ALBUM: Misery Signals – Controller

Release Date: July 22nd, 2008
Label: Ferret Music
Website: None available


Brutality is the one thing that springs to mind upon listen to recent release ‘Controller’ by Milwaukee’s Misery Signals, a record with a simple name that contains songs that aren’t so simple, and heavy enough to turn your brains into nothing but a pile of mush.

‘Parrallels’ is a perfect example of this band’s technical style, and manage to pull it off without it sounding terrible and down the perfection. The blasting drum work of Branden Morgan is one to be envious of right from the first second, pummeling your ears beat by beat. In terms of Karl Schubach‘s lyrics, the song has content that they may remind you slightly of Kate Nash‘s ‘Foundations’, with “I see myself in the cracks of your foundation”, but with a deliverance that obviously wouldn’t come from a pop artist. Though heavy 90%+ of the time, the band manage to shove a break from the rampage, before shoving you right back into the firing line.

The first single release ‘A Certain Death’ comes across with properties that would make it an obvious choice for a metal promotional single release, with the expectable guitar riff pattern and structure, and the vocal work staying away from territory that would deem it too unfriendly to play on TV or the radio. The melodic vocal harmony section is one that could melt the heart of saint, with an underlying heavy vocal track behind it to ensure these guys don’t wanna come across too mainstream for their liking. The thing is it makes the track catchy too, with the lines “And I can’t pretend anymore / to be a part of this / And I’ll leave my burdens at the door / But I’ll never walk here again” holding the potential to get stuck in your head, which is obviously exactly what you want with any single release.

Though it has its strong points, there are points in this album that make you think some ideas are used in more than one song. But with tracks like those already mentioned, and ‘Reset’, they more than make up for it. Though not a perfect piece of work, it’s definitely one that the band should be very proud of.

Written by Zach Redrup