"Misery Speaks" (Alveran; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


The self-titled debut CD from these German metal monsters doesn't break much ground, but this 12-track offering does manage to crack some skulls with its terse delivery and blood-curdling riffs. Just check the skull crushing opening cut "First Bullet Hit" as proof of how this quintet effortlessly merges pit-thrashing metalcore and melodic death metal.

Sounding like an amalgamation of As I Lay Dying, Heaven Shall Burn, and Maroon, what Misery Speaks lacks in creativity they more than compensate for in bone-crunching intensity and oodles of extreme metallic shrederry.

If you're not a stickler for originality, then this disc will really make an impact.

For more information, check out www.miseryspeaks.com.

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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