Miseration is back with a brand new album with an ironic title. It is ironic that the title is so straightforward, because that doesn’t seem to be Christian Alvestam’s style. The title is straightforward because invariably, all shadows mirror the object that is making them. The object in this case is Alvestam’s full-on death metal project, Miseration.
These guys were originally a joint project with Alvestam of Scar Symmetry fame and Jani Stefanovic of Solution .45 (among others).
So exactly what style of metal does this band play then? It isn’t that almost overdone to the point of being burdensome melodeath. It is purely death metal with melodic underpinnings. What you hear is certainly death metal, but it is backed with subtle synths and keyboards to add just the right touch of atmosphere to the music. This is not Scar Symmetry reincarnated. Alvestam doesn’t utter a single note of clean vocals and the beats are very fast and rythmic.
Being from Sweden, they don’t share much in common with the New York or Tampa Bay style of death metal, either. The members of this band are amazing musicians and this album shows off thier skills stunningly.
This album is brutal and very quick. It relently smashes you until it is over only some 36 minutes after it began. After being throughly pummelled, one finds oneself beckoned to give it another go. If you like technical musicianship and harsh death metal, give this band a listen. In the underground music scene, they are underrated. I’ll give The Mirroring Shadow a sparkling 4.8/5 stars, even picking up a tenth or two for the astonishing cover art!