Rating:
8.4
Misery Index - Traitors
30 September 2008


01. We Never Come In Peace
02. Theocracy
03. Partisans Of Grief
04. Traitors
05. Ghosts Of Catalonia
06. Occupation
07. Ruling Class Cancelled
08. The Arbiter
09. American Idolatry
10. Thrown Into The Sun
11. Black Sites


In the midst of the world's political powerhouse America, where corruption within the government is all too evident after the economic crisis in the third quarter of 2008, a group of anarchist naysayers enter the courtroom as plaintiffs to point fingers at their crumbling society. While public enterprises that were proudly standing tall one day to fall to the ground the next, the misery index has risen due to the increasing unemployment rate and the ever rising price of oil. The timing couldn't have been more appropriate for the angry death/grind quartet. The band's third full-length outlet Traitors is a punishing and heavy morally armed record that offers no compromise, condemning the world to some anger fueled catchy grindcore tinged death metal.

As the heavy weighted opener "We Never Come in Peace" barges into your sound system with juggernaut-like guitars slamming their way through the barricades with power chords and the drums pounding away with equal the amount of energy, society's punishment has only but begun as Mark Kloeppel screams into the microphone:

"In the true eyes of God, we will never be forgiven."

What is to follow are ten tracks of solid, raging and infectiously catchy music. Although the album falls into one conceptual dimension it being to offer the masses aggressive and groove fueled extreme metal, Misery Index increase the value of their effort by succeeding in exploring a healthily varied approach of their set objective. This means that Traitors will have you floored by the time the record reaches its end. The group can either choose to play through well balanced fast-paced death/grind with monumental tracks such as "Occupation" and "Black Sites" or they can resort to the ultra-violence and shoot you down with a three round burst semi-automatic machine gun with incendiary grindcore tracks like "Ruling Class Cancelled," "The Arbiter" and "American Idolatry" all consecutive to each other. That isn't the sum of it as Misery Index have proven with this album that they can set the tone for some seriously good, sinister and morose music with mid-paced punishers in "Ghosts Of Catalonia" and "Thrown Into The Sun."

With all this taken into account and how the band touches on topics such as the stubbornness of religion, the corruption of power (governments) and the ugly face of American society, Traitors is an extremely punishing and powerful record acting as a testimony to the faults of mankind. The anger is not only portrayed but felt through the raspy growls of frontman Mark Kroeppel alongside with the imposing heavy laden guitars and the never ceasing rhythmic assault that the drumming is.

Misery Index have entered the courtroom to stand as the plaintiffs to now find themselves at the front as the judge waving down the hammer making the judgment call. If you are looking for an adrenaline pumping experience look no further as Traitors will get that right eye of yours fidgeting and your arteries boiling. Who needs amphetamines anyways? Get this.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Band profile: Misery Index
Album: Traitors


 


written by Visioneerie | 01.05.2010


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Visioneerie - 01.05.2010 at 06:49  
Definitely one of the better albums grindcore has to offer. A solid contender that might be hard to top with their new upcoming album.
oroboros - 01.05.2010 at 09:20  
Written by Visioneerie on 01.05.2010 at 06:49

Definitely one of the better albums grindcore has to offer. A solid contender that might be hard to top with their new upcoming album.


It would be hard to top it up cos with grind/death it rarely comes better than traitors.
But i hope they do;D
Uirapuru - 01.05.2010 at 12:43  
Nice I was missing some grindcore reviews. Gonna check this out in no time.
Deadsoulman - 01.05.2010 at 13:52  
Great album, in my opinion their best, even better than Dissent and Retaliate. I like how they increased the catchiness factor without giving up brutality. There's some of their best material on this album: Theocracy, Traitors, The Arbiter, Thrown Into The Sun...

We Never Come In Peace is one of my favourite album intros ever. It's like the first slap in the face before the relentless beating up.
Mr. Doctor - 01.05.2010 at 14:26  
I found it ok... I listen to it once but didn't find it memorable at all. If I want this kind of Grindcore I just take Brutal Truth or Napalm Death.
7,0 or something from me
Visioneerie - 02.05.2010 at 02:51  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 01.05.2010 at 14:26

I found it ok... I listen to it once but didn't find it memorable at all. If I want this kind of Grindcore I just take Brutal Truth or Napalm Death.
7,0 or something from me

This is the kind of album that clicked with me instantly upon first listen but you might want to give it another shot because it doesn't get much catchier and memorable than this in grindcore, imo.
Mr. Doctor - 02.05.2010 at 02:56  
Written by Visioneerie on 02.05.2010 at 02:51

This is the kind of album that clicked with me instantly upon first listen but you might want to give it another shot because it doesn't get much catchier and memorable than this in grindcore, imo.


I gave it some shots for a while, listening to their myspace and stuff. But I don't really think it's that catchy. Like I said before, some bands have done it and better. Tastes differ in this case.
Visioneerie - 02.05.2010 at 19:22  
Written by Deadsoulman on 01.05.2010 at 13:52

Great album, in my opinion their best, even better than Dissent and Retaliate. I like how they increased the catchiness factor without giving up brutality. There's some of their best material on this album: Theocracy, Traitors, The Arbiter, Thrown Into The Sun...

We Never Come In Peace is one of my favourite album intros ever. It's like the first slap in the face before the relentless beating up.

I agree, it's their best album up to date so it'll be interesting to see if their new one coming out in a few days will be able to continue the upward slope this band has been going on. The self-titled track is pretty killer so we'll see.

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