Death Metal extremists MISERY INDEX are now premiering the third track taken from their upcoming album ‘Rituals of Power’. The new offering is slated for release on March 08th, 2019 via Season of Mist. ‘The Choir Invisible’ is now streaming in the form of a lyric video via Loudwire at the link below.
On the track, MISERY INDEX comment:
“‘The Choir Invisible’ is a euphemism for the dead, or those who have passed on. In the context of this song, it is an anthem of the dispossessed and the hopeless. Many across the world exist in an ‘in-between’ state that is often ignored and/or washed over because they lack the power and voice to plead their case as human beings. The song takes up this theme and tells it from the somber view of those who risk their lives, board ships and cross oceans in order to find a better life.”
MISERY INDEX – The Choir Invisible (official lyric video)
Besides the brand new lyric video, drummer Adam Jarvis has also released a brand new drum play-through from the previous released track ‘Rituals of Power’ via Sick Drummer Magazine here!
MISERY INDEX – Rituals of Power (drum play-through)
MISERY INDEX previously announced European and Japanese tour dates in the spring of 2019. A full list of confirmed shows can be found below.
MISERY INDEX Japan+NAPALM DEATH +EYEHATEGOD
05 Mar 19 Osaka (JP) Umeda Club Quatro
06 Mar 19 Tokyo (JP) Shibuya Club Quatro (+Napalm Death +Eyehategod)
MISERY INDEX+WORMROT + THE LION’S DAUGHTER + TRUTH CORRODED
23 Mar 19 Heidelberg (DE) Heidelberg Deathfest
24 Mar 19 Nürnberg (DE) Z-Bau
25 Mar 19 Wien (AT) Escape Metalcorner
26 Mar 19 Brno (CZ) Melodka
27 Mar 19 Dresden (DE) Chemiefabrik
28 Mar 19 Kassel (DE) Goldgrube
29 Mar 19 Berlin (DE) Cassiopeia
30 Mar 19 Eindhoven (NL) Grindhoven
31 Mar 19 München (DE) Backstage
01 Apr 19 Zürich (CH) Werk21
02 Apr 19 Segrate MI (IT) Circolo Magnolia
03 Apr 19 Genf (CH) Usine
04 Apr 19 Paris (FR) Glazart
05 Apr 19 Sint Niklaas (BE) De Casino
06 Apr 19 Essen (DE) Turock
The artwork, which is created by Raphael Gabrio, and track details of ‘Rituals of Power’ can be viewed below.
1. Universal Untruths (2:35)
2. Decline and Fall (4:36)
3. The Choir Invisible (4:26)
4. New Salem (3:24)
5. Hammering the Nails (3:46)
6. Rituals of Power (5:20)
7. They Always Come Back (5:08)
8. I Disavow (4:21)
9. Naysayer (2:26)
The band comment on the album:
“‘Rituals of Power’ is a disavowal and warning against the consequences of our so-called ‘post-truth’ age. Each of the 9 songs revolves loosely around this theme, yet each track also stands very much on its own. As an album however, they are all brought to life as one ‘reanimated’ monster; it’s roughly 35 minutes of unhinged, yet cohesive, riff-driven aural ballistics. We were pissed off and on fire during both the writing and recording, and we think it shows in spades. We set out to write the best album we could, based on what we would want to hear first as fans of this music, and we could not be happier.”
MISERY INDEX return furiously with their brand new album, ‘Rituals of Power’! With their sixth full-length, the American icons of hard hitting brutality display the strength of maturity grown out of the experience gained as a relentless touring machine. The general trend of their continuous evolution to incorporate less core elements and move towards classic death metal finds a new high water mark.
When their debut EP ‘Overthrow’ was recorded in 2001 by vocalist and bassist Jason Netherton (ex-DYING FETUS) together with (then) guitarist and vocalist Mike Harrison and drummer Kevin Talley (ex-DYING FETUS), MISERY INDEX immediately charted a course to explore and push the limits of Death Metal and Grindcore, drawing influence from bands like MORBID ANGEL, NAPALM DEATH, TERRORIZER, BOLT THROWER and ENTOMBED. The erstwhile project shifted to a full time band when guitarist Sparky Voyles (ex-DYING FETUS) joined.
In 2003, MISERY INDEX unleashed their first full-length ‘Retaliate’, to exceptional reviews and followed by numerous support tours and festivals in Europe and North America. After several line-up changes, second album ‘Discordia’ was released in 2006 with even more touring in its wake. Their third full-length, ‘Traitors’ (2008) reaped raving reactions from both critics and fans and saw the band on the road again until 2009. Then MISERY INDEX dropped ‘Heirs to Thievery’ (2010) like a bomb on the Death Metal masses, shattering all expectations. The album was both a commercial and critical success, elevating the band to headlining slots. During that year, long time guitarist Sparky Voyles was replaced by Darin Morris.
A string of shows and festivals around the globe followed and on the Munich date of ‘Full of Hate Tour’ alongside CANNIBAL CORPSE, BEHEMOTH and LEGION OF THE DAMNED, the band recorded their first live album. Released early 2013, ‘Live in Munich’ perfectly epitomized the rawness and ferocity that MISERY INDEX elevated onto a new level with their fifth full length “The Killing Gods” in 2014. Now with “Rituals of Power”, revolving around the concept of “truth”, MISERY INDEX are back with nine crushing tracks which tackle how ‘truth’ has been constructed and molded throughout history as a means to uphold power, regimes and ideologies. Brace, hold tight and run for cover, the wrath of MISERY INDEX is upon us and they are more furious than they’ve ever been.
Jason Netherton: bass, vocals
Adam Jarvis: drums
Mark Kloeppel: guitar, vocals
Darin Morris: lead guitar