ANGRY SONNETS FOR THE SOUL
ROCK BAND ENTERTAINMENT
Madlife merge the hard edge industrial metal with sanitized commercial rock sheen on their 11-track offering ANGRY SONNETS FOR THE SOUL. This Los Angeles based quartet borrows as much of their synthetic energy, six string crush and sequenced rhythmic movements from KMFDM and Marilyn Manson as they do Linkin Park to comprise a heavily effected thump (“Falling Apart”) that crams all the melody they can muster into the mix (“Little Ray of Sunshine”). This album has its fair amount of catchy choruses and angst-ridden anthemic riffs to keep the dance floor pumping (“Feeling Alone”) yet Madlife’s reheated formula wears thin after a few listens into a hodgepodge of electronically manipulated ‘90s alternative rock that you’ve heard before from the likes of Filter and Stabbing Westward.