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Industrialized Alien Landscapes - 84%

TheStormIRide, March 3rd, 2017
Written based on this version: 2017, CD, Krucyator Productions (Digipak)

Despite the minimalistic packaging, the digipak interior of Miserist’s eponymously titled debut EP features only a reference to the music as a “horrendous collection of noise.” Aside from the track titles and a brief sentence telling where the recording and mastering took place, no other information is available on this cryptic Australian entity. Online sources show that the band released a demo as Headwar and changed their name in 2016, but the membership and their identities remain shrouded in mystery. While bands attempting to remain anonymous in the realms of metal is becoming more prominent, and less shocking as a result, Miserist’s choice to remain in darkness seems fitting given their maligned sound.

Right out of the gate, the band’s debut EP is a thundering abyss of punishing black/death metal mixed with experimental ambiance and industrial rigidity. It’s an album that is dissonant and jarring, unsettling in its off-kilter approach. There are only a few moments of downtime, which serve as a short space to catch your breath before being forced back under the vitriolic waters. Pummeling, mechanical percussion constantly assaults, yet the disjointed approach offers something quite alien and organic. The bass and guitars join together in pulverizing waves of dissonant, atonal riffs and destructive chords. Though these moments of crushing, mechanized black/death metal are the band’s most prominent feature, the swaths of disturbing experimentation and blackened ambient show that Miserist are not just toying with perturbed themes of uneasiness.

The cover art shows a bleak, grayed backdrop with a simple text logo and an upside Cthulhu skull. Honestly, that describes the music without any ambiguity: Miserist plays twisted and decrepit music that paints a bleak and malformed soundscape. It’s unsettling and destructive, yet it remains quite accessible throughout. That being said, Miserist’s debut is not for the faint of heart.

Written for The Metal Observer.