it's the same one on every song. That gets a bit tiresome by, oh, track eight. But overall, this band shows a lot of promise. [This edition includes two bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews


I cant decide which one of their albums is the best but this one, right now atleast, is my favorite. Favorite album of all time. Read the lyrics dont just listen to it.

you should buy it in stores

because it's that good


Yes the bonus track are off the s/t EP, and this was original released on Martyr Records, the LP was released on Lifeline Records.


Formed: 2002 in Marshalltown, IA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Modern Life Is War was formed in the small town of Marshalltown, IA, in 2002 by five friends — vocalist Jeffrey Eaton, bassist Chris Honeck, drummer Tyler Oleson, and guitarists John Eich and Matt Hoffman — who shared the same dream of starting their own D.I.Y. punk band and somehow escaping the sleepy town where they grew up. By the end of 2003, the hardcore outfit had released their first 7" single, recorded their debut album, My Love. My Way., and built a small fan base through constant...
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