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Misery Inc. - Yesterday's Grave (8/10) - Finland - 2004

Genre: Gothic Metal
Label: Golden Core
Playing time: 34:04
Band homepage: Misery Inc.


  1. Suicide Serenade
  2. Darkness
  3. Life Ain't Fair
  4. Dilemma
  5. No More
  6. Through The Dark
  7. Darkest Night
  8. Prayer
  9. Share My Madness
  10. Fade Away
Misery Inc. - Yesterday's Grave

They hail from Finland and they play Gothic Metal. Who now plans to start screaming and run out of the room, in expectation of the next band to sound like HIM, SENTENCED, CHARON and ENTWINE, stop! MISERY INC., so the name of this band, basically play Gothic Metal, but NOT the typical one, even though they undoubtedly have a Finnish sound.


OK, I guess that there is some need for explanation. So yes, they are dark and melancholic, but…they do not use any keyboards and contrary to many representatives of this genre, they have a good dose of pepper in the arse, MISERY INC. hardly have any room for kitsch, for that they rather add an extra punch in the guitars and also do not think it is wrong to implement some influences from Thrash or even Melodic Death Metal. Additionally the voice of fronter Jukkis Huuhtanen is somewhere between Jarva, Laihiala and Leppäluoto and is always clear, but at times quite rough still.


In expectation of a band of the aforementioned sound, the opener “Suicide Serenade” has almost blown me off the chair, because the guitars pack a punch and the rhythm also presses more than a bit (could almost be taken from Thrash), which is furthered by the production from the Sonic Pump Studios and the mastering in the Finnvox Studios. But the song also unleashes some great melancholic melodies, with the a bit rougher vocals and always with a good drive, definitely an opener that wakes you up!


Even though “Life Ain’t Fair“ is more in regular Gothic waters, the heavy “Dilemma“ brings you back to reality, imagine older SENTENCED with an even stronger guitar injection and a fast, simple rhythm and you have a rough imagination of what kind of a contrast this song is to the previous one. “No More” even has some Swedish Death in the riffing and "Share My Madness" unpacks some double-bass, with great harmony leads at the beginning and end of another powerful Gothic Metal song, before the closing “Fade Away” features a forceful rhythm, which cannot hide slight Thrash tendencies, and an irresistible chorus.


“Yesterday’s Grave“ basically is Gothic Metal, but so much more as they also take up a lot heavier influences and still not lose their roots, making a difference in this genre and having found their own sound, which should be held for them. For me one of the biggest surprises from the Finnish Gothic Metal scene in a while, thumbs up! (Online February 12, 2004)

Alexander Melzer

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