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Tad Morose “Modus Vivendi” Century Media Records 2004 reviewed by: Ken Pierce

Track Listing

Track Listing:
1. Anubis
2. No Mercy
3. Afraid To Die
4. Clearly Insane
5. Cyberdome
6. Take On The World
7. Mother Shipton’s Words
8. Unwelcome Guest
9. Life In A Lonely Grave
10. When The Spirit Rules
Every now and again you find a group that you miss somehow. One such group that I had never heard of was Tad Morose from Sweden. The band was making an appearance with EdGuy in NYC on their way to the ProgPowerUSA Fest. After listening to the CD “Modus Vivendi” and also catching a live set I can only say one thing about these makers of molten metal……FANTASTIC!!! From start to finish this CD is an awesome piece of work. I enjoyed track after track from this Swedish Quintet and here are some highlights about it.

Tad Morose brings a special quality to the term power metal, as it is very old school in its sound yet can also be considered original in its delivery and overall vibe. The vocals of Urban Breed don’t rely much on the operatic styling as many of his peers are apt to do these days. Yet they hold well and powerful through track after track. He is also a killer frontman getting the audience rallied to the music in a live set. The bandmates providing a great backing vocal to his lead making the chorus sections that much more full and exciting. The lineup has changed a little for those who have been following the group. It now stands as Urban Breed (vocals), Christer Andersson (guitars), Anders Modd (bass), Peter Moren (Drums) and Daniel Olsson (Guitars).

Some parts of the CD have a definitive Savatage feel to them and guitarist Christer “Krunt” Andersson will be quick to cite the groups influencial nature as part of their sound. You will find this homage most prevalent in tracks like “Unwelcome Guest” and “Take On The World” (my favorite so far). Some of the heavier and faster numbers are “Mother Shiptons Words” and “Cyberdome”. As a metal fan, this is a CD that you should seek out, and a band that needs to play more shows in the USA. Give this a shot with the highest of recommendations from me. It is that good.


Rating: 9/10

Tad Morose Homepage: www.tadmorose.com

--Ken Pierce 11.04.04
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: TAD MOROSE
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Modus VivendiTad Morose
2004
Ken Pierce1/17/2005
Modus VivendiTad Morose
2003
Eric Compton1/5/2004
RevenantTad Morose
2013
Eric Compton2/20/2014


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: TAD MOROSE
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
St. DemoniusTad Morose
2015
Greg Watson10/9/2015


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: TAD MOROSE
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
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