Chi-town band Voice of Addiction come at you with a jackhammer punk-rock energy elevated by prog-rock sensibilities––and the musicianship to pull it off. We’re talking gnarly guitar tones and dynamic drumming that, as in “Dead By Dawn,” navigates tricky transitions and tempo changes. Interestingly, the band’s caustic vocal style sometimes features harmonies (“Rustbelt”). The consistent drawback we find with the band’s recordings, however, is a fatal tendency to do too much, invest each song with a complexity of elements that stray from the tune’s basic core. We find “Petty Schemes” to be the band’s most successful outing—it is less ambitious; it’s fun, rebellious and stays pure and unmuddled to the end.
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