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March 2014
Released: 2014, Self Released
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz

I’ll admit it, I love me some Misconducters. Their “trends be damned” crossover approach has always appealed to me. Freely bucking the trends of conventional genre trappings in favor of gut feeling and raw expression, their brand of punkified metal will always be more honest and powerful than any amount of corpse paint and frowning. Following a slate of ripping EPs and 2010’s IT’S ALL YOURS comes their sophomore full length HYPNOPAEDIA, which is unabashedly their strongest offering yet. Continuing to incorporate familiar tomes of early Motorhead, AC/DC, and two fingers in the air punk rock, HYPNOPAEDIA rages with 3 chords of melodious angst and a level of contempt that would make Discharge ask “Man, what’s your deal?”

Lead by founder and sole mainstay Den, Misconducters have always rocked a volatile blend of extreme tunes. But HYPNOPAEDIA immediately feels more aggressive and more important than any of their previous output. Hell, the moment I popped the CD into my car stereo, I felt like I was listening to some old Cro-Mags/Gang Green noise – which if that doesn’t resonate with you, feel free to skip ahead to the next review of “Insert German Power Metal Band Name Here”. For those of you still reading, the opening trifecta of “Unleash”, “Control Evasion”, and “Blind Fate” should be enough to instigate a purchase decision. But as the album progresses through the closing “Oblivion to Chaos”, you’re met with ebbs and flows of distilled virility and unapologetic attitude that make for a holistically potent listening experience. Raw Power indeed.

Seriously – Misconducters are great stuff. If you haven’t already acknowledged their body of work by now, HYPNOPAEDIA would be the right place to start. Angry, aggressive, snotty, and pissed off, this is what rebelling against the norm is supposed to be all about, closed minded genre snobs need not apply. HYPNOPAEDIA should be available for purchase by the time you read this, take a visit to the Misconducters website in the meantime for more info.
Track Listing

1. Unleash
2. Control Evasion
3. Harmonize
4. Blind Fate
5. Passive
6. Resisting Bane
7. Vermifuge (Instrumental)
8. Kingdom
9. Oblivion in Chaos


Den – Vocals, Guitar
Vitão – Drums
Melillo – Bass

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