Medicine Wheel

Immoral Fabric

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With the release of this significantly improved second release, Medicine Wheel demonstrated that they could do more than '80s metal imitations. With a heavier, tighter sound, Immoral Fabric still draws from '80s and early-'90s influences, but of a much higher order. Fans of King's X and the Cult will admire the soulful musicianship demonstrated by returning members Marc Ferrari (guitars), Robbie Harrington (bass), Danny Gill (guitars), and Ray Luzier (drums). New vocalist Keith St. John replaces Michael Mulholland, bringing out an updated, more dynamic side of Medicine Wheel that listeners familiar with the band's debut will be shocked (and delighted) to hear. When Mulholland left, he took the band's '80s commercial metal posturing and overall derivative flavor with him. Suddenly sounding like a band of their own decade, shades of Smashing Pumpkins, Creed, and Alice in Chains can be detected among Immoral Fabric's ten cuts. Musically, lyrically, and conceptually superior to their debut, Medicine Wheel's second release is an interesting, practically unknown contribution to alt-rock that's as surprising as it is rich.

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