Miseration
Tragedy Has Spoken


3.5
great

Review

by Adam Gola USER (33 Reviews)
August 7th, 2012 | 21 replies | 2,947 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heavier than Your Demons - Their Angels and more melodic than The Mirroring Shadow. Possesses some indescribable flavors that separate it from the preceding albums.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Miseration is probably the most indeterminate of Christian Älvestam's multiple projects, being approached with the least conventional confines of all his projects. For anyone who knows both of this band's previous efforts it's likely already apparent that any songwriting framework they might have assumed does not extend beyond the album in question. Whether this is an intentional exploration of different ideas and aesthetics or just simply not knowing what they want to sound like is irrelevant, as diversity is always a good thing. The band's latest offering, Tragedy Has Spoken, follows this trend as well.

The overall mood of this release is probably closer to the debut album, but the riffing structures borrow heavily from the follow-up. There is still plenty of those lovable venomous BDM hooks and catchy verses that have managed to stay a constant in Miseration's sound. The thing that separates this album from its predecessors is the penchant for atmosphere, not quite rendered on the first two releases. To this end, the band has employed the aid of several exotic stringed instruments and the piano, either layering them with the relentless guitar onslaught or letting them shine in acoustic passages. Of these, however, there are few, the album is really heavy almost at all times, the most so at the beginning - the opening track "Stepping Stone Agenda" is nothing short of deathgrind with its chaotic and unrelenting heaviness. Tracks like "Ciniphes" or "On Wings of Brimstone" provide a stark contrast to this, having some of the most memorable melodies on the CD, none of which are sugary or cringeworthy yet still maintaining a fair level of catchiness. Älvestam's clean vocals are back this time, but used on much fewer occasions than YD-TA and reminding strongly of his 90's work - no super high pitches to be found. The growls are as good as they've ever been, but for someone who habitually listens to Christian's material, they can get tiresome as they're practically identical to all that we've already heard. They don't really stand out in the mix either.

Sadly, it needs to be said that this album lacks the single "wow" track that would make returning to it instinctual, like "Seven Are the Sins" or "Voyaging the Seas of Thought" were. For a contrast, no track is particularly weak or boring, as was the case on The Mirroring Shadow. If one were to summarize the sound of this album shortly, it would have to be something like "a more experimental and atmospheric Your Demons - Their Angels with some Unmoored and grind flavors". It's a difficult CD to appreciate - on the one hand it definitely seems to lack focus exhibited by the two albums before it. On the other hand, it seems to possess something hard to pinpoint that neither of its predecessors had. This is definitely worth exploring further by listening to this album many times over - as luckily it is easy enough to listen to and not long enough to start bothering the listener. No fan of Miseration should be gravely disapointed by this release, but I'm not yet certain if it deserves any particular wows either.



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CaptainDooRight
August 7th 2012



26409 Comments


interesting, pos

I have demons

Digging: Deniro Farrar - The Patriarch II

XfingTheSullen
August 7th 2012



2191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I don't dig this band as much as Christian's other ones, but it's cool

BlackLlama
August 7th 2012



1355 Comments


Nice review. I think I spun TMS maybe once or twice, enjoyed it but haven't found a reason to go back to it yet. Sounds like this will be a bit of the same.

Digging: Morgana Lefay - Maleficium

XfingTheSullen
August 7th 2012



2191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

The Mirroring Shadow has like three songs that aren't bothersome, the rest is just over the top heavy brutal death metal... this album is easier to enjoy in its entirety

jybt
August 7th 2012



342 Comments


Great review that intelligently explained the development of Miseration's sound. I just heard the three officially released songs last night and thought the music was fantastic, especially the more experimental sections that intensified the apocalyptic mood of the album (Waylander is the scariest track I've heard this year); the production was absolutely incredible before the sound engineer jammed the audio levels almost flat into the ceiling. When this album is heavy, there is absolutely zero dynamic range, and when all the instruments are sounding at once, it sounds horrible: half the instrumentation almost inaudible, the rest sapped of half the heaviness, and distortion all over the place to the occasional point of cringing. Dear Idioglossolalia, this disc is an outright sonic disaster. I may not be able to handle the whole album because of this loudness war.

CaptainDooRight
August 7th 2012



26409 Comments


hate when that happens

YUJOS
August 7th 2012



890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is heavier than their first album? That's very good news!!

Digging: Aosoth - Ashes of Angels

CaptainDooRight
August 7th 2012



26409 Comments


wait, are you a captain too?

YUJOS
August 7th 2012



890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nope

Yazz_Flute
August 7th 2012



18735 Comments


The Mirroring Shadow was the epitome of average. Their debut was pretty solid, though.

Digging: Anekdoten - Vemod

XfingTheSullen
August 7th 2012



2191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

But TMS was heavy as fuck, much heavier than this I daresay. And some of the tracks were FUCKING enjoyable, such as the amazing "Voyaging the Seas of Thought" and the title track. "Theca" kicked ass too. The rest of the songs, not so much. This album is better overall.

Yazz_Flute
August 7th 2012



18735 Comments


I remember liking the title track and Theca, but the rest wasn't special.

XfingTheSullen
August 7th 2012



2191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Well basically what I said. I added Voyaging though, one of the sickest death metal songs, and the breakdown's pretty fucking fun as well

XfingTheSullen
August 7th 2012



2191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Pulse goes high, then they die
Endless voids taking over
In cold planning, stretching out
to claim the waking hours!
DUM DUM DU-DUM DUM DUM DU-DUM
And transform the worlds into voids
Buzzing in the back of thoughts!

Damn you dude, if you don't think that part is utterly sick

bloozclooz
August 7th 2012



1770 Comments


album fails to showcase christian's vocals. which of course is the only reason this band exists in the first place

XfingTheSullen
August 7th 2012



2191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

weird logic, christian already has dozens upon dozens of bands which he can showcase his vocals in, the broadest spectrum being used in solution .45.

FrozenVain
August 8th 2012



2262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review! pos

I'm glad that someone wrote a review for this. Some songs like Stepping Stone Agenda are just wierd cuz of the violin shit going on. But other than that It's great.

YUJOS
August 8th 2012



890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Miseration using a violin?? I have to check asap!!

FrozenVain
August 9th 2012



2262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It might not be a violin though...It's also possible that it's a saw or maybe a dying cat.

YUJOS
August 9th 2012



890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Or maybe somebody using his saw on a cat....m/



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