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Controller is the third album from Wisconsin Metalcore act Misery Signals, and is in no uncertain terms one of the most crushing, relentless metal albums of the year so far. It is also one of the best. Sounding somewhere between Fear Factory , Between The Buried And Me and Lamb Of God with the post-metal soundscape-building/destroying of Isis thrown in for good measure, this is an album of punishing brutality with breathing spaces of intricate delicacy. Though not essentially a concept album, discovering the central theme is the control our history has over our path in life, you'll see how it ties every song together, the whole album mapping out a path of its own with intelligence and without pretention.

Lyrically, Controller is breathtaking. It's certainly lacking in rainbows and sunshine dust with lyrics like "Giving up gets harder and harder" and "I have never felt so alive as when your world falls apart", and songs called 'Weight Of the World' and 'A Certain Death' but what do you expect from a band called Misery Signals? They do, however, weave powerful messages with these lyrics, threading them through devastating metallic backdrops. It makes isolating highlights difficult, but the bludgeon of 'Reset', the menace of opener 'Nothing' and the defiant strength of 'Labyrinthian' just rise above the bar they've raised so high with this album. Epic in scope, socially conscious and punishingly heavy, Controller is one of the finest albums you'll hear this year.

Rating: 5/5 by Phill May

Tracklisting

  1. Nothing
  2. Weight Of The World
  3. Labyrinthian
  4. Parallels
  5. Coma
  6. A Certain Death
  7. Set In Motion
  8. Ebb And Flow
  9. Reset
  10. Homecoming

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