Misery Index
Heirs To Thievery


3.5
great

Review

by Raz0rGrind23 USER (18 Reviews)
June 11th, 2010 | 52 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Man's Inhumanity to Man.....

Upon the first opening riff of Misery Index’s Heirs to Thievery one can instantly sense a close resemblance to the newest Napalm Death offering. The blistering guitars and pounding of the double-bass acquires recollection of a band that has painstakingly and progressively refined their sound from each release. Not to say that any of their albums are necessarily weak, however, this is the first of the Misery Index discography that I have thoroughly enjoyed. While Discordia, and even more so on Traitors, displayed some tasty licks of finely tuned, metal artistry, there was something missing from those albums. While the tracks brought a refined and technical approach, there was very little in the way of memorable play-back value. This is vital in my musical criticisms and to this day I still have trouble sitting through those entire albums from A-Z, minus several finite gems scattered about. I already anticipate a barrage of neg’s for this comment alone because this band definitely has the right approach. One is hard pressed to find bands that can remain musically consistent and release album after album of stellar quality, and where respect is due; Misery Index is pretty damn close.

Currently signed as a Relapse Records release, Heirs to Thievery plays closest to a Death/Grind/Thrash outing with a smorgasbord of crunchy guitar riffs, kick-to-the-groin double pedal drumming and an unrelenting vocal attack driven by guttural screams from vocalist/bassist Jason Netherton. The opener ‘Embracing Extinction’ enters with a simple, yet crushing guitar line that runs with a rapid tempo speed as drums intermingle machine gun pedaling. To a certain respect, many of these torturous overtures play out like those of a Hate Eternal composition as bass and drums add a second layer of thickness to the brutality. This aspect of the music is truly handled with masterful ease from drummer Adam Jarvis and his live, stage performance is no exception to the rule. I was fortunate to see their live act a bit ago and these songs were handled with the same devastating turbulence in accordance with their recordings.

Much of the lyrical approach is what one would come to expect; a civilization’s inevitable self destruction, man’s inhumanity to man and the exhibition of irrational power. The title track builds off these concepts most aptly and is reason in itself to purchase the album, standing firmly as being one of the best song’s Misery Index has written. The guitar lines near the one minute mark had me hitting the repeat button again and again. The Illuminaught is another tasty lick that presents the true technical precision that Misery Index has to offer and tackles the subject of false enlightenment and an individual’s willingness to fall victim to a sometimes illogical social norm.

Unfortunately, the real flaw that comes with this release is the production value. The drumming, at times, takes the highest precedence over the rest of the instruments and becomes rather tiresome in its own regard. This album would have given Napalm’s ‘Time Waits For No Slave’ a real run for its money if the guitars would have received the same, ample treatment. While Heirs To Thievery does present more of a thrash quality in its grooves and tempos, I still find myself going to the above mentioned for some meatier guitar play. Don’t get me wrong, production value on any grind release should be dirtier and muddied with the relentlessness of its time signatures. Regardless, all instruments require even uniformity, and at times, this isn’t always achieved.

I could rant on all the same points previously mentioned for the remanider of the album, but I find that to be rather tiresome in its own regard. This album is without a doubt a strong offering from a promising group. Still, some may have a hard time differentiating a fair portion of songs on here, and I can’t argue with that. Heirs to Thievery does by no means bring anything new to the table. Still, the musical onslaught sets out to pummel the listener in just under thirty-five minutes. And the rhythmic thrashing is oh-so gratifying.



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Raz0rGrind23
June 11th 2010


463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Kind of a quick write up. I started this one some time ago but got stuck mid way through. Feedback is always appreciated.



Apollo
June 11th 2010


10680 Comments


good review man, especially for your first. I'm taking some pointers.

Raz0rGrind23
June 11th 2010


463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man. This is my fifth actually.

Apollo
June 11th 2010


10680 Comments


apparently Im just fucking retarded today lol.

I thought I saw 1 in the number of reviews, my bad. Still a great review.

Raz0rGrind23
June 11th 2010


463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No worries haha. And what do you think of the album?

Apollo
June 11th 2010


10680 Comments


tbh I'm at work so havent had a chance to listen to it, I will check it out when I get home later. I'm mostly a metalhead so it has a good chance of being something I would like.

Raz0rGrind23
June 11th 2010


463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well played sir.....

hipnotoad
June 12th 2010


208 Comments


How is this compared to Traitors? I think I gave that a 3.5

jingledeath
June 12th 2010


7101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fun album

Wizard
June 12th 2010


20211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Upon the first, opening riff of Misery Index’s



No comma needed.



Great review. Fun album!

Comatorium.
June 12th 2010


4864 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Awesome album. You Lose is sooo good.

Raz0rGrind23
June 14th 2010


463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ Hipnotoad,



I prefer this over Traitors. The guitar work imo is much more memorable. Still, this is merely personal preference. I don't want to overly discredit Traitors. Thats still a great album; just not as universally compact as this one.



@Wizard,

Thanks for the heads up. Is there a way to edit and resubmit the review with the mentioned correction?

Wizard
June 15th 2010


20211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes there is, go into your profile and look underneath your profile picture to where it says 'Edit Reviews'. You can go directly into your submitted review and quickly clean it up.

Raz0rGrind23
June 15th 2010


463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great! Thanks. Will the review be reposted on the home page again with the new corrections? I have one review that received no feedback. I was hoping to try and repost it again.

eleventhsun
June 15th 2010


1475 Comments


Im thinking some genres are getting a bit mixed up here? This is in punk, things like Anathema in metal? Come on people...

Helvete
June 15th 2010


1354 Comments


this band is under Grind, and therefore it is placed under the Punk bit

if you want the band to appear under metal (like it really matters), change the genre tags for the band to 'Death Metal' (first), 'Grind' (second)

Raz0rGrind23
June 15th 2010


463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Eleventhsun

It really doesn't matter to me. If the coat fits, fucking wear it.

Wizard
June 15th 2010


20211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great! Thanks. Will the review be reposted on the home page again with the new corrections? I have one review that received no feedback. I was hoping to try and repost it again.



It will not be reposted again, this one will be corrected. And do not re-submit your other review again because it has no comments. That will piss off the mods.

Raz0rGrind23
June 15th 2010


463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ah...point taken

ConsideredDead
June 22nd 2010


121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm digging this much more than I did Traitors. If I had one gripe with this album it would be the same one I had with Traitors; it's too "thin" sounding. I miss the heavy, thick sound of Discordia and Retaliate.



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