Misery Signals
Controller


4.5
superb

Review

by Danie USER (9 Reviews)
January 18th, 2009 | 115 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They never really have us if we just keep breathing.

Misery Signals release their fourth album, Controllers, produced by Devin Townsend. The line-up reads as follows:

Vocalist: Karl Schubach
Guitarists: Ryan Morgan and Stuart Ross
Drummer: Branden Morgan
Bass: Kyle Johnson

Controllers really is the complete package when it comes to metalcore, sporting relentless screaming combined with catchy choruses, simplistic lyricism that almost goes unmatched, atmospheric riffing and excellent drumming. To top that off, there is an element of progression present too, with the implementation of ambient sections (most notably on the final two tracks).

Firstly I’d like to touch on the unique atmosphere that Misery Signals create in their music. The melodic guitar riffs create an almost dreamlike feel, accompanied by drums that never seem out of place or ambitious, playing second fiddle to the guitars but never slacking. The sporadic ambient sections, contribute to the atmosphere greatly. Karl pulls his weight with introspective, yet crushing vocals. The drums and guitars acts as a unit for the most part, they merge flawlessly, with a couple of guitar solos to be found on the album. The aforementioned aspects that Misery Signals incorporate, is evident in the first track, Nothing, the epitome of what Controllers is all about.

Karl has an unique, powerful scream and the vocals do not get tedious or monotonous at any point on the album. Delicious screaming, clean singing and spoken vocals feature throughout. His clean singing during choruses were superb (A Certain Death, Ebb And Flow). Another plus point is that the vocals are actually comprehendible by merely listening, there’s no need to read lyrics. This is obviously not a fateful aspect of a metalcore band today, but a bonus I appreciated nonetheless.

The lyrics of the album is simplistic yet compelling (encouraged by the fact that I can relate to them personally). I almost feel obliged to quote some of the lyrics. Basically the entire first track, Nothing, is an amazingly written piece, the track culminates when Karl screams “I’d give anything, to return to the nothing from which I came.” A significant moment in the song and on the album for me. The track Parallells with, “Our fate unfolding. Is there something more than the roles we play?” Set In Motion with, “Let's make history stop. When there's nothing left. We'll be fed our father's dreams.” These are only some of Misery Signals’ mind blowing semantics.

Misery Signals have the ability to pull off surreal choruses, prime examples are the tracks A Certain Death and Ebb And Flow. Both of these tracks have memorable choruses, glorified by intense build ups - roughly two minutes long in each of the respective songs. The contrast is striking, an unrelenting two minute build-up, then the gentle chorus graces your ears and transports you to a musical utopia. The choruses throughout the album are very rewarding, containing good clean singing, heart tugging lyrics and catchy melody.

To conclude, Controllers is a superb metalcore album, with the ability to provoke deep emotion, satisfy the hardcore crowd without sacrificing melody, and pull of amazing choruses. Each track has something unique to offer, and the album should be listened to in its entirety.



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lucazade22
January 18th 2009


532 Comments


My album of the year hehe

Couldn't agree with you more!!!

"Labyrinthian" and "Set in Motion" are my personal faves.

hykinix
January 18th 2009


188 Comments


I'll say that I disagree with the rating you've given this, only in respect to the fact that I've listened to a diverse array of similar and dissimilar metal for many years and find this to be nothing short of generic metalcore with some good riffing.

I'd give this a 3.

hykinix
January 19th 2009


188 Comments


Nice rebuttal.

Where's the originality in this? am I missing something totally fresh and spectacular? Didn't say the review was poorly written or anything of that sort, just saying the music is overhyped.

Hawks
January 19th 2009


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree with everything you just said.

playswithpassion
January 19th 2009


276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This CD is raw and Misery Signals have always been doing my hometown proud...I love this band.This Message Edited On 01.19.09

Danie
January 19th 2009


54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it. Reddannihilation, very good points you made. hmm Don't sync up? Care to explain?

Danie
January 19th 2009


54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah that's kinda true. -.- I'll keep that in mind, thanks.

Mikedrummer
January 19th 2009


276 Comments


i want to check these guys out now. is the guitar good?

Danie
January 19th 2009


54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah. You should check out Labyrinthian and Coma, it features some neat guitar work.

hykinix
January 19th 2009


188 Comments


This album's still a lot more structured than some of their previous stuff.

Maybe I'll give it another spin since the consensus is that I'm totally incorrect.

SnackaryBinx
January 19th 2009


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

only a fucking idiot thinks this is generic

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 19th 2009


17946 Comments


is the guitar good?

Essence
January 19th 2009


3595 Comments


I still find this album extremely dull with the genericore screams and mallcore sings

st4ytrue
January 19th 2009


279 Comments


I'd say MS is pretty generic, mostly because of the genre they choose to play. There is extremely little space to innovate with this stuff, despite how you arrange your songs its going to sound like another band doubtlessly.

IntoTheFire
January 19th 2009


89 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

naw

AngelPhoenix
January 19th 2009


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is some of the best metalcore in creation.

Hawks
January 19th 2009


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah it is. And Of Malice and the Magnum Heart is even better.

Danie
January 20th 2009


54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've never listened to Of Malice And The Magnum Heart, perhaps I should give it a go. Is that rhetorical mockery I detect, Channnnster? Your one liners are always ace though.

hykinix
January 20th 2009


188 Comments


No, its true. This really isn't that groundbreaking. I've already been called a fucking idiot so I guess I'll say that as far as this genre goes Misery Signals is not among the worst...But they're nothing I haven't heard before.

And besides, Of Malice and Magnum Hearts was better (for as rough of a recording as it was).

foreverendeared
January 20th 2009


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

there are some generic elements playing around here, but the songwriting is incredible and the lyrics are easily the best metalcore has to offer



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