MISERY SIGNALS - Of Malice And The Magnum Heart

Misery Signals - Of Malice And The Magnum Heart

10 songs
43:04 minutes
***** ***


Let's not kid ourselves: metal-core is the big thing at the moment, and while more and more bands jump on the bandwagon, it would be unfair to consider Misery Signals as just another sycophant trying to get their crumbs off the hype. Two founding members of Misery Signals used to play with 7 Angels 7 Plagues, maybe not the vanguard of the genre, but at least they started in 1999 when metal-core wasn't that big yet.

While there are few really outstanding tracks on Of Malice And The Magnum Heart, the band's first long-player, you will be surprised by the different kinds of atmospheres the band is able to conjure. In some ways, this is probably due to the excellent production of Canadian jack of all trades Devin Townsend who enhanced the metal part of the album, but also assured a highly transparent sound.

Apart from the opener A Victim, A Target, the only tracks below two minutes, the songs have lengths from three to nearly seven minutes, and leave a lot of space to showcase the band's abilities. Blending everything from mathy progressivism to Swedish death metal like guitar solos, with convincing angry vocals, there is everything the modern metal-core fan needs. In the middle of the album, you get with Worlds & Dreams a short melodic instrumental piece, and at the very end, the albums says farewell with Difference Of Vengeance And Wrongs, the most melodic song that other bands might have put at the beginning of the album.

Of Malice And The Magnum Heart is not a milestone in its genre, but it's fairly above average and should appeal to fans of Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan and our local dEFDUMp.

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