Misery Speaks "s/t" CDPosted on Wednesday, September 6th, 2006 @ 9:43am » permalink
I actually didn't even know that Alveran Records was still around until recently, but the latest self-titled CD from Misery Speaks sees the label sticking to its roots with a fierce blend of European metalcore and melodic Swedish styled death metal that, for my money, rises above the pack fairly significantly. Despite there being little mention of the band's self-released debut album online, this is indeed the German quintet's sophomore full-length, which offers up a fairly straightforward attack of aggressive snarls over riffs that jump from relatively typical alternate picking fare with thrashy undercurrents to occasionally churning breakdowns and forceful melodies with just enough of a twist to keep things interesting. It's really nothing new, but I feel that the songwriting is more energetic than average, and a lot of the melodies have a certain intensity to them that reminds me a bit of earlier Gardenian, which is definitely a good thing in my book, and not something that I encounter all that often from this particular niche of metal. The songwriting definitely exhibits a consistent level of quality, and I enjoy the results. I dig the aesthetic of the layout as well, what with the intriguing graphics and handwritten lyrics, etc. Nicely done.
Pick it up if you're down with the tracks: