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Long-running death metal extremists MISERY INDEX will unleash their anticipated sixth full-length Rituals Of Power this Friday via Season Of Mist. Delivering nine pummeling tracks centered around the concept of “truth” and its use throughout history as a means to uphold power, regimes, and ideologies, with Rituals Of Power MISERY INDEX is more furious than ever before.
On the eve of its release, Kerrang Magazine is hosting a full stream of the record, noting, “The Maryland four-piece’s music is straightforward and pummeling, never skimping on the burly, American brutality that most fans of the genre inherently crave and have come to expect. At the same time, MISERY INDEX focus on politics, social commentary, and all other larger human issues that have plagued mankind since the third caveman decided he’d govern the first two. Subsequently, they remain loved and respected by the underground, who appreciate their relentless approach in both sound and subject matter.”
Witness Rituals Of Power, alongside an in-depth interview with vocalist/bassist Jason Netherton courtesy of Kerrang Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
Rituals Of Power will be released in several formats including standard jewel case CD and digitally as well as limited LP, limited cassette, and limited deluxe digibox which includes bonus cover tracks — Nailbomb’s “Wasting Away” and M.O.D.’s “Man Of Your Dreams” — as well as a carabiner with key strap and bottle opener, a patch, and three vinyl stickers. For preorder options visit: shopusa.season-of-mist.com/list/rituals-of-power.
View the band’s previously-released videos for “The Choir Invisible,” “New Salem,” and the record’s title track below.
MISERY INDEX will head to Europe on March 23rd for a two-week headlining tour with Wormrot, The Lion’s Daughter, and Truth Corroded. The Rituals Of Power: Phase 1 tour sees the band traveling through eight countries with a final curtain at the Turock in Essen, Germany. See all confirmed dates below.
MISERY INDEX w/ Wormrot, The Lion’s Daughter, Truth Corroded:
3/23/2019 Heidelberg Deathfest – Heidelberg, DE
3/24/2019 Z-Bau – Nürnberg, DE
3/25/2019 Escape Metalcorner – Wien, AT
3/26/2019 Melodka – Brno, CZ
3/27/2019 Chemiefabrik – Dresden, DE
3/28/2019 Goldgrube – Kassel, DE
3/29/2019 Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE
3/30/2019 Grindhoven – Eindhoven, NL
3/31/2019 Backstage – München, DE
4/01/2019 Werk21 – Zürich, CH
4/02/2019 Circolo Magnolia – Segrate MI, IT
4/03/2019 Usine – Genf, CH
4/04/2019 Glazart – Paris, FR
4/05/2019 De Casino – Sint Niklaas, BE
4/06/2019 Turock – Essen, DE
When their debut EP Overthrow was recorded in 2001 by vocalist and bassist Jason Netherton (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. By 2003, MISERY INDEX released their debut full-length Retaliate to exceptional reviews followed by numerous support tours and festivals through North America and Europe. After several lineup 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. MISERY INDEX dropped 2010’s Heirs To Thievery 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, guitarist Darin Morris joined the fold. A string of shows and festivals around the globe followed and on the Munich date of the Full Of Hate Tour alongside Cannibal Corpse and Behemoth, 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 whole new level with their fifth full-length The Killing Gods in 2014.
And 2019 ushers in the sonic onslaught of Rituals Of Power. “Rituals Of Power is a disavowal and warning against the consequences of our so-called ‘post-truth’ age,” issues the band. “Each of the nine 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 thirty-five 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 have grown into a behemoth, taking what they’ve learned along the way to construct a fantastic, powerful and moving deathgrind album.” — Decibel
“…a neck-snapping journey through tight grooves, crunching riffs, and the undeniable urge to put your fist through a couple layers of sheetrock.” — Loudwire
“…one in a long line of painfully underrated releases from this band who only know how to fire on all cylinders all of the time.” — Metal Insider
“Rituals Of Power is an album that delves into the spirit of death metal and re-emerges with its still beating heart.” — Two Guys Metal Reviews
“The album begs to be played on repeat, with enough variation in sounds and depth in lyrics to keep you coming back over and over again.” — Exclaim
“…their most-complete work till date in ‘Rituals of Power’. All killer and no filler.” — Metal Wani
“…easily the band’s best work since Traitors, and should, if there’s any justice in the world (something which is becoming increasingly doubtful), firmly establish them as one of the biggest, boldest, and most brutally bombastic bands in all of death metal.” — No Clean Singing