The crust punk veterans from the wintry polar vortex of Minnesota have returned to release yet another great record. This time it’s a 6 song 30 minute album that’s very loosely considered an EP. MISERY have had the same lineup for the past 25 years now, and is unique in the fact that all members take turn at lead vocals. Very early in the beginning, the lead vocalist left the band to pursue other options with a band from NYC. Although this other band may arguably have a bigger reputation than MISERY, the group crumbled due to a “difference of egos”. This new offering, aptly titled The Beginning, features the original 5-piece lineup on 1/3 of the material here. This is the band’s second release on Seattle based Inimical Records, and is the follow up to the highly acclaimed 2xLP “From Where The Sun Never Shines”, which was put out in 2012.
The record starts with 2 brand new tunes, title track The Beginning and Armageddon. The Beginning utilizes heavy usage of clean guitar melodies, and starts with a baby’s wails before any vocals. Musically the song seems to describe the cleanliness of birth before the corruption we all endure from the forces leading society. The sense of doom is palpable. Guest singer Cassandra Schorn aka DUFF joins Jon on the vocal work, the duo trading off back and forth throughout the song. It works really well, providing even more atmosphere to an already great tune. Lyrical focus is the malevolent hierarchy of society, and with lines like “they’ve tainted your brain from the very first day”, it’s a clear reference to the social conditioning that is impossible not to witness. Armageddon is the second brand new one, and is much more typical of the crust we’ve come to expect from MISERY. Some of the guitar riffs are very reminiscent of the song Just Never Ends. The song builds from lyrical ideas laid out by the one before it, but becomes more specific in relation to the social control of religion. The drums (especially the tom fills) are amazing on this tune.
The middle of this record features 2 songs from the first recording session in 1988, back when they were a 5-piece. Midnight features Al Long, for the first time on a MISERY song since he left to work with NAUSEA. Just like the original, the music is slow and doomsy as all hell. It’s clear that the band worked some new ideas into the mix, which gives the song an updated feel to it. In all reality, things are just as bleak as they were back then, but instead of worrying about atomic warfare, we now must face the looming doom of enslavement of the human species. Side B opens with New Year’s, another song originally recorded during the same session as Midnight, but which never made it to record until 1996. Originally sung by Al, Gags takes over the vox and MISERY make it their own. They do a damn good job, and just like Midnight, the song is different and yet the same, with better studio techniques this time around.
The last 2 songs are covers originally recorded by bands that were influential to MISERY. First up is a cover of Lifeline by SACRILEGE. Album closer is 3rd From the Sun, originally done by CHROME, and is the other song to feature the band as a 5-piece. Gary makes a great performance on the drum kit in this one.
Artwork & layout by Andy Lefton of WAR // PLAGUE, PROVOKED, etc.
Recorded at House Of Misery Studio 2012.
this EP-LP is highly recommended, and you should kick your own ass if you dont buy it!
INIMICAL RECORDS: http://www.inimical.com
One of the most prominent and important anarcho-punk bands play Minneapolis for the first time in 32 years!
We’ll be having a limited run of the Organize and Arise shirts for the July 20th gig,
so get…while the gettin’s good! (there will be patches available as well)
We’ll be picking up PE #64 from the printers on Friday, June 7, 2013. This massive 36-page newspaper-type issues compiles reprints from PE’s blog from 2012 and 2013.
Includes interviews / features on:
- Walter Bond
- Jake Conroy (Of the SHAC Campaign)
- DEADLY REIGN
- Adam DeGross
- Luk Haas
- Gord Hill
- KRUM BUMS
- Chris Parry
- Rural punks
- THE SHAME
- SUFFERING LUNA
- Vaudie Va-Boom
- Mike XvX
The expected ship date is on or shortly after June 7, 2013
ORDER PRINT COPY
WARNING: There is virtually nothing new in this issue that has not been previously published on our web blog. There is no cover price and money being charged here is to nominally cover printing, shipping and bank fees. You may be able to get a copy for free or small donation from touring bands or at Extreme Noise Records, Long Haul Info Shop and other cool DIY places
Organize and Arise along with Profane Existence will be setting up shop at Cause Spirits and Soundbar in Uptown Minneapolis to celebrate 25 years of MISERY as they play two gigs. One all ages show and a later 21+ show. Needless to say, this will be a record release show for DESPISE and WAR//PLAGUE, along with many other bands.
The War//Plague record release show for On A Darker Dawn is this Saturday, July 28 at Cause. They’re playing with legendary crust band, Misery and Despise who will compel you with their raunchy female vocals. Don’t miss this show!
WAR//PLAGUE On A Darker Dawn is streaming on CVLT Nation! CLICK HERE!
We still have limited yellow vinyl available! Anyone who purchases the record this weekened will receive a free Profane Existence patch with their order! ORDER HERE!
WAR//PLAGUE “On A Darker Dawn” LP Release Show
Pre-Order Your Copy on Limited Edition Color Vinyl By Clicking Here!
Saturday July 28th, 2012 // Cause Soundbar // 3001 Lyndale Ave. // Minneapolis, MN // 9pm // 21+ / $5
MISERY * WAR//PLAGUE * DESPISE
ANTISECT (UK Anarcho-Punk Legends)
Antisect are from England formed in 1982. Their debut album, In Darkness There is No Choice, was released in 1983. They played a significant role punk rock history, and are said to have been a major influence upon “black-clad, politically charged punks over the last 30 years”. The band addressed issues of animal rights and social justice and were among the instigators of the squat venue scene in the mid to late 1980s. Members lived the lifestyle of being either on the road or part of the vibrant London squat scene of the time. They toured extensively both in the UK and Europe, before splitting up in 1987. The band reformed in May 2011. The fact that they are touring the U.S. and playing the Triple Rock (Minneapolis, MN) on Sunday June 3rd is epic! If you live in Minneapolis or anywhere within a day’s drive we recommend going to this show.
MISERY (MPLS Crust Legends)
Misery have been making noise in Minneapolis since the late 80’s. Their music and message have been heard around the world… in fact their original vocalist, Al Long, left Misery in 1988 to join legendary New York based anarcho-punk band Nausea. Word on the street has it that he is back in town and will be on stage singing with Misery at this gig. I for one am looking forward to this!
WARTORN (Appleton, WI)
Bitty, famed PE Columnist, and co. will be headed to Minneapolis to make a special appearance at this gig and kick off their West Coast Tour with Profane label-mates IN DEFENCE.
IN DEFENCE (Mpls Pizza Crust… ???)
Local Minneapolis taco thrashers In Defence will kick things off.