Sound — 9
I feel that Misery Signals really broke through a near-inepenetrable barrier after this album; the barrier in question is the sub genre. Their sound can not be easily defined or placed in any random category just for the sake of ease as it is something to be marvelled at. They formed after the term Metalcore was conjured up so they were instantally placed under it after their release of "Malice" but so many different tones and sounds are heard within the music it's hard to really find a definitive genre for them. A Genre using the terms "Metal Technical Melodic Hardcore" all in one. Guitarist Ryan Morgan provides super tight metal and hardcore grooves mixed with elegant and mystical lead parts, along with twin brother (and drummer) Branden Morgan who supplies excellent fills that are a treat to listen as well as keeping those technical grooves going strong. The production on the album is a good balance as well giving each instrument their limelight at some point during the album and flaunting the entire band's skill to change the mood of one of their songs in a matter of seconds (the producer of "Malice" was Devin Townsend). I've been a fan of their music for a long time and can confidentally recommend this album or any of their others (Mirrors and Controller) to any other musician.
Lyrics — 9
Due to the situation of the band's formation (the break up of compromise and 7 angels 7 plagues brought the band together and 2 members of compromise were killed in a tragic van crash caused by a collision with a drunk driver) a lot of the lyrics are in reference to the accident and the loss of the lead singer's friends. But the song title's and lyrics fit almost perfectly with the mood of the music. On top of this the vocals are constantly contrasting with the hardcore sensibilities heard in his voice as well as the metal attributes. There aren't as many singing moments in the song which might annoy some people, but there are enough shout-out moments to make up for that.
Overall Impression — 9
I personally prefer Mirrors myself, as I feel it is more laidback and makes an easier listen, but this shouldn't stop every single person on this website that is interested in progressive rock/metal/hardcore checking them out. I can guarantee you've never heard a band that could make such technical guitar sound so easy in your life.