Another sunny Tuesday in the Swiss mountains, and I’m enjoying Modern Monsters‘ latest EP, “Malice,” 19 minutes of good old-school alternative heavy rock music.
After listening to the entire EP multiple times today, what stands out for me is the music’s traditional origins and familiar influences. During your listen, you can hear Metallica, Alice in Chains, Radiohead, Red Fang, and Foo Fighters, performed with the necessary energy and attitude that one would expect from a live band. “Malice” offers a fresh take on 90s rock that will appeal to anyone who loves the era.
The American band’s musical foundation is built entirely on familiar 90s influences, blending alternative, stoner, blues, heavy rock, and metal. While the band’s approach is conventional, it results in a comfortable and familiar sound that’s easy to enjoy from start to finish. It seems that Modern Monsters wanted to build a character based on their live performance energy, and they succeeded in doing so. As a result, “Malice” delivers the same pleasure as hearing 90s rock on the radio.
On the technical side, the EP’s natural sounding energy is its strongest aspect. While the sound design isn’t particularly unique to Modern Monsters, it sounds great. The mix is live with massive headroom and dynamics, pulling the listener into the electrifying world of the EP. Overall, “Malice” is a flawless listen that provides great entertainment value.