After this All Star-band already had presented us with a first taster of their sound with their self-titled mini-album, we now have the first full opus with "Prince Valium" and, as already expected, absolutely convincing. Logan Mader (Ex-MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY) and Whitfield Crane (Ex-UGLY KID JOE and LIFE OF AGONY) are the main men of MEDICATION and already in their former bands we could see how experienced they deal with their mission as musicians.
But the other guys, Roy Mayorga (Ex-SOULFLY and in the meantime again full member of Max Cavalera's gang), B. Blunt (Ex-ADAYINTHELIFE) and Kyle Sanders (Ex-PIECE DOGS and SKREW) are no second in their performances and complete this very prominent line-up. Hosh Freese (Ex-Chris Cornell, GUNS N'ROSES, INFECTIOUS GROOVES,...) is filling the void that Roy Mayorga had created and recorded the drums on this album. Musically MEDICATION is a lot more modern than the former bands and projects of the single musicians and exactly hits the pulse of time.
Apart from "Under Water" and "Need To Never" all songs of the 5-tracker found their way onto "Prince Valium" and show how simple, but still effective and catchy songs can be composed. Sure, you won't find any groundbreaking news with MEDICATION, but because of the great professionalism this does not weigh heavy and lets "Prince Valium" go into heavy rotation. The catchiness of the Americans is damn big, so soon you cannot escape the spell of this release anymore.
The powerful sound, which took shape under the hands of Bill Kennedy (already worked with MONSTER MAGNET and NINE INCH NAILS) and Logan Mader, is the crown on top of the already excellent songs, giving the album punch without end. This also impressively proves that not only bands with a major contract can have a good production, but also smaller labels, like the Spanish Locomotive Music, can unleash a smasher par excellence.
We'll have to wait and see how long they can keep MEDICATION, though, because with an album like "Prince Valium" it should not take long before bigger labels knock on the door, trying to sign this band. If Logan Mader and Whitfield Crane manage to keep this band alive long enough, then we already can look forward to their second epos. (Online November 4, 2002)