Release DetailsLABEL Ferret Music
RELEASED ON 7/22/2008
posted on 8/2008 By:
With the break up of Life In Your Way, with their third album, Wisconsin’s Misery Signals become the unquestionable leaders in shimmery, melodic emotional metalcore, and Controller, while not matching their debut, Malice and the Magnum Heart, is every bit as good as Mirrors and arguably the best pure metalcore release of 2008.
Yeah, so that intro scared off about 75% of you and those left are metalcore/Misery Signals fans, right? And if you are like me, this, along with the Shai Hulud, Ligeia and The Human Abstract were huge blips on your musical radar for 2008, and now I’ve heard three of the four, and Controller appears to be the best of the three I’ve heard (I’ve yet to hear the Ligeia but the recent Myspace tracks don’t appear very promising).
Basically, Controller isn’t that much of a departure from Mirrors with the return of a Devin Townsend (who produced Malice) production plying ten tracks of layered, intricate and truly evocative metalcore that avoid most traditional structures and instead delivers cascading, heartfelt melodies full of heft and emotional depth. The mix of stuttering riffs and sumptuous harmonies all backed by Karl Schubach’s stern bark, make for an album that’s not full of hits or singles, but rather a personal, singular and gracefully heavy listening experience. Throw in a few gorgeous moments of introspection (“Coma”, “Reset”, “Homecoming”) and some well paled but thankfully rare clean vocals (“A Certain Death”, “Ebb and Flow”), and you get a metalcore album that shows the genre isn’t quite dead yet. It’s almost like choppy melodic metalcore lightly kissed by the dense moods, builds and shimmering refrains of post rock.
Highlights are impossible to pick as I can listen to the entire album from start to finish multiple times, but the short but rending “Labyrinthian”, “A Certain Death”, rangy “Reset” and simply epic closer “Homecoming” certainly evoke more emotion making for 2008's most impressive metalcore release, from arguably the genre’s top band.
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