|Review: Misanthropik Torment - Murder Is My Remedy|
|Murder Is My Remedy|
Label: Misanthropik Records
Year released: 2021
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 25, 2021
Reviewed by: Micah.Ram
for:Murder Is My Remedy
Rated 1.86/5 (37.14%) (7 Votes)
"The sole purpose of Misanthropik Torment is to stand against tyranny and advocate for the execution of all domestic terrorists alongside of pedophiles, rapists and those who would prey upon the weak. We must kill them!" How's that for an introduction to the band Misanthropik Torment? This was part of a message I found from the band attached to one of the 2020 releases called Rebell Against the Establishment Power Belongs to the People. However, that is not the album being reviewed here, as this is 2021's Murder is my Remedy, the 8th full-length album released from the band. That this is the 8th full-length album might not sound all that unusual if we didn't consider the age of the band, but the band formed in 2017 and the first full-length was released in 2019.
This music was put together by two individuals, the most notable being the leader and vocalist Erick "Leviathan." He has enlisted one Josh Freeman to handle all instrumental work on the album. So, what does this sound like? The first thing I noticed when listening to this album is that production values are a very mixed bag of results. The first track, "Purge," seems to suffer the greatest from varied production values that lead to oddly distorted results in some of the instrumental work and vocals. Not only that, but there is a sensation that near the chorus the volume switches without reason to a higher level. While I didn't notice this particular quality on other tracks, the other tracks on the album also suffer from moments of unclarity, especially when it comes to the cymbals of the drums. With regards to the production, it just feels like this one left the oven a bit too soon.
The guitars are played competently, but none of these riffs stand out much. I do feel that the final track, "The Victim Has Died," has the best riffs and harmonic content. There are also a few somewhat interesting harmonies in "King of Fools" and "Zero Fucks." The title track does also contain a few slightly fun riffs, but the production and everything just does not allow it to feel as fun as it could have been. The drumming is mostly fine except for the shoddy production and the awkward-sounding cymbal work. Instrumentally, the album just does not have anything that pops or stands out.
Let's talk about these lyrics. "Misanthropik Mind" in some way feels lyrically like the summary of what this band is all about. Erick indicates himself as misanthropic, and the lyrics to this song provide plenty of context to the lyrical focus of the band and the album. The song even begins with some trivia, in which I learned how many rapes, murders, and other crimes happen each day before the song really begins. The disgust with people who take advantage of the weak is the lyrical focus of the band, as shown also in the opening quote of this review from the band. This unifying lyrical focus really is the main element of the band that will likely unify fans of this band. However, I cannot help but feel the overwhelmingly cringey sensation when I examine some of these lyrics, especially the lyrics to "Purge" and to a greater extent, "Zero Fucks," which feels like an immature, 13-year-old attitude of anger set to music. It just comes off as immature and kind of lame. Check out these nuggets from that song: "You little bitch, stop talking shit if you want to live!" "Now don't get it twisted when I say bitches. I don't mean that beautiful, fine thing. When I say bitches, what I'm referring to is all these punk-ass men in this fucked up scene who just want to let their clitoris swing!" Yeah...this went south fast for me. Enjoy those lines. Speaking of the lyrical lines, they often do not suit the musical rhythm well, so the vocal delivery is quite often very unmusical in that the rhythms are all over the place.
In summary, I think that there is certainly a direction this band has set as their goal, and that's the beautiful thing about Metal. There is really a direction in Metal for everyone. People who share the misanthropic sentiments of this band will likely follow the band for the messages behind the music. For those who just want to hear some quality Metal, this really isn't it. However, I see potential areas for the band to improve to make a lasting impression on Metal fans who just want quality tunes. For example, there was not a single guitar solo on this album. I personally think that would have helped a few of these songs stand out much better. Secondly, the production is just not quite finished. I do believe better production would have helped a lot of these songs make a stronger impression. The vocal lines are not very rhythmical in many areas, most likely due to the lyrics trying to convey messages over music that doesn't suit the length of the lyrical lines. Perhaps the lyrics can be made after the music and cut down to fit the length of phrases rather than what it sounds like, which may have been that the lyrics and music were not really made for each other. One last thought about this one from me is that quantity seems like it may have been the goal for this band with so many releases. It may be really worth it to slow down the rush to release material and just let things simmer more.
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