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VOICE OF ADDICTION – ‘The Lost Art Of Empathy’ Album Review

VOICE OF ADDICTION – The Lost Art Of Empathy

voice-of-addictionVoice Of Addiction are politically charged and socially conscious Chicago based punk-rockers. They has been around over a decade doing 1,200 shows across the U.S. & Canada. Having five official releases & independently selling 6,500 physical copies (as well as being involved in countless compilations) these boys have proven they are a force to be reckoned with.

The new full-length album, The Lost Art Of Empathy, and a feature length documentary are due to be released on July 26th 2017. The opener Rustbelt is a great punk rock anthem with a superb chorus and it has elements of Green Day as well as Bad Religion. It is followed by the heavy duel vocal interplay of Dead By Dawn where the band display a skate-punk vibe with some 100mph drums and massive riffs.

Voice Of Addiction are the real deal with a message to deliver and they induce some serious moshpit action with the excellent Unity with serrated guitar and an Oi! Style chorus with some great bass guitar intervals. The 4th track of 12 on this punk rock classic of an album is Petty Schemes where the stuttering start launches into a well oiled punk rock machine. It is followed with Corporate Pariah where an emo-tinged vocal is supported by chords strummed gently on the guitar, joined by military drums and then propels into a brilliantly delivered ska/punk extravaganza…WOW!

The melodic guitar intro to Lockwood leads into rollicking rocker with some subtle hints of a ska approach and I Can’t Breathe is more in your face punk rock that is explored further on Everything Must Go.

The band are tight and experiment with the punk rock genre as evidenced on Ad Nauseum where the extended intro adds some excellent band work. Eviction Notice also sees a bass heavy extended introduction before unleashing a frenzied skate-punk track. The second to last song, Alcorn Queen, showcases some bass riffs and hardcore vocals with a nod to Offspring.

Closing with Are We Even Human Anymore, Voice Of Addiction surprise with a vocal plus acoustic guitar driven ballad detailing a tour of the West Coast, Midwest with some funny lyrics and some poignant words that touched the heart – we are in this together folks and Voice Of Addiction are ready to lead the singing.

Check out the excellent The Lost Art Of Empathy here: https://voiceofaddiction.bandcamp.com/album/the-lost-art-of-empathy-2

 

 

 

 

 

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