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MISERY SPEAKS
MISERY SPEAKS
ALVERAN

German metal monsters Misery Speaks' debut disc 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 bonecrunching intensity and oodles of extreme metallic shrederry. If you're not a stickler for originality, then this disc will really make an impact.
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- Mike SOS