Retaliate” starts unpromisingly with some generic chugging riffing. But after a minute comes a dive-bombing solo straight out of Slayer, and the album is off to the races. The title track alone goes through death, grind, and straight-up thrash in whiplash fashion. The rest of the album mixes up these influences, keeping things brutal and varied, if not exactly groundbreaking. The surprisingly thoughtful lyrics alternate between misanthropic and abstract.
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I must say…all the comparisons to Dying Fetus are correct but this is still good stuff. The drums are on par seeing as how this guy learned from Kevin Talley, the bass work is excellent, and the guitars remind me of “Killing on Adrenaline” but hearing the vocals without the sub growl are that much better. This is good music for anyone who likes death or grind metal, or both. The music is excellent…don’t let the Dying Fetus stereotype keep you down!
its all true, dying fetus has NOTHING on misery index. every song on here, while the music doesn’t change its style much (mostly just straight up deathgrind) every song is excellent and many of them will get into your head in no time. some really catchy riffs and some great drumwork, wrap that up with some death metal vocals that don’t sound like crap, and while they’re low, they don’t sound really stupid like some bands, and you have an instant classic. too bad this band doesn’t get as much credit as it should because they’re caught under the shadow of dying fetus, but if you like dying fetus than you will LOVE misery index, and probably more than DF. support this amazing band, get the cd and bang your head to some of the best metal out there right now.every song is amazing, hard to pick standouts! BUY IT!!!!!
For those that do not know, Misery Index are a Maryland/Washington D.C. based death metal band with strong hard and grindcore influences. If you have heard of this band, it’s probably because drummer Kevin Talley is the former skinsman for Dying Fetus. But, even though both bands play death metal which is equally brutal and technical, Misery Index are no Dying Fetus Junior. This band is a lot less groove oriented and politically motivated. Talley and the gang also get by without as many breakdowns as that band because MI are always/consistently heavy. There are absolutely no slow tempo changes or melodic guitar lines on their debut album, 2003’s “Retaliate,” so the music is never allowed to breathe. The only times the onslaught relents is during the few, brief seconds when one track has ended and the proceeding song hasn’t yet begun.
Talley pummels away at his skins, creating complex, walloping blast beat bonanzas while guitarists Sparky Voyles and Bruce Greig (who would leave the band in 2004) lay down an uncountable number of crushing, mosh pit ready riffs. And vocalist/bassist Jason Netherton’s commanding, arresting voice barks out mean, ugly lyrics like “the razor blade infections cut caverns deep across my skin.” Lastly, this record also boasts great production, because the instruments and the rhythms sound very crisp and articulate. The end result is a disc which is composed of eleven awesome, impenetrable, walloping, skull-crushing, dissonant, punishing, satisfying songs which plow straight ahead, steamrolling over everything in sight and shredding the listener’s speakers.
Songs like “The Great Depression,” “Angst Isst Die Seele Auf,” and “Servants Of Progress” interlock cracking, machine gun, almost mind boggling drum beats with lumbering power chords, and, likewise, the album opening title track features both huge, pounding power chords and excellent double bass drumming. The fifth track, “Demand The Impossible,” might be the record’s best song. It augments churning riffs (which are thick enough to wipe out a whole city) with a catchy, slamming, jackhammer blast beat.
Misery Index deserve to (and are probably going to) be huge. So, if you’re a metalhead and you haven’t already checked this band out, you owe it to yourself to do so. “Retaliate” (and MI’s sophomore album, “Discordia”) are essential purchases for everybody who is a fan of death metal and grindcore, and all neck snappers in general.
This is seriously the catchiest deathgrind cd I have heard in a while, or more likely, ever. The riffs are killer. I thought Dying Fetus was pretty good, but this cd blows them away. If you like metal at all, you should love this cd. The only thing about the cd is that the vocals are kind of generic, but who cares, this cd will blow you away. Get it now!