Modern Life is War: Iowa metal Saturday at Gabe’s

Modern Life is War
In 2013, Modern Life is War released their first album in six years. — photo by Becca Nguyen

Metalheads take note: Gabe’s is hosting five talented bands for $15 this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The show will be headlined by Marshalltown, Iowa favorites Modern Life Is War (MLIW) and Land Of Blood And Sunshine, and opened by home-grown artists Brooks Strause and Los Voltage. The S&M Music Company, formerly known as Deep Cuts, is also on the bill, and should look to bring some of their Texas flair to an otherwise all-Iowa lineup.

Modern Life Is War will be the band to watch. They had a stretch from 2003-2007 where they released three standout records, only to go on hiatus at their peak. MLIW built their success distinguishing themselves from your standard hardcore band by using unorthodox song structures and rarely incorporating breakdowns. The original lineup finally returned last year with Fever Hunting, their first album in six years. Pitchfork gave the album a glowing review, arguing that the band still lives up to it’s own lasting influence. Expect the quintet to put on a great show, proving they didn’t skip a beat during their absence.

The supporting cast is no slouch either. Land Of Blood And Sunshine will be promoting their recent release Servants Of Light, which will follow your more traditional hardcore sound of short songs, breakdowns, and high aggression. Picking up the slack are Brooks Strause and Los Voltage, who always put on a good show for their hometown.

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