Formed in 1998, Perth based progressive metal band Modus Vivendi only completed their line up in September 2000 - a month before their debut performance. Since their inaugural gig, Modus Vivendi has enjoyed a rapid rise within the Perth metal scene. Interest in the band has been attributed to their well crafted songs, intricate instrumental interludes and high level of individual technical ability.
"The style is
progressive metal with odd time signatures in the vein of Symphony X,
but a touch darker, a touch heavier and less symphonic. Lots of staccato
riffs, heaps of rhythm changes and grooves, with some electronic sounds.
There are many influences ranging from funk to jazz to a touch of neo-classical.
Vocals are clean and catchy, between mid-high with a hit of aggression."
- Emanuel Rudnicki, Silent Edge Magazine.
Modus Vivendi was given the honour of supporting US instrumental progressive metal band Planet X (comprising ex-Dream Theater keyboard player Derek Sherinian, guitarist Tony McAlpine, Australian born drummer Virgil Donati and Dixie Dregs bass player Dave La Rue) on the Perth leg of their 2001 Australian Tour. Unfortunately, the promoter cancelled all support acts for the remainder of Planet X's 2001 Australian Tour at the last minute.
Modus Vivendi have recorded one 3 - track E.P.. The effort began humbly as an informal home recording on a Roland VS-880 8-track recorder. Surprised by the quality of the recording, the band decided to use the recorded material as the basis of their debut CD - The Power of Suggestion. The Power of Suggestion was mixed and mastered by renowned Perth sound engineer Aidan Barton and was officially launched on 13 July 2001 at the Amplifier Bar.
Modus Vivendi reviews can be found on the reviews page.