Mode formed in 2001 in Oklahoma City as a punk/metal outfit. Their debut album is a raucous mixture of brutal riffs, angered vocals, and anarchy enticing lyrics. The band’s punk roots are evident, and their music will appeal to fans of Black Flag, Corrosion of Conformity, and the like. Embracing an anti-establishment message in their lyrics, Mode spreads their message like a shotgun blast through highly aggressive riffs and throat-shredding vocals. Anger and aggression are in no short supply on The Deafening Moment of Truth, from the opening chords of “”Leech”” to the closing note of “”Wigout + Die””. Vocalist (and drummer) Rich has an uncommon style that couldn’t be a better fit for the band’s ideology. “”Revolt”” is a song with a very catchy groove and some flavorful bass lines. “”It’s A Lie”” follows with some classic guitar licks and an old-school thrash vibe mixed with more modern stop-start riffing. Speaking of old-school thrash, the song “”Anthem””, my choice for top song on the album, feels like something right out of the Bay Area circa 1985. A heavy dose of doomy riffs and fuzzy licks keep it from sounding clichÃ©. Of course, the classic theme from “”The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”” is given an excellent lead guitar rendition on “”G.B.D.””. The guitar solos are sparse on The Deafening Moment of Truth, but Jody more than makes up for it on this instrumental track. Shawn’s bass is discernable throughout the album, but takes prominence on the anarchist anthem “”Pig Stomp””. Mode has an identity all their own, something rare among new bands in this day and age. The Deafening Moment of Truth is a solid debut and should definitely attract some well-deserved attention to this Oklahoma triple-threat.
Track Listing: 1) Leech 2:46 2) Anti 3:54 3) E.O.A. 2:51 4) Revolt 3:29 5) It’s A Lie 4:21 6) Anthem 4:38 7) G.B.D. 6:35 8) Pig Stomp 3:16 9) Stallin’ 4 Time 5:06 10) Wigout + Die 4:10
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