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CD REVIEW: Voice of Addiction - Reduce, Reuse, Resist

By: Cyrus Rhodes





Artist: Voice of Addiction

CD: Reduce, Reuse, Resist

Label: Independent Artist

Website: http://voiceofaddiction.com/fr_home.cfm

Genre: Punk Rock, Rock

Sounds Like: Social Distortion, Green Day, Rancid

Technical Grade: 910

Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Decision Street, Constant Pollution, Jo-C  

Weakness: Ska Horns? 1 Winded Song




Chicago punk rock trio Voice of Addiction releases their fourth release in 2011 entitled “Reduce, Reuse, Resist” Voice of Addiction was founded by lifelong pals and musical mates, Ian Tomele (lead vocals, bass) and Jeff Walschon (guitar, backing vocals). The band is known for their high energy live performances around the North East part of the country.


The CD explodes in your face with intro piece “Wrecking Ball” a hard hitting intro piece that hits hard with its thrashing folksy punk rock rhythms, thunderous guitar chords & psychotic punk rock groove. Track 2 delivers more of the same raw intensity with “Constant Pollution” an aggressive follow up piece that serves up methodical intro, tenacious style and no holds barred lyrical content. Track 3 “September Remembered” shifts gears a bit with its melodic guitar, methodical musical build and dynamic vocal intensity from lead singer Tomele. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Social Distortion, The Clash, Flogging Molly, Rancid to old school Suicidal Tendencies & even Green Day. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane power driven punk CD. The musical style refuses to be pinned down, the vocals are gritty & are deep in your grill, & the guitar playing is hot to the touch. Make no bones about it – this is total mosh-pit madness. The songs themselves are reckless & packed to the hilt with mob hit intensity & lyrical content straight from the streets. Ian Tomele’s vocal style works extremely well with respect to this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery that reminds me allot of Brian Johnson (AC/DC), Gene Simmons (Kiss) and Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day). I might add his timing is spot on and & his guitar playing is to the touch and his vocal intensity will make your head spin. I also heard some impressive solo guitar work along the way. Rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its sheer intensity; note for note & song for song. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. From rocking “Jo-C” & “Mother” to melodic “Revolutions” to grooving “Warriors” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. A few of the songs let it all hang out like with red hot intensity like “Decision Street”, “System Control” and “Bombs Away.” The CD ends with "Need Change” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.


It’s hard to find any noticeable weaknesses with this CD. Track 2 takes a bit too long to develop & drags you to the finish line.  I also wish there were more Ska-type horns in the line-up to make the CD a tad less repetitive. This could have been done without compromising the hard rock foundation.


This latest release from Voice of Addiction is a solid & consistent debut CD from start to finish. Its strength – the raw song for song intensity that keeps coming at you. No doubt these guys are a total riot to check out live in the back clubs of Chicago. The music is dirty, but rock solid, heavy & consistent. Like a heavy weight fighter this CD packs a powerful punch, & goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up. Like a 1-2 punch the song keep coming at you, one after the other until you’re ready to tap out. The messages are intense & straight from the streets of Chicago & may cause your ears to bleed - So BEWARE!


Cyrus Rhodes