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- Misanthropic Generation - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

Misanthropic Generation

Misanthropic Generation
(Relapse Records - 2003)

The Scandinavian four-piece opens their album Misanthropic Generation with the track Powerload. The album opener presents a tight band which roots are hardcore and through singer Tomas Lindberg also death metal. Lindberg is known for his work with At The Gates, Lock Up, The Crown and The Great Deceiver. On Powerload his vocals are kind of between the genres, there are hardcore shouts as well as death metal vocals - harsh, aggressive, emotional shouts. The distorted sounds of the guitar is added to the heavy pounding bass and drums. The songs are structured. On An Arrogant Breed you find a 'typical' metal guitar solo which fits into the song and gives the band a larger variety of sounds. The production of Mieszko Talaryzk is very powerful - done at Soundlab Studios - and mastered at the Polar Studio by Henke Jonsson. On some tracks the quartet got a helping hand, e.g. on Rat Race were Mange played the guitar solos. The title track is a good choice to learn about the Swedish. The song The Final Of Chapters starts with a cool drum beat and has a kind of punk vibe which is produced by the guitar riffing. One of my favorites is the song Demons, Demons, Demons. In a way it's catchy... The guitar riffing of Bj÷rn Pettersson is powerful and more based in metal - at least partly. He use different styles to create a larger sound variety.
This is not pure hardcore, they add elements of metal. Like I mentioned before some other influences can be found. Interesting to listen to. Tours throughout Europe with bands like Dismember, D.R.I., G.B.H. and Raised Fist proof that the Scandinavians are able to reproduce their songs live with the same energy as on CD. Well done!

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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