Released: 2014, Season Of Mist
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
When I hear good news (and good music!) from death metal bands, I am always with a big smile on my face. Misery Index, one of the best new death metal bands of our generation, made a purely lethal death metal record, both in playing and sounding. Several grind elements are integrated in classic metal structures and length. THE KILLING GODS is their fifth album; far away from the grind world they suggested us in the previous efforts. Now, you are wondered how this record is sounding? “Gallows Humor” is a pure and absolutely a Misery Index song, but if it was released 7 years ago, it would be 3 times faster and the Slayer-istic part would have been more brutal.
Another one change is that: the first five tracks of the album are all part of one collective song called "Faust". Misery Index wouldn’t have done anything like that, a multiple-part song, in the past.
In addition, they began to put more solos in the tracks (thank God!) and now they choose extensive musical structures like the title track (5:30 minutes). As a death/grind band they wouldn’t have done something like that previously.
I am very happy that a non classic death metal band has enough to say (and play) in the saturated field of death metal. THE KILLING GODS is a catchy death metal sonic behemoth, with modern sound but far away from near-death-metal bands (deathcore) like Whitechapel and co. Their music is only simple and stripped-down death metal.
If the band will split-up after this record, it would be like Metallica’s split-up after MASTER OF PUPPETS