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Misery Loves Co.: Not Like Them
To begin with, I have to admit that I honestly believe that this Swedish duo
has never managed to produce anything even remotely interesting. On their debut
album they were worshipping Ministry full-time; this time around Nine Inch Nails
and Tool seem to be their latest heroes. You can basically sense that the guys
spent all summer listening to their latest and lamest obsession; as a result,
Not Like Them has a grand total of zero heavy tracks. Everything is
sacrificed to the bone idol of mechanized sampling and mindless industrial
schlock. What a waste, I tell ya. Occasionally they do hit a heavy note or two.
"Them Nails" does show some promise and "A Million Lies" has little viciousness
inside of it. But all of it cannot redeem their overall leaning towards an
extremely dull "alternative" sound. Add to this a whole lot of awkward acoustic
interludes, and you get the full picture of the album. Ballad-like tracks are
especially lame; probably, because you can hear the emptiness of their lyrical
content. C'mon, how many more Jim Morrison wanna-be poets can this world take? I
for one have had enough.
Vocal parts are not too bad when Patrick does his aggressive screams accompanied
by some solid distortion…. However, when he starts to do clean singing parts, I
just wish it all would go away. This brings back the worst memories of the old
Euro-pop videos that still haunt my childhood memories. Trust me, it wasn't
something you'd want to see or hear on a regular basis. "Infected" has some
decent "normal" vocal parts that are more or less tolerable due to the memorable
main riff, but otherwise it's just bad.
The album does tend to get a little better during the end… Probably, all of
their commercial hopefuls were placed in the beginning of recording (as if we'd
never guess). "Feed The Creep" actually turns out to be a pretty good song for a
minute or so (i.e. just take those aggressive guitar hooks and throw everything
else away). Otherwise, there's not much to it. Actually that's when the fact
that they are ripping off Tool becomes so obvious that it just makes me sick.
What happened to using your own mind to write songs?
Earache have always been signing bands that pioneered the
industrial/experimental music direction such as Scorn or Godflesh. However,
Misery Loves Company is just too much of a commercial band to be considered a
true Earache band, the way we are used to think of it…. I'd say that some of us
who are very much into the whole new dub/gabber/etc scene will dig Not Like
Them; the rest of us is better off waiting for the new Morbid Angel to come
out. At least we know that this part of the label's history always delivers some
Added: January 1st 2004
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