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Misanthropic Rage have released yet another pristine offering, the Polish duo showing that they’ve got more talent flowing through them than the opener of Metal Hammer’s Golden Gods, Parkway Drive. Listen, if one of the guys in Parkway Drive became ill for some reason and these guys could be flown all of the way from Poland to play that stage, I would be floored.
As for the record, other than just being a melodic masterpiece, as the second cut and massively awesome “I.N.R.I.” showcase, the album also has a great deal of texture. Harsh vocals are utilized, clean vocals are featured and even some saxophone appears in a few places. Considered avant-black metal, this one definitely sees them playing to the very namesake of that term as they weave several different webs of sound and style within this nearly an hour’s worth of playing time. The album Is certainly heavy, and certainly volatile as all great black metal should be, but when we get to a cut like “Abstrakt” where both clean and harsh vocals flow directly into a Kralliceinfluenced post-metal melody, listeners are already aware that this isn’t their father’s black metal disc. It’s something much more than that, as each song retains its own identity and furthermore, its own riff structures. Misanthropic Rage aren’t merely copying and pasting the same song nine times over, and I’m thankful for that. For instance, we have the unexpectedly crunchy and down-tuned sense of “The Hammer and The Nails” which almost sounds like the Painkiller soundtrack, except with some unexpectedly grand sections of thrash and clean vocal, all fronted with a truly memorable selection of lead guitar. The guitar work on this album truly stands out, and despite some spotty production moments, I’m not going to ignore what I feel to be the largest backbone in this performance aside from the drums. When we get to “The Agony Of Breath” there are slight moments of djent, though those are even offset by the incredible tremolos in the background, which almost sound like a sort of rushing water. When you’re handed an album that comes off as beautiful and abstract, yet so fierce and in no way technical to the point of insanity as this; you find it very hard to classify and want to leave almost everything to the listener’s experience. Misanthropic Rage sound absolutely fantastic and they’ve more than left their mark on my cranium with this one. Maybe not so much with the Metal Archives scribes who’ve only given this album an eighty percent, but that is probably because it doesn’t run at five-hundred miles per hour nor sound as much like a mathematical equation as they would like.
In my opinion, Misanthropic Rage are continuing to do what I feel that they do best and I truly hope that more great releases will manifest in the future. Definitely one of Poland’s finest exports, I would love to see these guys get more mainstream coverage. They’re worthy of it, and if you don’t believe me, check the link below. This is quite simply, one of the best albums I’ve heard all year. I’m still listening to long after writing this review, because it’s just that damn memorable.
(9 Tracks, 52:00)
Purchase HERE (Bandcamp)