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MUSIC: MOTHER MISERY – Megalodon

| 19 April 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: MOTHER MISERY – Megalodon
Transsbstans Records
January 2018
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
7 ½ /10

Mother Misery are a big deal in Sweden, where they regularly play with some of the biggest names in rock and metal, but this fourth album is the first to reach our turntable.

Combining classic rock and metal with a very modern sound proves a winner the foursome on this conceptual album about a thought-extinct prehistoric shark beast, The Megalodon.

Rhythm section Jimmy Lindbergh and Stiff Hell lay down a solid bedrock of sound for guitarists Thomas Piehl and John Hermansen to rip and tear a wonderfully European meatal sound on top off, bringing to mind early Accept. Hermansen is also the singer here, and his catchy choruses and clear singing bring these songs to life.

The Megalodon is a killing machine, hard coded to be the alpha dog of the ocean’s food chain, and the title track and Stonecold Killer revel in that. The album isn’t fully a concept album, as such, though. Ashes Of Your Crown, Into These Lies, Down In The Dirt don’t tie too closely to the theme, at least not that I can make out, but they’re all great rock songs and doubtless will sound great on stage.

Closing track If You Fall is a gentle ballad which shows another dimension to Mother Misery, one that works really well as a coda to the album, and having enjoyed this album it’s time to go back and catchup on their previous releases which I missed.

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