Misery Inc. - Suicide Serenade

Year of Release: 2003
Label: independent
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 18:39:00

This is yet another Finnish acquaintance here at ProgPower Online [where this review first appeared -PW ed.]. Last year I reviewed Misery Inc.'s second demo titled For Your Misery Only, which certainly left me wanting more, and here it is, their brand new promo CD.

This new demo pretty much follows the same direction as the last demo. Their sound lies somewhere between melodic metal and power metal. The guitars are crunchy and dead heavy which gives a raw, ballsy sound. Vocalist Jukkis has a deep, full tone and although he usually stays in the lower and mid register, he occasionally shows that he has a good range. In fact, in the more mellow parts, Misery Inc. can easily be taken for a goth metal band due to the deep vocals and the dark atmosphere. Stylistically I would say they sound like a cross between Rage, To-Die-For, Entwine and Sonata Arctica.

The use of mellow parts and piano laden themes is smart and enrich the final product with variety and keeps the listener interested. The songs are all very good, no fillers. And although there aren't any real killer tracks here, they certainly maintain high quality throughout the CD. And having in mind their last demo, I'd say they now have enough material to make a good, consistent full blown CD. The production is also better than on the last demo.

I sincerely hope that someone will pick this band up soon. It is well deserved!

Similar To: Rage, Sonata Artica, To-Die-For

[This review originally appeared May 2003 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]

Suicide Serenade / Darkness / Life Ain't Fair / Follow / Hated (Last Song)

Jontu - drums
Jukkis - vocals
Janne - guitar
Teemu - guitar
Jukka - bass

Chains (demo) (2002)
For Your Misery Only (demo) (2002)
Suicide Serenade (demo) (2003)
Yesterday's Grave (2003)

Genre: Progressive-Power Metal

Origin FI

Added: January 17th 2005
Reviewer: Bjørnar Bevolden
Artist website: www.miseryinc.org
Hits: 772
Language: english


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