Heirs to Thievery

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Band Name Misery Index
Album Name Heirs to Thievery
Type Album
Data de lançamento 11 Maio 2010
Recorded at Wrightway Studios
Estilo de MúsicaDeath Grind
Membros têm este álbum136


 Embracing Extinction
 Fed to the Wolves
 The Carrion Call
 Heirs to Thievery
 The Spectator
 The Illuminaught
 The Seventh Cavalry
 Plague of Objects
 You Lose
 Sleeping Giants
 Day of the Dead

Total playing time: 34:21

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Crítica @ Demogorefest

08 Junho 2010
I was a bit nervous about listening to this band for the first time when I heard they had a new album coming out, and was afraid they might be infected with the "Deathcore Virus", however, I couldn't have been farther from the truth. Heirs to Thievery is an excellent Death/Grind album, with no Deathcore ties whatsoever.

Misery Index is essentially a Dying Fetus side project, with an ex-vocalist and Guitarist from the band, and the tracks have almost the same sound to them, the only real distinguishable difference between the 2 is Misery Index's more blatant political themes in their more recent albums, which mainly consist of songs about modern American politics, which is usually a bland topic, however, when one of the best Death/Grind bands around takes up the issues in songs like the title track 'Heirs to Theivery', the ideas seem more interesting rather than hearing another rich, middle aged white man drone on about them on CSPAN.

The album opens up with an almost too-fast song called "Embracing Extinction", and quickly leads into the second song "Fed To The wolves", which has more musical structure to it than the first track. The third track on the album, "The Carrion Call" is probably my favorite track off the new album, the entire 3 minutes and 46 seconds of this song is pummeling and grinding, which is just the way I like my Deathgrind tracks. Other notable tracks on "Heirs to Thievery" include the title track, "The Spectator","The Illuminaught", and "You Lose".
If you're as much of a fan of Dying Fetus and Criminal Element as i am, i'm pretty sure the new Misery Index album, Heirs to Thievery will not disappoint. From "Embracing Extinction" to "Day of The Dead", this album is a great example of what Deathgrind can aspire to, and shouldn't be overlooked by any fan of the genre. Misery Index is one of the few newer American Death Metal bands that actually can hold their own against the competition overseas.

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Comentário @ Crinn

03 Agosto 2012

13/20. A strong death grind record.

I was surprised by the fact that I wasn’t super excited when I saw that Misery Index had released a new album. I told myself that it was time to stop procrastinating and get the album about two months after its release. I guess I had a weird hunch that the band had fucked everything up and that it would ruin it for me if I heard the album. Before the album was finished, I started asking myself “why the hell did you think that?” In other words, this album is a solid slab of grinding brutality and that Misery Index really meant what they said after the Traitors release: they have no plans of EVER slowing down. For those of you that want a quick factual summary of the sound, Misery Index took the sound from Traitors and put back some of the grinding brutality from the Retaliate/Discordia days.

But Traitors had a lot of new melodic elements, unfamiliar in Misery Index territory. Now, it seems that the band liked the sound of Traitors and decided to make the small melodic elements part of their overall sound which, to be honest, wasn’t a bad idea at all. In songs like The Carrion Call, I can hear some Dying Fetus-style breakdowns with a lot of groove. Although there aren’t breakdowns this pronounced in every single track, the existing ones substantially affected the general sound of the record in its entirety. I can see how doing this could have easily ruined the music, but I think that Misery Index realized that these kind of breakdowns would fit in PERFECTLY with their sound. But not only that, there’s a lot more grindcore in their music.

Some people were a bit disappointed by Traitors because it didn’t have quite as much blast beat drumming as they wanted. But now, the band has brought the grinding blast beats from Discordia to dust off the cobwebs and let them shine once again. Although I’ve heard much crisper and tighter blast beats from bands like Dying Fetus and Exhumed, these blast beats are some of the heaviest and most bombarding I’ve ever heard. The drummer branches out and decides to play more chaotic fills during pauses in the music. The unfortunate thing about that is that he does somewhat of a sloppy job on those fills, which are easily noticeable. I like the simpler and much tighter fills that he did in Traitors much better. But then again, he didn’t TOTALLY fail at the more chaotic fills, he was just sloppy. The drumming is fantastic, but the bass has decreased in complexity and creativity. The bassist went from playing a much more complex set of lines to just simply following the drum patterns.

The vocals in this album aren’t necessarily better than Traitors, but they’re definitely more powerful. The seemingly belted-out growls on Heirs to Thievery are the other reason besides the drumming that this album sounds so much heavier than Traitors. Contrary to Traitors, the vocalist has more variety in what he does; which includes frequently placing screams on top of growls, which doesn’t sound half bad. His growls aren’t quite as deep as I would like them to be, which is primarily because he’s putting a lot more force and energy into them. I love how there’s more power, but I liked them more when they were deeper.

It’s starting to look like Misery Index is only further solidifying their place amongst the greatest death grind legends ever. Although I wouldn’t consider them the best out of that particular group, I would certainly consider Misery Index to be one of the best the genre has to offer. I would give this album 13/20.

I wouldn't bother watching the video below, but I would recommend looking up the studio version.

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