Misery Signals
Mirrors


4.0
excellent

Review

by skeletalchemy USER (3 Reviews)
December 12th, 2012 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With a much needed coat of polish, a new vocalist and a little bit of time, MIsery Signals shows growth as song writers, musicians and people.

While I'm certain everyone has heard the news of a forthcoming follow-up to 2008's Controller, I'm going back a few years and finally writing a full review to the oft-neglected Mirrors. For a band recoiling from the tragedy inspiring Of Malice and the Magnum Heart, it was absolutely essential that Misery Signals delivered something different. If not to provide a more suitable stage for new vocalist Karl Schubach then simply as a testament to their growth as a unit. Fortunately for their fans, Misery Signals not only continued pressing forward but also managed to craft a rather beautiful album amidst the chaos.

Distinguishing himself from original vocalist Jesse Zaraska, Schubach comes across as a lion of a man, roaring in harmony with the thundering double kick drumming. Perfectly balancing stop / start melody throughout an epic and expansively mixed album, the quintet rips into each offering with a real sense of urgency and vision. Like a tornado bearing down on a small town, the anthemic metal teems with pinpoint, focused hardcore, ripe with melodic intersections. The swirling guitars accentuate the spastic, organic drumming like dust whipping about the eye of a storm. The fear of impending doom, the joy of finding the balance between anger and peace, the relief that the storm's passing brings; these are all feelings Misery Signals has the power to invoke with their audience.

In comparisons with their contemporaries, Misery Signals has always seemed to be very genuine and passionate about their craft. That intangible, emotional element has always seperated the band, causing veneration and awe across the world. If I can try to put it into words, I have always heard Misery Signals saying something. It is never derivative, it is never exclusionary and it is always sincere. This is one band that means what they say, even if we don't quite understand what they mean.

For some reason I thought of this album when watching Kiefer Sutherland in Mirrors and found the idea very appropo: aside from the beauty there is darkness and evil. Aside from the wonder and sense of discovery there is a fear of the unknown. Misery Signals is about ripping yourself apart just to put yourself back together.
Recommended tracks: The Failsafe, Migrate, An Offering to the Insatiable Gods of Butcher, Anchor


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DanielPlainview (4.5)
"Mirrors" is full of musical beauty, darkness, but most importantly, interest-holding variety which ...

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ThroneOfAgony
December 12th 2012


3485 Comments


Username is quite thought-provoking.........

FrozenVain
December 12th 2012


2482 Comments


I can dig that username

J0ckstrapsFTW
December 12th 2012


3658 Comments


When the shit is this band gonna put out new material?

J0ckstrapsFTW
December 12th 2012


3658 Comments


Fuckin better lol

J0ckstrapsFTW
December 12th 2012


3658 Comments


Ya its true its just after hearing Solace's new cd I was like COME ON HURRY

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2012


50954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is this Skeletor?

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sixdegrees
December 12th 2012


17705 Comments


judging by his ratings, I don't think so

good review, great album.

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botb
December 12th 2012


9776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album is damn near a 5

TheSpirit
December 12th 2012


18002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This has always been my favorite MS

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 12th 2012


7127 Comments


Always thought these guys were a bit touch and go.

Nikkolae
December 12th 2012


4870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

say wha?

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Hopelust
December 13th 2012


1129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I once saw Schubach take down some punk kid at a local pub I frequent, as he was the acting bouncer for the night. Karl pretty much massacred the guy; it was hilarious AND awesome.

skeletalchemy
December 13th 2012


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Hopelust
I totally believe it. The guy is pretty massive. An imposing force to be certain. I think he channels his personality very well with his chosen genre / musical preference. He didn't go much softer with Solace (more clean voclas, but MS was going there more anyways).
The new disc needs to drop asap. I can't imagine what it'll sound like, given their studio update and how much things have changed in the last 4-5 years (they did release Controller in 08, but remember how long it was before it came out after recording).
I am nothing but stoked for the future of Misery Signals.
ps, thanks for the pos on both the review and the username. I'm a pretty big fan of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series, but have studied the history of historic alchemy for the better part of a decade on top of that.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2012


7127 Comments


pos on both the review and the username. I'm a pretty big fan of the Fullmetal Alchemist

aNother story, tell you later,

TrantaLocked
December 14th 2012


1616 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is Misery Signals planning on another album?

skeletalchemy
December 14th 2012


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well based on the studio sessions video they posted in August (I think it was the 16th it hit Vimeo..) yeah, they are planning on doing another one. How far along they are might be indicated by their next bit of touring. I'd have to think that they'd want to get this thing done before hitting the road, but that's just me.
IF they go by that train of thought, it'll be ready for a spring / summer '13 release. If we get to hear it, the Mayans were wrong. Here's hoping.



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