Misery Index

Traitors [Hard / Heavy]

RELEASE: 02.10.2008

LABEL: Relapse Records

VERTRIEB: Rough Trade

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Die Grindcore-Metal Helden MISERY INDEX melden sich mit ihrem neuen, hochexplosiven Album TRAITORS zurück!!!

MISERY INDEX ist eine US-amerikanische Grindcore-Band mit politischen Texten. Im Jahre 2003 veröffentlichten sie ihr Debütalbum 'Retaliate' bei Nuclear Blast/EMI, vor 2 Jahren dann im Mai 2006 ihr zweites Album bei Relapse Records und diese behielt ihren ursprünglichen Stil aus Grindcore, Hardcore und Deathmetal, kombiniert mit sozialkritischen und links-politisch orientierten Texten, bei.
Diese erfolgreiche CD heiß 'Discordia', die Band hat damit lange getourt, fast 150 Shows haben sie weltweit gespielt, inkl. namhafter Festivals und Support-Gigs mit FEAR FACTORY, NILE, AKERCOCKE. Als Headliner spielten sie in diversen Clubs im Schnitt vor 300 begeisterten Metal-Fans.

MISERY INDEX haben zwei lange Jahre an ihrem neuen Meisterwerk TRAITORS hart gearbeitet und das Ergebnis ist ein Killer, der die vorherigen Aufnahmen vollkommen in Schatten stellt.

Die Gitarren mahlen und knirschen heftig, das Schlagzeug detoniert mit Blastbeats und der furiose Gesang von Jason Netherton - der auch Bandleader und Bassit ist - ist ein Frontalangriff auf die Welt in Flammen. Das Album ist eher eine musikalische Kriegserklärung als eine übliche Ansammlung von wütenden Grind-Metal-Songs.
Mit diesem Album TRAITORS veröffentlichen MISERY INDEX einen passenden Soundtrack zum Wahnsinn der Welt und versorgen somit die alle Grindcore-Fans mit einem der feinsten Werke des Extrem-Metal-Genres.


(Quelle: Rough Trade)

Misery Index, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, DC, USA, features vocalist and bassist Jason Netherton, guitarist Sparky Voyles, drummer Adam Jarvis, and guitarist/vocalist Mark "Lo Sneek" Kloeppel.

The Band:

Misery Index was born in the spring of 2001, by vocalist/bassist Jason Netherton along with vocalist/guitarist Mike Harrison as a studio project, with drums performed by ex-Dying Fetus drummer Kevin Talley. “Overthrow,” their debut CD was unleashed in September of 2001 on the band’s own Anarchos Records, where it quickly drew praise and interest from underground circles with its five song blast-thrash attack that met all expectations, and then some. The CD was subsequently released in 2002 in Japan on Howling Bull/Ritual Records, and in Europe on Fadeless Records. A limited edition vinyl put out on Goodlife Recordings soon followed. The band was then shifted to a full time project with the addition of Sparky Voyles on guitar. The band’s second release was a split EP with Pittsburgh’s Commit Suicide on Willowtip Records. This CD featured two new songs plus a Disrupt cover, and came out in the summer of 2002.

Following the recording of their second EP in March of 2002, Mike Harrison and Kevin Talley left the band to pursue other projects, and with the addition of Matt Byers on drums (ex-Severed Head), Misery Index embarked on their first US tour in the summer of 2002. Following this, 2003 saw the release of a split EP with Arizona's Structure of Lies, and the recording of Misery Index's debut album for Nuclear Blast, entitled "Retaliate". With the addition of Bruce Greig on second guitar, Misery Index began touring extensively to promote the new album, which was released on August 26, 2003.

In 2004, the band embarked on several US and European tours to support "Retaliate". The band also recorded their first video for "The Great Depression" and released a DVD, which features a full live set from Greece, on their own Anarchos Records label imprint. With the addition of Adam Jarvis on drums in August of 2004, the band performed sets at the Wacken, Brutal Assault, and Party San festivals, which followed the recording of the "Dissent" EP in the summer of 2004. "Dissent" represented a new birth for Misery Index, further refining the sounds of “Retaliate”.

Misery Index toured throughout the winter of ‘04 and the spring of ‘05 extensively to support the EP release. This included runs with Napalm Death, Suffocation, Behemoth, Neuraxis, Rotten Sound, Magrudergrind, Devil Inside, and more. During this time, the band also saw the addition of second guitarist and vocalist Mark Kloeppel.

In the summer of 2005, Misery Index recorded its first new material with the new, finalized lineup. Two tracks from the recording session, an early version of “Conquistadores” and a cover of Napalm Death’s “Walls of Confinement”, were released on a split 7” with Japan’s Bathtub Shitter via Emetic Records.

The remainder of 2005 saw Misery Index writing for the full-length follow-up to “Retaliate”. By winter the band was ready to record their new album, “Discordia”, with producer/engineer Eyal Levi in Atlanta, GA. ”Discordia” saw a May 2006 release date via new label home Relapse Records and Misery Index continued to tour relentlessly throughout 2006 in support of the new album, crossing countless international borders.

Prior to returning to Europe in early 2007, Misery Index recorded the “Hang ‘Em High 7” in Phoenix, AZ. This became the tour 7” for the band’s European run with label-mates Necrophagist and Origin. The band returned to Europe that summer for a string of festival performances including those at Hellfest, Eisenwahn, Tuska, and more. Misery Index also headlined a tour of Eastern Europe during this trip, hitting places such as Turkey, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, Romania, and Croatia. Upon returning home, Misery Index began writing for their follow-up to “Discordia”.

In early 2008 the band returned to Europe for a three-week headlining tour along with Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre, and Man Must Die. Immediately following, Misery Index was ready head home and begin recording for their third full-length release, “Traitors”.

Misery Index recorded “Traitors” in Salem, MA at Godcity Studios in May of 2008. After leaving the studio, the band joined Origin and Abysmal Dawn for the 2008 Relapse Records Contamination Tour, touring in advance of their new release. Misery Index will see the release of “Traitors” on September 30th in North American, October 6th internationally.

The Music:

The music of Misery Index combines the most intense elements of metal with a distinct grind approach, added with a touch of hardcore and extreme punk attitude and passion, thus pushing the limits of metal with an insane mix of regressive thrashing rhythms, corrupting breakdowns and energetic ferocity. Misery Index sets no limits in their goal of making metal and grind flow together in boundless punishing assaults designed to modernize the classic death and grind metal of the early 90’s, drawing influence from Brutal Truth, Disrupt, Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Terrorizer, His Hero is Gone, Bolt Thrower, Assuck and Entombed.

The imagery and lyrical concepts are also very critical to the band, and one can expect that in the true nature of the genre, Misery Index will catapult their ideology and anger to the forefront, and shove the sickness and hypocrisy of this planet right back in the face of all who so quietly accept the status quo…and have fun at the same time.

(Quelle: Relapse, 2008)


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