Ever listen to an underground band and think, “Shit, why aren’t these guys signed yet? I bet they would sell better than hotcakes if given a chance!” Well…MISFYRE isn’t one of those bands.
MISFYRE plays straight-up Heavy Metal, which works against them more than it works in their favour, since it means they have few elements in their music that really make them stand out. Think of the music on “Nothing Should Remain” as Thrash Metal minus all the intensity and speed. The generally incoherent vocals are still intact, though.
Oh, the instrumentation is fairly good. All the band members play their instruments with a certain degree of competence, and the singer, though prone to holding a single note for several bars without any clear explanation, is well-suited to the band’s music. The best track on the EP is definitely “Basement Flat”, with its odd, almost CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL-like Blues-Rock interludes.
However, I can’t say I can strongly recommend “Nothing Should Remain” to anyone, not even to hardcore fans of raw Heavy Metal. There’s much better stuff out there than this, folks. I’m sure there’s an obvious pun to be made about the band’s name, but it’s just not coming to me right now.
(Online December 20, 2007)