Misery Signals
Mirrors


3.5
great

Review

by Taylor Jermolajew USER (39 Reviews)
December 9th, 2009 | 49 replies | 4,306 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Misery Signals move beyond their chaotic origins, creating a more varied and melodic album.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Misery Signals are an interesting band, arguably one of my favourite Metalcore bands. After releasing their debut “Of Malice And The Magnum Heart”, vocalist Jesse Zaraska decided to leave the band in search of a more mellow output (Sleeping Girl). Enter Karl Schubach, a competent but decidedly different kind of vocalist to Jesse. Where Jesse’s primary output was his ear piercing scream, Karl focuses on a lower growling method. Some will undoubtedly prefer Jesse to Karl and with good reason as I also feel Jesse was a stronger vocalist. That being said Karl holds his own throughout the album and provides plenty of intensity throughout.

Moving beyond vocals, Mirrors sees the band comfortably moving forward from the sound they established on Of Malice, as with their previous effort the band demonstrates a level of technicality not often seen within Metalcore. No, it’s not crazy Botch technicality but it is technical nonetheless and more to the point it isn’t showy. You won’t find Mirrors full of noodling and flashy riffs, instead you get solid well timed instrumental performances that flow into one another.

At the same time the band definitely brings enough heaviness to the table, maintaining the chaotic energy of “Of Malice”. Granted, the band also incorporates a greater amount of melody as well as ambience that assists in breaking up the album into more digestible portions. Notably the most melodic moment on the album comes in the form of Patrick Stump, providing guest vocals on “One Day I’ll Stay Home” that not only demonstrate Misery Signals’ ability to craft interesting music but to incorporate a very “un-heavy” aspect into their overall sound.

For all these positives, one glaring issue that constantly makes itself known throughout the album is the production aspect. Whilst it’s not so horrible that it makes the album unlistenable, there is a certain in-balance between the lower end of the album’s sound. Making particularly bass-y areas sound very thin and lacking in completeness. That being said, the production is still passable and whilst it may be a tad annoying at times it doesn’t severely damage the level of enjoyment one can find within the album.

Aside from the obvious production issues, there are a few occurrences of the band being too heavy for their own good. This heaviness can be a slight problem for some mainly because it increases the albums abrasiveness. Also certain songs run a little too long. But beyond this the album is still very much a solid effort on the part of the band. 90% of the time the band is in top form displaying excellent song writing and Karl Schubach putting forth an excellent vocal performance. All in all Misery Signals have continued to progress onwards from their previous effort, with a new vocalist bringing a somewhat different approach to their previous sound the band has shown a solid progression from their earlier work. Some may still hope for a return to the sound shown on “Of Malice” but I figure it’s best for MS to move forward and continue to experiment with their sound in favour of pleasing cry babies.



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Roach
December 9th 2009



2149 Comments


I don't like this.

Roach
December 9th 2009



2149 Comments


what can I say? I'm a bitch magnet









good review

HighandDriving
December 9th 2009



3288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is pretty good.

Waior
December 9th 2009



11451 Comments


Review is good but Misery Signals are no fun.

bloc
December 9th 2009



34780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the album before this and the album after this, both kill this.

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Groink
December 9th 2009



766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review, band is awesome. I actually like Controller the most from these guys.

BrahTheSunGod
December 9th 2009



1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love this CD, Controller still slays it, but a few tracks on here are amazing.

Really good job on the review as well, only tiny gripe is the need of a semicolon to link "...balance between the lower end of the album’s sound. Making particularly bass-y areas..." Other than that, flawless. I agree completely with that part, whoever mixed the bass drum to be in the same frequency range as the bass so that they cancel should be shot. The excess low-end on the guitars really muddies it up as well.

I'd agree that it's definitely more melodic, though I'd say the Stump cameo gets blown out of the water by pretty much the entire song of "The Failsafe", especially the ending.

botb
December 9th 2009



9654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Controller does not slay this or the former record. it's good, but definitely the weakest effort of the band.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2009



31095 Comments


Excellent review, easily pos'd

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Roach
December 9th 2009



2149 Comments


it comes with having bad taste I think

Homewrecker
December 9th 2009



231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Easily the weakest link in their discography, but still pretty good. Whoever mixed it should be shot though.

SnackaryBinx
December 9th 2009



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whoever mixed this album is a huge moron. it detracts a lot from the album

bloc
December 9th 2009



34780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh that would be so awesome

Relinquished
December 9th 2009



24929 Comments


Album is good

bloc
December 9th 2009



34780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think i'll always be part of the minority that likes Controller more.

sspedding
December 10th 2009



4754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

controller is better than this.

fromtheinside
December 10th 2009



18097 Comments


anything is better than this.
i do not get the hype behind this band.
they had one decent album and they're one of metalcore's elite...


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fromtheinside
December 10th 2009



18097 Comments


no.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2009



31095 Comments


^ What'chu talkin' about willis?

fromtheinside
December 10th 2009



18097 Comments


dude get this bands dick out of your mouth, they're hardly anything to completely flap about.



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