Misery Index
Retaliate


3.0
good

Review

by Justin King USER (4 Reviews)
June 17th, 2010 | 3 replies | 2,929 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A relatively standard Death/Grind album that helps you appreciate the band for the progress they have made.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Misery Index has come a long way since releasing this album. They've adopted a more technical style, become stronger songwriters, and have been continuing to progress. However, before these changes became evident, they were only a standard Death/Grind act with good ideas that weren't utilized to their fullest.

The album starts off a bit slow, but showcases a very good rhythm section, primarily demonstrating a fairly well-done chug from the guitarists and an impressive percussionist. However, after the surprisingly dramatic buildup, things fall apart a bit. It leads into a typical whammy bar wankfest of a guitar solo, and brings us to an extremely standard fast-paced Grind outro, which introduces the vocalist. The vocals are definitely an aquired taste. He keeps to one pitch and rarely varies his tone.

The majority of the remainder of the album (All tracks but the superb final track, "Birth of Ignorance".)sticks to the standard fast-paced Grind side of their music, and will keep the listener entertained but never amazed. This is partially because the album never gives you a chance to breathe once it builds up its steam from the intro. As soon as it hits the fast Grind part of the first track, that is what you get for the remainder of the album until the final track comes to play. The only two tracks that actually stand out due to their slower sections are the intro and outro. The rest of the tracks simply meld together and don't have any defining characteristics that let you know that you are listening to a certain song.

The positives to this album are that the musicianship is very good, especially the drummer, who has this Brann Dailor-esque sense of "How many different fills can I fit in this song?". The guitar is primarily tremolo-picking on the top three strings, but every now and then, they show off their talent with a few tasteful sweeping sections.

In conclusion, this album is a fairly standard Death/Grind affair that helps you appreciate Misery Index for the progress they have made, but in itself, it is nothing more than Misery Index in the beginning stages of establishing their sound.


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Spacecamp309
June 22nd 2010



1 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You really captured how the album sounds musically wise. But I would have to say I was less than impressed with their songwriting.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2011



6988 Comments


First i'm happy to help out.

Your summary is closer to the point and has less of a sweeping feel. Box ticked.

Ist paragraph is more cohesive. Box ticked.

'The album starts off a bit slow, but showcases a very good rhythm section, primarily showcasing a fairly well-done chug from the guitarists and an impressive percussionist. However, after the surprisingly dramatic buildup, things fall apart a bit. It leads into a typical whammy bar wankfest of a guitar solo, and brings us to an extremely standard fast-paced Grind outro, which introduces the vocalist. The vocals are definitely an aquired taste. He keeps to one pitch and rarely changes it up, and he sounds like an airy Piotr of Vader.'


A little awkward and has a loss of flow. Ideas again are good, just needs some re-working.


'He keeps to one pitch and He keeps to one pitch and rarely changes it up, and he sounds like an airy Piotr of Vader.'

, and he sounds like an airy Piotr of Vader.'

Grammactical issues, sweeping statement, and frankly 'He keeps to one pitch and rarely changes it up,' there could have been a tidier way of presenting this idea. Like in the other review, some wording needs changing... 'changes it up' could have been 'lacks vocal diversity'.

As for letting your ideas being presented with more flow, (you don't have to follow this if you dont want to) try to focus on the positives, then the negatives. Focus on the hows, and this will read better. Also i noticed on your conclusion, you added 'In summary' this might be better presented as 'In conclusion'. And one sentence paragraphs are not really paragraphs, this needs more depth.

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Much improvement from your first review. You have lifted the quality in a steady manner, even without the help of others. Good work.








DeathByAstonishment
May 21st 2012



269 Comments


The Lies that Bind tickles my fancy.



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