Misery Signals
Of Malice and the Magnum Heart


4.5
superb

Review

by Taylor Jermolajew USER (39 Reviews)
February 13th, 2009 | 38 replies | 8,092 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Metalcore album actually deserving of it's praise.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Misery Signals was a band born of two tragedies, hence the name the first and lesser of the two was the break-up of melodic Metalcore pioneers 7 Angels 7 Plagues, which was relatively unforeseen due to the band’s rise in popularity after the release of their full length debut. The other tragedy was the death of Jesse Zaraska’s (Former 7a7p vocalist) band mates in his current project Compromise. As such Ryan Morgan and Kyle Johnson (Guitarist and Bassist for 7a7p respectively) created a new band with Zaraska on vocals.

What they created was an exceptional band and possibly the closest thing to a second 7a7p full length. Keeping that in mind Misery Signals still has their own sound, combining heavy chugging guitar sections with occasional meldoic sections, which they would expand on in later releases the band provides a solid performance including enough variance within tracks to differentiate them so as not to grow stale.

Throughout the album the drumming patterns are both interesting and consistent, with Branden Morgan providing an impressive performance throughout, the only downside to the instrumental side of the record being the weak bass that often disappears in the heavier sections. The overall sound on the album could be compared to Shai Hulud specifically their album “That Within Blood Ill-Tempered” of course the band are hardly rip-offs and maintain originality throughout the album.

Of course the focal point of the album is undoubtedly Jesse Zaraska; his harsh vocals are filled with an intense rage that permeates the music. His message of sorrow and feelings of pain are captured perfectly through the discordance. The most impressive vocal performance however, is “Difference of Vengeance and Wrongs” courtesy of Byron Jay Ellis. Of course the vocal performance isn’t perfect with several annoying spoken word passages appearing throughout the album accompanied by equally cheesy lyrics.

Production wise the album is a cross between their future efforts Controller and Mirrors. With Devin Townsend producing the album has a polished yet raw feeling to it. Zaraska’s voice is layered appropriately in certain sections specifically the album closer’s Chorus and Bridge. The instruments remain a unit without blending together and overall the sound is crisp without being sterile.

The biggest thorn in the band’s side is the meatier riffs constantly chugging along with their purpose being solely to “Bring the Mosh”. Outside of that there isn’t really a lot to bring the album down. The spoken word segements seem a tad unnecessary and the chugging can get annoying but outside of that the band is near flawless. However, the album definitely isn’t for everyone, many listeners will probably be turned off by the harsh vocals and chug-centric riffs. The lack of melodic guitar parts compared to their later work may also bother some people.

Outside of those few discrepancies the album is probably the best of Misery Signals’ efforts. Again, the band isn’t as varied as they are on later albums but this isn’t a particularly big downside and some may even enjoy the more stripped down style over the more layered melodic work of the later albums. All in all Of Malice and the Magnum Heart is one of the better melodic Metalcore albums that definitely showcase the genre at its best.



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poweroftheweez
February 13th 2009



1290 Comments


great review.
a victim, a target is one of my favorite opening tracks ever.
EDIT: first line doesn't make sense.This Message Edited On 02.13.09

xequalscore
February 13th 2009



437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, the intro is confusing. Good review otherwise though. Haven't listened to this record yet.

AbyssalCreation
February 13th 2009



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice review although i disagree with you on a couple points namely the spoken word segments.Regardless This is hands down my favorite cd of all time.By the way Jesse doesnt do the singing on the last track its done by someone named Matthew Mixon.One last thing If you don't mind please check out my review of their EP.

KYZAR
February 13th 2009



513 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea it's good.

AbyssalCreation
February 14th 2009



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man i appreciate it.Anyway turns out we were both wrong here in the booklet it says the singing is done by someone named Byron J Ellis, I have no idea who that is.Also i thought it was Matt because he has guest vox on the stinging rain,murder, and five years.

bastard
February 14th 2009



3435 Comments


report to the mods about it, its probably just a troll.

Spamue1G
February 14th 2009



1292 Comments


I don't really like Misery Signals that much, but the drumming's fantastic on the few songs I've heard. Good review.

Wizard
February 14th 2009



19306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A Metalcore album actually deserving of it's praise.


Yes it is, better then 99% of the metalcore crap out there. Oh, and this destroys anything Converge has ever put out. BLASHPHEMY, FUCK YOU WIZARD!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice descriptive review. I would condense a few of the paragraphs up (for formatting purposes).

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DBlitz
February 14th 2009



1690 Comments


BLASHPHEMY, **** YOU WIZARD!!!!!!!!!!!

Motiv3
May 9th 2009



8921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Misery Signals Destroy Coverge, has to be said.

PanasonicYouth
May 9th 2009



7411 Comments


Converge destroys the universe, has to be said.

Motiv3
May 9th 2009



8921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Converge destroys the universe, has to be said.

i knew someone would do that :P

Iamthe Nightstars
June 4th 2009



2220 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I rather like the spoken parts on the cd.

The last minute of "The Year Summer Ended In June" is just amazing.

Kronzo
October 17th 2009



991 Comments


"Throughout the album the drumming patterns are both interesting and consistent, with Branden Morgan providing an impressive performance throughout"

Instead you should say something like:

"Throughout the album the drumming patterns are both interesting and consistent, with Branden Morgan providing quite an impressive performance."

Otherwise, good review.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 17th 2009



17204 Comments


eh ok album

witchxrapist
October 17th 2009



11012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Morelike, amazing album.

KTV
October 17th 2009



760 Comments


3.5 = okay?

witchxrapist
October 17th 2009



11012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, what?

Xplisit
July 20th 2010



1646 Comments


album rules

Spec
February 28th 2011



27104 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The melodic talking section in The Stinging Rain is outstanding.

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