I’ve been waiting quite a while for one of my favorite local bands, MISERICORD, to release their debut full length and now I finally hold a copy in my claws. Their demo material was a good mix of Death Metal with hints of technicality, but on “Another End” they have lost most of that heaviness - replacing it with more intricate songwriting and a fuller, more groovy sound. So, is this any good?
Well, yes and no. I get the feeling that the band are hoping to court fans of bands like MACHINE HEAD and TOOL with this album. The vocalist has that Hetfield-meets-Flynn voice nailed, but even though I’m supposed to hate it I have to say that he actually pulls it off quite nicely and his performance on the title track is superb. Like I mentioned earlier good songwriting saves this album from becoming just another contemporary (NOT trendy!) Metal album and tracks like the aforementioned title track (just listen to those great opening leads), the technical “The Kid” and the heavier “Shut Eye” are definitely some of the best they have penned. Guitarists Ralf Globisch and Jason Giacoppo are particularly impressive, especially as far as the melodic solos and little acoustic interludes are concerned. Bassist Nic Cook is also solid (listen to those cool bass line in “The Kid”), while drummer Vic Do ‘O Filipe fills out the rhythm section in solid form.
Even though I miss some of that early aggression and Death Metal tendencies they had, I must admit that this more accessible MISERICORD album is not bad at all and it just seems to get better after repeated listens.
Solid! (Online August 18, 2006)