Misery Index
Traitors


3.5
great

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
October 25th, 2008 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Can I help you sir? I will take a fresh helping of death metal, served with a side dish of hardcore along with a sprinkling of familiarity that warms the insides and makes for one happy customer.

As far as death metal purists are concerned, albums such as Traitors may be enough to calm the legions of fans in a time where death metal has been ripped apart, rebuilt, and mixed with as many annoying sub-genre traits as one can handle. Deathcore, metalcore, mallcore, and whatever ridiculous tags have been given to such genre mashing bands, Misery Index are no [T]raitors to the death metal throne on this album despite their potent mix of hardcore and bits of grind. Leaving off from the rather bland affair of Discordia, which found the band muddling around with an all too familiar death-grindy-core kind of sound, Traitors is an album packed full of tightly wound death metal blasting, hardcore chugs, and an equally impressive display of musical virtuosity.

What is most impressive about this album is the fact that Misery Index have come along way since Discordia. Everything that was bland about their older sound has been completely left out to dry. Instead, the band have made their potential moments off their last offering come out singing (or growling). The death metal elements provide even more meatier hooks, an added abundance of complicated intricate riffs, and even a few moments of lead guitar melodies and solos. For a great example of this type death metal done right, check out the song ‘Theocracy’ for a taste of all the above-mentioned pros. As far the hardcore elements are concerned, they’ve been integrated in a fashion that joins these sub-genre traits effortlessly, providing for some improved chugging moments, barked and growled vocals, and slow tempo changeups that could cause cerebral haemorrhaging. The grind characteristics come fast (like a good grind song should be) and are once again seamlessly incorporated into their barrage of brutality. All of these fine characteristics are topped off with a great sense of social commentary on anything and everything surrounding the problems that face the United States today such as capitalist pigs, politicians, and religion (even the amazingly artistic cover art provides a glimpse into the mayhem contained on this beast as well). This meal is served to fill you up with a hearty sense that all is well in the death metal community.

Unfortunately, familiarity comes with the price of monotony and there are moments on this that cause the album to have some filler. Despite a step up from Discordia, Misery Index fall into some of there comfort zones a little too much with bland riffs scattered about and a somewhat same-y feel by the time the album is finished. Songs such as ‘Ruling Class Cancelled’ and ‘The Arbiter’ make no claims of progression from Discordia and could be considered filler, depending on how ambitious the listener is. Since this is death metal first and foremost, this could be a chore for some metal enthusiasts, but there should be enough here to sustain one’s metal listening interests for a solid forty minute death metal experience. These are all minor quibbles about an album that has more sustenance then trans-fat that listeners should be able to see through and take for a healthy diet of death metal served with a bit of fat to trim.

As far as Misery Index have come since 2006, they have succeeded on all fronts of improving and integrating their elements together into a real treat for death metal enthusiasts in 2008. Familiarity has its prices to pay, but what the listener has here is some top-notch musicianship that could satisfy even the most ignorant minded death metal heads. Traitors might not go down as the most original death metal release of 2008 (that honour, hands down, goes to Arghoslent’s Hornets of the Pogrom), but they sure created an album that will bide our time until their next release. “Will there be dessert on tonight’s menu”? “No, just a main course meal”.



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SnackaryBinx
October 25th 2008


2309 Comments


to be honest, where the hell are you going with the summary? that confused me.

robin
Emeritus
October 25th 2008


4249 Comments


you write really well.

Wizard
October 25th 2008


19508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks goes out to masscows for his 'Deathgrind' descritpion (in his Discordia review) that I thought fit this band perfectly (and that I kind of touched on in the review too).

Enjoy the review. I've listened to this about 6-7 times in the last few days. Confident about the rating.

Why is this under Punk? Metal!This Message Edited On 10.25.08

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Wizard
October 25th 2008


19508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

to be honest, where the hell are you going with the summary? that confused me.


Read the rest of the review and see how I tied the theme of 'food' in. Shitty metaphor, I know.

you write really well.

Oh come on.................*blushing*.



BallsToTheWall
October 25th 2008


44620 Comments


I've been waiting to hear this for some time. nice review, Misery Index fuckign slay.

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bastard
October 25th 2008


3435 Comments


good review wizard, not really a fan of deathcore, but this sounds good.

BallsToTheWall
October 25th 2008


44620 Comments


Well this isn't really deathcore but you should really check out this band because they are really good.

beans
October 25th 2008


2332 Comments


summary owns

Wizard
October 25th 2008


19508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not really a fan of deathcore

THIS IS NOT DEATHCORE. AT ALL. It just tastefully uses hardcore.

summary owns


I was debating if I should go down that route but I'm glad someone liked it. Thank you muchly.



bastard
October 25th 2008


3435 Comments


THIS IS NOT DEATHCORE. AT ALL. It just tastefully uses hardcore.


ok good, then I will check this out...

Wizard
October 25th 2008


19508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahahaha I will never review deathcore. I could not think of anything to write that hasn't already been written before about the genre.

halloway
October 25th 2008


684 Comments


that is an awesome album cover.

BallsToTheWall
October 25th 2008


44620 Comments


Wizard. Get the new album from Book Of Black Earth. it's fucking immense and i'm trying to write one up for it.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2008


8010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review, the album rips

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Slaytan
October 25th 2008


1186 Comments


I think its about time that I give Misery Index a chance. I've heard quite a bit about them but I've never picked anything up. Good job wizzzzz.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2008


17222 Comments


review was most epic.
I liked about half of Discordia so I'll give this a try.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2008


17920 Comments


i like how people only call something deathcore if they don't like it

masscows
October 25th 2008


2236 Comments


I heard a few songs off of this and they were pretty boring

Ghosts of Catalonia is fucking AWESOME though

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2008


17222 Comments


Chan are you trying to get into another genre argument?This Message Edited On 10.25.08

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2008


17920 Comments


nope just an observation



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