The Mirroring Shadow
Style: Death Metal
Release date: November 16th 2009

Miseration will give the technical brutal death metal fans their monthly ejaculation. The follow-up of their debut 'Your Demons, Their Angels' has seen the light rather fast. The new record is more brutal, more extreme and a little less melodic; they have even quit the clean vocal parts which made them a kind of weak subtraction from Scar Symmetry on the last album. Nevertheless there are still enough melodic parts and riffs left.

You can surely hear that the members are no 'snotty-little-just-taken-away-from-mothers-breasts' boys, playing an instrument for the first time. Former Scar Symmetry vocalist Christian Älvestam and guitarist Jani Stevanovic are two very experienced members. They are trying to mix the brutal US-death metal ala Hate Eternal and Suffocation with the 90's Scandinavian death metal ala Entombed and Bloodbath. Personally I hear thrash and there are still some Scar Symmetry influences there as well.

One of my favourite songs is "Blueprinted Aeon Collapse"; it has a very, very tight and nice guitar riff near the end of the song. Another song that makes my piss boil is "A Trial Blazed through Time" a song with very tight drumming and extreme interesting and technical guitar riffs. The difficulty with this genre is that there are almost no bands that can write memorable songs. Miseration has the same problem, all songs are o.k., but there is not one that sticks in your head. But perhaps that isn't a goal in this genre.

They have taken a step ahead with this second album and it entertains me a lot more than their debut album.

01. Dreamdecipher
02. Blueprinted Aeon Collapse
03. Voyaging the Seas of Thought

The Mirroring Shadow

05. A Trail Blazed through Time


07. Sulphury Sun
08. Imago
09. Theca
Label: Lifeforce Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: October 21st 2009
Website: www.myspace.com/miseration