MISERY INDEX
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Misery Index is an American death metal band formed in 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland by Jason Netherton (bass, vocals), Mike Harrison (guitar, vocals) and Kevin Talley (drums). Some say the band is named after Assück's last album of the same name (1996), however the socio-political theme featured in many of the lyrics also point towards the economic term (both increasing inflation and unemployment result in the rise of the misery index). As of 2006, its line-up consists of Jason Netherton (bass, vocals), Sparky Voyles (guitar), Mark Klöppel (guitar) and Adam Jarvis (drums).

Their music is best described as death metal with strong hardcore and grindcore influences. Their vein of music is often said to resemble their fellow Maryland death metal outfit Dying Fetus, as Netherton and Voyles are former members of the band. Misery Index's lyrical subject matter is quite left-wing, often coinciding with anarcho-punk aesthetic and focusing mostly on
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Retaliate
Death Metal 2003
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Discordia
Death Metal 2006
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Traitors
Death Metal 2008
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Heirs To Thievery
Death Metal 2010
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The Killing Gods
Death Metal 2014

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Overthrow
Death Metal 2001
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Created to Kill
Death Metal 2002
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Misery Index / Commit Suicide
Death Metal 2002
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Structure of Lies / Misery Index
Death Metal 2003
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Dissent
Death Metal 2004
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Misery Index / Bathtub Shitter
Death Metal 2006
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Hang Em High
Death Metal 2007
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Ruling Class Cancelled
Death Metal 2008
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Siberian / Thus the Beast Decapitated
Death Metal 2011

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Live in Munich
Death Metal 2013

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Death Metal 2008
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Pulling Out the Nails
Death Metal 2010

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Death Metal 2004

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MISERY INDEX The Killing Gods

Album · 2014 · Death Metal
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"The Killing Gods" is the 5th full-length studio album by US death metal act Misery Index. The album was released through Season of Mist in May 2014. It´s been a couple of years since the release of "Heirs To Thievery (2010)", but Misery Index have kept busy with a label change from Relapse Records to Season of Mist, touring, the "Siberian / Thus the Beast Decapitated (2011)" split, and the "Live in Munich (2013)" live album. And there´s also been a lineup change since the preceeding studio album as guitarist John "Sparky" Voyles has been replaced by Darin Morris.

With Misery Index you always know that you are going to get technically well played and fiercely aggressive brutal death metal with nods toward deathgrind, and while that´s also the case on "The Killing Gods", which generally is an album that takes no prisoners, I still think Misery Index have developed their sound in a slightly more melodic direction here. The new melodic sensibility is in large part due to new guitarist Darin Morris, who plays some delightfully melodic leads, but there are also melodic guitar themes and short atmospheric sections featured on the album that, compared to earlier releases by the band, bring a fresh sound to "The Killing Gods". It´s just a spice though, so don´t fear that Misery Index aren´t going to beat you up like they normally do. "The Killing Gods" features beating up guarantee.

Musically these guys are a tight nit unit. Fast precision playing, aggressive intelligible growling, Sharp rhythmic assault, and relentessly aggressive riffing, which alternate between death, grind, and thrashy styled playing. To my ears drummer Adam Jarvis needs a special mention for his powerful and varied playing, and even though the drums and bass aren´t as well produced and dominant in the soundscape as they were on "Heirs To Thievery (2010)", it´s still obvious that the two guys playing them are top class musicians. Regarding the sound production in general, I think it´s a notch down in quality from the sound production on the predecessor, but "The Killing Gods" is still a very well produced and powerful sounding album.

If tracks like the title track and "The Weakener" don´t make you want to go on an adrenaline fueled rampage I´m sure nothing will. Ultimately the strength of "The Killing Gods" is how well the band are able to balance their fierce aggression and brutality with touches of melody and catchy hooks (the opening five tracks even form a concept, which is a relatively sophisticated move in music this brutal). In that discipline Misery Index are number 1. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

MISERY INDEX Dissent

EP · 2004 · Death Metal
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The Dissent EP served as my introduction to the recording career of Misery Index. I first saw them at a gig they played in Oshawa, Ontario. In spite of the sparse attendance, they put on a great show, and managed to win a fan. I quickly grabbed a CD copy of this release off them, as this is what they were promoting at the time.

It’s a brief recording, so my description of it is as well. The EP is mostly built on tracks forming a piece titled (as one should guess) “Dissent”. The exception is “Defector (Thinning The Herd)”.

“Sheep and Wolves” kicks off the EP at a slow pace with a slice of sludge, but the pace picks up on “Exception to the Ruled” brings more aggressive playing and more varied tempo. The third track, “The Imperial Ambition”, is probably the most straightforward but still entertaining track here, and drummer Kevin Talley shines with his strong blasting ability and double bass work. Pretty much from the third track on there are no surprises, featuring a consistent, no-nonsense blend of death metal, hardcore, and a bit of grind.

I regret not buying the vinyl edition of this EP. I haven’t heard it, but it contains a cover of Minor Threat’s “Screaming at a Wall” that is not on the CD.

Nice EP, and easy to please fans of high-tempo metal looking for a quick fix.

MISERY INDEX Heirs To Thievery

Album · 2010 · Death Metal
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"Heirs To Thievery" is the 4th full-length studio album by US death metal act Misery Index. The album was released in May 2010 by Relapse Records.

The music on the 11 track, 34:21 minute long album is a combination of death metal, grindcore and deathcore. No matter what you choose to tag the music the key element in the band´s sound is relentless and fierce aggression. These guys are angry and they´ve chosen to write music that succesfully channels that anger. If you ever need a kick in the ass or a slap in the face, I suggest you put on "Heirs To Thievery". The music on this album is so powerful it threatens to blow you to pieces. While the pace in the songs is usually fast to blasting, Misery Index more than masters playing heavier riffs too. Take a listen to the mid-paced heavy "The Seventh Cavalry" for proof of that. The songs are pretty simple in structure ( yet full of little details) and very effective in terms of powerful delivery but they are also quite memorable. Hooks in extreme metal are a luxury, but Misery Index deliver one memorable hook after the other on "Heirs To Thievery". And we´re not necessarily talking melodic hooks. It´s how the rythms in the vocals and the riffs are delivered that matters here. Not that there are no melodic elements in the songs, because there are melodic lead fills here and there, but the focus is on crushingly brutal riffs and fierce aggression.

The musicianship on the album is excellent. We´re talking razor sharp riffing and precision drumming. The vocals vary between deep growls and aggressive raw vocals. The latter has a "core" edge to them.

The production is very powerful. One of the things I noticed upon first listen was how high the drums are in the mix and to great effect IMO.

"Heirs To Thievery" more than delivers what I had hoped for. Actually I was a bit afraid that the "core" element in the band´s sound would have an effect on how much I could appreciate the album, but the dose of "core" elements is just right. Misery Index fortunately avoid many of the clichés in deathcore and when they pull out a breakdown or some other feature that you would normally associate with that genre it works. I can´t give a scientific explanation to how come that is, but these guys just know how to write effective extreme metal, that you won´t come across very often. A 4 - 4.5 star rating is deserved.

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