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Madina Lake - World War III

Amy Bangs
Amy Bangs 12 September at 17.24
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They're back from near-tragedy with album number three...

After an unjust break in their momentum (following the assault and subsequent recovery of bassist Matthew Leone last year), the sheer punch ‘World War III’ packs reaffirms Madina Lake as frontrunners in their scene. It’s noticeably darker than 09s ‘Attics To Eden’, but they’ve strategically kept their arrangements succinct and tight to keep their signature catchiness. There’s a polish in the production that does brush off the grit and edge from songs like ‘They’re Coming For Me’ and ‘Howdy Neighbor!’ but there is also something about the album’s slick sound that makes it an admirable push past adversity into a long-overdue bright future.

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