released June 27, 2016
W. - Vocals,
AR. - Vocals, All instruments
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Misanthropic Rage.
Logo by Christophe Szpajdel.
Cover by AR. & Marckus.
More info: www.facebook.com/misanthropicrage
Despite their name, which may led you to assume that you’re in for an onslaught of raw, bestial black metal, the band are more creative and more progressively inclined. The long title track functions as a kind of statement of intent, fully revealing the band’s instrumental talents and the scope of their compositional ambitions. Aided by a sharp, clear production, the song twists and turns along an unpredictable and often experimental course, ranging from violent, volcanic explosions of head-hammering power to eerie, paranormal hallucinations, with variations in the vocals that match the kaleidoscopic instrumental turns. It’s a wondrous trip.
“Katharsis” is more straight-forward, but a complete blast to hear — a rushing, roaring, ravenous rampage of black metal barbarity with a grim but epic air generated by a symphonic keyboard overlay. And the swirling, echoing guitar solo that comes near the end of this powerhouse track is well worth waiting for.
- NO CLEAN SINGING / www.nocleansinging.com
Misanthropic Rage is an interesting Polish avant-garde black metal band with a lot of promise in them. This band could grow into something very special. With their roots firmly in black metal, they take this much further with creativity and some progressive touches. Overall this is a great debut EP with the epic “Qualia” being what makes this band stand out from the crowd. Perhaps they can use that as the basis for a full-length concept album next. Let’s hope so. With “Qualia” these Poles certainly show us that they are capable of doing great things.
- ROPPONGI ROCKS / roppongirocks.com