"Absent Light" (Basik; 2013)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Misery Signals are a metalcore band from Wisconsin. These guys blend in complex time signatures, chugging riffs and locomotive breakdowns, all of which equate to some great music that is never predictable.

This is their fourth disc and it's got more music on it than I've heard from bands that have ten albums under their belt. Metalcore and mathcore share some of the same similarities, most notably the vocals (metalcore, by definition, would have harsher vocals). Karl Schubach has a vocal delivery that is right up in-your-face. He is growling from start to finish and the music goes great with his voice. Karl does have some clean vocals at the start of the last track "Everything Will Rust."

The time signatures on "Absent Light" change without warning but it's never a trip and fall type of change. Instead, it's calculated, tight and when you absorb their prowess it will amaze you. "Absent Light" is eleven songs of awesome. The guitar is incredible, the drums double-bass their way right through the songs and the bass keeps a low growl when a time signature extends beyond two bars.

I've always been a fan of metalcore and math rock primarily because its takes more than just talent to play this type of music. These guys are dedicated musicians and you can tell from the very first five seconds of this disc.

Misery Signals: Karl Schubach - vocals; Ryan Morgan - guitar; Greg Thomas - guitar; Kyle Johnson - bass; Branden Morgan - drums.

For more information - http://www.miserysignals.net.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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