the killing gods (2014/SEASON OF MIST)
DEATH-METAL/GRINDCORE. MISERY INDEX's "the killing gods" album distills almost 15 years of relentless touring, recording and writing into one of 2014's best extreme metal albums. "the killing gods", 12 tracks (including the five-part, 15min. album opener "faust"), are a crucial exercise in veracity; eschewing superfluous parts or studio trickery for brutal economy and effect. Riff after riff drips with malevolence, while the band's dual vocal assault transmits the chaos of a dystopian society gone mad. As "the killing gods" proves from start to finish, MISERY INDEX has crossed the threshold into death-metal greatness.
MISERY INDEX / STRUCTURE OF LIES
split (2003/DEEP SIX)
GRINDCORE. A skull-opening assault of extreme thrash violence split between two of the most vile bands on the planet. MISERY INDEX (ex-members of DYING FETUS) continue their scorching technical death metal viciousness, while STRUCTURE OF LIES unload some brute-colliding, finger-flying obliteration of their own.
absent light (2013/RUN FOR COVER)
METALCORE. The MISERY SIGNALS sound continues to stand apart from the pack on their 1st album in over 5 years. Their combination of progressive, technical and atmospheric riffage with melodic prowess, impassioned frenzy and unhinged rock 'n' roll edge helped define part of the new wave of american metalcore and will continue to do so on "absent light". Appealing to fans of CONVERGE, IT PREVAILS and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
collection I (2003/PLAN 9)
PUNK-ROCK. A great introduction to those not familiar (?) with one of the most influential punk-bands of all times, and a great relief for those who only have THE MISFITS on vinyl.
collection II (2003/CAROLINE)
PUNK-ROCK. "collection II" picks up where THE MISFITS "collection I" left off, making widely available for the 1st time many of the band's legendary early tracks. There are also a selection of tracks from "walk among us" not covered by the 1st compilation, as well as the remainder of the "earth a.d." album. If you began your MISFITS collection with the 1st compilation, "collection II" makes an excellent supplement, and the 2 put together are close to being definitive.
die die my darling (1996/PLAN 9)
PUNK-ROCK. Three song MLP originally released in 1984. So buy it already, you can't go wrong.
earth a.d. (1996/PLAN 9)
PUNK-ROCK. With their 2nd album, THE MISFITS speed up the tempo even more, producing a wall of thrashy sonic murk. This time with Robo of BLACK FLAG on drums.
evilive (2014/PLAN 9)
PUNK-ROCK. This live album captures THE MISFITS in all their ghoulish glory, tearing through tracks from "walk among us" and early 7"s. Recorded in 1981 on both the west coast (San Francisco) and the east coast (New York). It even features Henry Rollins of STATE OF ALERT and BLACK FLAG fame doing guest vocals on one song ("we are 138").
legacy of brutality (1996/PLAN 9)
PUNK-ROCK. "legacy of brutality" compiles a variety of THE MISFITS rarities and outtakes, including the entire unissued portion of the band's unreleased 1978 debut, "static age" (several of its tracks that appeared on early 7"s are not included here). Also present are the a-sides of the non album 7"s "halloween" and "who killed marilyn?".
project 1950 (expanded edition) (2014/MISFITS)
PUNK-ROCK. THE MISFITS special project showcasing punk covers of 1950's-era rock 'n' roll classics assembles an all-star lineup to bring this creature to life. Founding member Jerry Only frontlines a spiked jukebox on bass and lead vocals, with BLACK FLAG-alum Dez Cadena utilizing an arsenal of guitars to achieve a dynamic that best suits each song. This all-new expanded edition debuts 3 never-before released bonus tracks (with MISFITS drummer Eric Arce rounding out the lineup), Thick180gr, colored vinyl comes with alternate cover artwork.
static age (1997/CAROLINE)
PUNK-ROCK. "the static age" recording sessions were financed by Mercury Records. The band was literally given the graveyard shifts at the studio and most of the basic tracks were cut in the 1st two sessions. Approximately half that time was used to get the sound levels up on the board which left very little time for actual tracking. Therefore the band had to do the best they could with each of the 17 songs in only a few takes each.
walk among us (2015/RHINO)
PUNK-ROCK. "walk among us", THE MISFITS' legendary 1982 debut album, isn't so much a musical milestone as it is an an American music culture milestone. A mixture of '50s sci-fi and horror imagery, ELVIS, rock-a-billy and still fun, funny, creepy and brilliant. A wonderfully crude 13 songs churned out in just 25min. and 25 years later still a classic.
s/t (2014/SOCIETY BLEEDS)
HARDCORE. Hailing from Washington, D.C., MISLED YOUTH holds nothing back as they rip through 5 songs in under 6min. with nothing but pure, fast hardcore. Featuring members of other powerhouse bands such as COKE BUST and METH LAB, the intensity and urgency displayed on the band's debut 7" is not unlike the member's other projects, but with its own unique identity. Strong influences from POISON IDEA, to YOUTH OF TODAY and early '00s D.C. hardcore such as STRICKING DISTANCE are all apparent in MISLED YOUTH's sound, blending together nicely for a new take on a classic style of hardcore.
MISS MAY I
METALCORE. "deathless" is heralded by the label as the band's strongest and most impressive material to date. MISS MAYI produced the band's 1st two albums as well as countless other mammoth metalcore releases. This material brings back the initial ingredients of fast, aggressive hooks and melodic, yet brutal breakdowns while showcasing everything the band has learned and absorbed over the past years of touring. Vinyl version includes a CD.
MISS MAY I
rise of the lion (2014/RISE)
METALCORE. "rise of the lion" is 10 songs - all of them delving deeper into the source of anguish that fueled 2012's "at heart". MISS MAY I present an even more eclectic side to the organized chaos they have earned a reputation for. "rise of the lion" is easily the band's strongest and most impressive material to date. Colored vinyl version includes a CD version.