Misery Index
Rituals of Power


3.5
great

Review

by TheNotrap USER (17 Reviews)
May 30th, 2019 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Echoes of the past

Formed in 2001 by two former Dying Fetus members just as a studio project to record the debut EP Overthrow, Misery Index quickly gained solid form and two years later recorded their first full-length Retaliate, which received considerable praise in underground deathgrind circles. The band's sound had obvious similarities with Dying Fetus, but the approach was slightly more core-ish and less brutal, which was enough to keep some safe distance from their fellow Baltimoreans.

Since Retaliate, the band has released four albums and several EPs, solidifying Misery Index as one of the most reliable acts of the extreme metal scene. All albums have their own story and context, however Heirs To Thievery and The Killing Gods are probably the best link to Rituals of Power, since both have been released this decade and are thus in closer contact with the new album, in style and form. If Heirs To Thievery represented to many (myself included) the band's peak, with its relentless but quite catchy no filler all killer approach, The Killing Gods featured a more melodic and thrashy side, being Misery Index's most diverse and ambitious work to date.

So what was the starting point for Rituals of Power, Heirs To Thievery fastest, relentless approach or the more stylish and melodic territory of the previous album?

I have some difficulty answering, since Rituals of Power, seems something that wasn't deeply planned or substantiated in a concise musical idea, but rather a more organic and spontaneous product from the band's rehearsals. It seems a contradiction, since the slow-paced opener "Universal Untruths" seems to indicate that the band will pursue a new, more vintage and charismatic approach, something quickly countered by the following songs which despite more interesting moments, such as "The Choir Invisible" powerful chorus or "New Salem" trashy hook, don't bring anything truly new, being a relatively predictable recycling of the band's previous material. Truth be told, I wasn't expecting groundbreaking stuff either, that's not what I look for in Misery Index, but I sincerely expected something fresher and less formulaic. That being said, Rituals of Power isn't by any means uninteresting or something that should be ignored, Misery Index, even without being at its best, still manages to be better than most bands within the genre, and songs like "Universal Untruths", "The Choir Invisible", "New Salem", "I Disavow" or "Naysayer" have enough strength to cause chaos in any decent mosh pit. All well-known elements are still present, the contrast between the frantic and the groove, the catchy crossover riffs that swing between metal and hardcore or the raging, but always perceptible, vocals, without neglecting Adam Jarvis' performance who remains one of the most exciting drummers around, being among the album's highlights, as expected.

At the end of the day, Rituals of Power will not go down in history as one of the band's best moments, but it certainly will not diminish the rich legacy Misery Index has given us over the years.



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TheNotrap
May 30th 2019


11143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Not the band's best work, but it's still a solid jam.



If someone finds some grammatical errors or sentences that can be improved / optimized, please let me know, I'll fix it.

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TheNotrap
May 30th 2019


11143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"So what was the starting point for Rituals of Power, Heirs To Thievery fastest, relentless approach or the more stylish and melodic territory of the previous album"



Anyone knows how I can add "?" at the end of the sentence?

I tried to edit..

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2019


9614 Comments


Copy and paste this bad boy in ?

It's the least funky variable question mark that's been found to cover this bug I think.

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jemaiseyeti
May 30th 2019


93 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, completely agree with the rating and the points of critique you bring up. Pos'd!

TheNotrap
May 30th 2019


11143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I had to copy paste it from another review ;) I think something went wrong with the review upload

rockandmetaljunkie
May 30th 2019


8072 Comments


notrap for contributor m/

Hawks
May 30th 2019


71824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album/band slayz. Pos ahrd bro. m/

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TheNotrap
May 30th 2019


11143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Hahah thanks Rock mate ;)



Yeah, album & band rules bro m/ thanks!

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2019


9965 Comments


Good review bud!

Daesu
May 30th 2019


86 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review, album is as ok as they come

manosg
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2019


11718 Comments


You've really shaken off the rust of not having reviewed stuff for years, Notrap. Great read, pos.

TheNotrap
May 30th 2019


11143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks SH ;)

Yeah Daesu, not their best work but it's still solid



Thanks a lot manosg mate! Yeah I've been having some free time lately that allowed me to write some stuff



hexfix93
May 30th 2019


1694 Comments


Nice review dude. Fucking love Misery Index, still gotta jam this one though. Gonna have to change that asap, these guys have not let me down so far.

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Jethro42
May 30th 2019


15853 Comments


Pretty good write-up Notrap, my friend. i dont think i'll approach this beast of music. I'm not sure if we say ''more fresh'' or ''fresher'', but I take a chance. It's in the middle of your big paragraph.

Cheers!

TheNotrap
May 30th 2019


11143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks hexfix.



Cheers Jethro, my friend!

You might have a point there, I'll fix it tomorrow. Thanks ;)

Hahah run from this as fast as you can!!

Kaiwaz
May 30th 2019


788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is weird, I was just thinking about this band today at work having no idea about a new release. Must check asap.

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Rowhaus
May 30th 2019


2399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band is sick, can't wait to check this

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Kaiwaz
May 30th 2019


788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Retaliate is killer

Rowhaus
May 31st 2019


2399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

new salem is a total banger

TheNotrap
May 31st 2019


11143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, it's one of my favorite tracks



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