Assuck
Misery Index


4.0
excellent

Review

by Are You A Wizard? USER (19 Reviews)
January 16th, 2010 | 131 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Prepare to be Assucked...

Assuck were a grindcore band hailing from North America. Between 1987 and 1998 they produced various splits and 7 inches as well as two 12-inch LPS; Anti-Capital/Blindspot and Misery Index. Misery Index is easily the band’s best work and one of the strongest works within the grindcore genre.

Despite only being fifteen minutes long, the fourteen tracks on Misery Index perfectly showcases Assuck’s sound; snaky power chord and tremolo riffs are combined with rapid fire blast beat drums and double bass patterns. There are the occasional mid-paced, doom-y, even somewhat catchy riffs which help to bring a little variety to the album. An example of which is the mid section of the second track, "Salt Mine”, which sees the band slow to a half-paced, breakdown-esque section before running back up through the gears to full speed. Another high point of Assuck’s sound is that the bass is audible and the mixing of the bass with drums provides a solid low-end backing for the guitars and vocals to work over, making it an integral part of the assault on the listener’s ears (particularly noticeable when listened to through headphones).

However, it is clear that the strongest aspect of Misery Index, and Assuck's sound itself, is in the band’s articulate lyrical content and vocal delivery. With the majority of tracks being around 40 seconds to a minute long, the lyrics usually only consist of a few lines, but within those lines, Assuck make it clear that they were a very discontented band with politically charged, socially aware and nearly always misanthropic lyrics.

“Unrequited Blood” shows the band at their bleakest: “When will we concede that there is an absolute significance deficit concept of the human being. The rape is indigenous to our existence and that already we can never and will never be able to pay the debt of blood upon this land. Burn alive all humankind. Burn it at the stake. Burn it as retribution for its blatant defilement of itself. Burn it for its never ending void of purpose. Burn it on principle alone.”

“Talon Of Dominion” also shines light onto the band’s discontent for modern society: “Let this stand as a monument to my abandonment and submission to the clutches of consumption. A penance of control for the iniquity of breath. It is irrefutable that we become apostle to mechanism. It is design that orchestrates the perpetuity of tyranny and doctrine of drudgery and toil. Talon of dominion, skewer of empire, as certain as the blackening of another tomorrow". Fun stuff.

The delivery of the vocals in a fairly low guttural register perfectly complements the music and content, further adding to the band’s overall bleak sound and suffocating atmosphere of the album.

One of the possible negative aspects of Misery Index for some listeners will be the the song lengths. As with most grind the tracks rarely surpass one and a half minutes. This may pose a problem for some listeners but should not be the sole reason for neglecting to listen to the album as the tracks on Misery Index flow into each other so well that it is almost like listening to one 15 minute track.

Ultimately, grindcore is an acquired taste and some may find it too abrasive or have problems with the track lengths or repetitive song writing, but those who are willing to look past these points will find one of the more accessible albums within the genre and also discover that, with Misery Index, Assuck have produced one of the most consistent and influential albums within the genre that contains little to no flaws and a captivating way to spend fifteen minutes of their time.

Recommended Tracks:
Salt Mine
Corners
Talon Of Dominion
Unrequited Blood
A Monument To Failure



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Phantom
January 16th 2010


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

First review in a while, so it's a quickie. Will hopefully be pumping out a few more in the next month or so.

Point out any mistakes, give criticism etc.

FadeToBlack
January 16th 2010


10926 Comments


great review, can't see any mistakes except the code error in the first paragraph

really want to get this

Phantom
January 16th 2010


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah got that one, cheers.

Going to try and change the artwork image because the current one is really low res and looks terrible.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


8368 Comments


ahh bummer, sorry for immediately bumping your review down man. Good stuff though, pos

Phantom
January 16th 2010


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Np man, at least it was bumped down by you rather than some newbie or troll review.

Was tempted to give this a 4.5 to match my personal rating, but i'm not sure if the review backs it up enough to warrant giving it a 4.5.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


8368 Comments


the review would back up a 4.5 too imo. Also, going to get this, but not sure if I'll give it a go right away since I'm in a massive industrial mood atm.

Wizard
January 16th 2010


19441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the possible negative aspects of Misery Index for some listeners will be the the song lengths. As with most grind the tracks rarely surpass one and a half minutes. This may pose a problem for some listeners but should not be the sole reason for neglecting to listen to the album as the tracks on Misery Index flow into each other so well that it is almost like listening to one 15 minute track.

While this is a fair enough point, I think I would remove this seeing as most people going into this will have an idea of what the genre is all about. It just sounds redundant. Great review otherwise. I can't believe this hasn't been reviewed yet!

Digging: Nightbringer - Ego Dominus Tuus

FistfulOfSteel
January 16th 2010


894 Comments


album is pure chaos, rules. good review bro, thanks.

Relinquished
January 16th 2010


25097 Comments


Album rules. Good review man. Suprised this hasn't been done yet.

jingledeath
January 16th 2010


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

been meaning to get into this band for a while, gonna get this now.

Dryden
January 16th 2010


12928 Comments


Awsome

Phantom
January 16th 2010


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

While this is a fair enough point, I think I would remove this seeing as most people going into this will have an idea of what the genre is all about. It just sounds redundant. Great review otherwise. I can't believe this hasn't been reviewed yet!


I definitely get your point, obviously those who have heard grind before will be aware of the song lengths but I put it in there for those who are newer to grind and are looking to check out the best albums from the genre.

Thanks for comments/etc

ThePalestMexican
January 16th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn good review.

Powerban
January 16th 2010


2380 Comments


Awesome band name. Good review too. Grind is a genre I should try get into more. I only really have some Pig Destroyer and Blood Duster.

HighandDriving
January 16th 2010


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Get this and Discordance Axis - The The Inalienable Dreamless and you're off to an amazing start.

combustion07
January 16th 2010


5362 Comments


This wasn't reviewed?!? Album is classic... good review

jingledeath
January 17th 2010


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this rules, i guess i need to get into more grindcore

Dryden
January 17th 2010


12928 Comments


so good

FadeToBlack
January 17th 2010


10926 Comments


yeah this rules, i guess i need to get into more grindcore
aside from all the essentials (Terrorizer, Repulsion, Napalm Death etc) I started with Brutal Truth, Nasum and Pig Destroyer

Phantom
January 17th 2010


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

knew you'd like this I('m)rad

I was pretty surprised that this hadnt been reviewed as well. Although I have a feeling that there may have been an Eliminator review of it but it got deleted, could be wrong though.



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