MISERY: From Seeds That We Have Sown: LP

May 20, 2014

I was not expecting this at all! There was a period towards what I had thought was the end of their run that they were putting out a lot of “meh” records. Then Donofthedead loans this to me and says to review it. This is pretty damn good. Up there with their early releases, and worthy of the original excitement they had generated with records like Production Thru Destruction (which I remember selling out of during one of my first shifts at Epicenter. You would not believe how many people were completely stoked to get that record), and Who’s the Fool.... As soon as I heard the acoustic guitars and the vocals from Cassandra Schorn, I knew this was going to be an interesting record. “Midnight” brings to mind Amebix, with its plodding metal style, but Misery bring in a little more heaviness with the up and down repetitive swing of the bass and drums, while the guitar rings out over them. Then there is the way the bass comes in on “New Years” with a distorted churn that grabs your attention and won’t let go, as the drums and guitar come in, building in intensity that reaches a steady simmer. So fuggin’ good! Plus, any band like this that covers Chrome (“3rd from the Sun”) and makes it sound like one of their own, gets eternal respect from me. I’m going to have to get my own copy. 

 –M.Avrg (Inimical, inimical.com)