Background/Info: Modal Citizan is an American formation claiming to be inspired by some 90s music. They previously released several digital singles and last year unleashed this debut album featuring nineteen songs.
Content: The 90s influences directly remind me of bands like Ministry, Skinny Puppy, NIN and co. It’s a rather ‘classic’ American Industrial sound driven by furious guitar play. There’s often a progression and alternation between slower- and faster passages, but the choruses are often exploding. Some songs remain driven by a pretty slow cadence. The vocals are passionate and totally matching with the sound.
+ + + : This is an interesting debut. Modal Citizan might be inspired by some 90s famous bands, but they still have something very personal. I especially refer to a song entitled “The Descent”, which is rather slow while carried by a deep, vibrating bass line creating a ‘sexy’ Industrial sound. In a more traditional style, “Objects (Narcissist)” and “Citizan Kane” are worth listening to. “Resentor (Evil Surprise)” is another more personal cut because of the somewhat Spanish sounding guitar mixed with some Electronic sequences.
– – – : Nineteen songs is quite a lot, but that’s not really a point; some songs are a bit too extended injecting a little bit of monotony after a while.
Conclusion: Modal Citizan doesn’t reinvent anything, but this band clearly has a potential.
Best songs: “The Descent”, “Citizan Kane”, “Resentor (Evil Surprise)”, “Objects (Narcissist)”, “The Diamong (If)”.