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Modestep - 'Evolution Theory'

A combination of neck-snapping metal and brostep riffing was never likely to be a subtle beast

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A combination of neck-snapping metal and brostep riffing was never likely to be a subtle beast, but Modestep’s debut album ‘Evolution Theory’ sets a new standard in block-headed beats. Whether you like it or not will probably depend on whether you consider The Prodigy to be a bit understated in their approach. Almost every sound here is precision-tooled for maximum obnoxious effect, from the precipitous bass drops on ‘Sunlight’ to the jagged guitar attack of ‘Freedom’. But such singular thinking makes for a monotonous listen and after five minutes you may be screaming for relief, melodic or otherwise.
Ben Cardew
5 / 10

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