A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Something borrowed, both old and new. These words describe Australian hard rockers DrawCard's first full length disc, Modern Rivalry. Post-punk, grunge, rock, but isn't most every modern band given this nebulous (and bitter) description. While there's a sincere attempt at novelty and even creative eclecticism, there's a creepy sense of familiarity within Modern Rivalry. Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Taking Back Sunday with a sometimes near metal edge in Radio and It's On. And it's often all quite punkish as Waking Up trends. Modern Rivalry is a dovetailing of modern music predictability with hardcore, screamo, emo, and bits of metalcore for a strange brew. DrawCard gives you moments of intrigue with clarity and challenge as Understated (A Night of Sobering) will prove. But, ultimately, it is the moments and not the whole that satisfy. One, maybe two, listens to Modern Rivalry explains its conceptual core. However, you must listener carefully to avoid pigeon-holing this band into the cut-out bins of current modern music. Later, moving this work from hard drive to iPod may prove to be a struggle. Nevertheless, kudos to DrawCard and Modern Rivalry for unswerving attempt to both challenge and meet modern melodic hard rock expectations. Modern Rivalry is definitely good for one enjoyable listen.
Kudos to DrawCard and Modern Rivalry for unswerving attempt to both challenge and meet modern melodic hard rock expectations. Modern Rivalry is definitely good for one enjoyable listen.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]