posted on 1/2010 By:
Miscarriage is certainly not big on self-promotion. This (mostly) one-man project has a small Facebook page, a smaller Soundclick entry, and what is arguably the most uninformative and downright unviewable Myspace page I've ever seen. I suppose one could argue that they're letting the music do the talking and not worrying about courting the masses via cliché- and douchebag-laden marketing tools. But, nevertheless, their Myspace is uniquely atrocious. The yellow font on white background… The big blue boxes… The near-complete lack of any information aside from the three tracks that comprise this EP... This design is intriguing—is it evidence of either extreme confidence in one's music or a lack of motivation and/or concern for self-promotion? Or perhaps is it just a(n im)practical joke...? In today’s age of all things mass-marketed, it’s certainly unexpected, this relative dearth of information about a band with a new EP to peddle…
So if it’s true then that the music is doing the talking here, what does it say?
Well, it says, "melodeath." It says, "Black Dahlia Murder-inspired." It says, "three songs, not bad, low on the technical scale, with a few nice melodic moments, but overall, nothing to get excited over." The guitar riffs are generally simplistic, sometimes thrashy and never flashy, with the requisite melodic lead-work. The vocals are raspy and higher-pitched, never deviating. Like the guitars, the drums are speedy and solid and relatively toned-down. There’s nothing here outside the box. Hell, there’s nothing here that even touches the edges.
Three songs aren’t much upon which an opinion can truly be formed, but from these, I strongly encourage Miscarriage to branch out, to push not only their own boundaries but those of the rather played-out style they’ve chosen. Eternally Yours is by no means dreadful—it’s an acceptable albeit brief chunk of Gothenburg-aspiring melodeath, but it’s so by-the-book that it’s solely for the most rabid fans of the style and hard to recommend otherwise.
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