Tuesday 6 May 2014

Miserable Failure - Hope EP

I'm picking up another 2014 release here. Earlier in the year, Kaotoxin Records released this four-track EP from Marseilles grind band Miserable Failure. It was a digital release, but the band themselves put out a limited run of Tapes. I've their name floating around in various magazines lately and they featured on a three-way split CD last year, as well as a recent split with Total Fucking Destruction amongst others. This EP barely lasts over four-minutes and that is probably why they've been compared to bands like Agoraphobic Nosebleed.


1. The Blueprints of Self Disgust
2. One More Reason To Set This World On Fire
3. Goodbye & Good Riddance
4. This World Ain't Mine

Damn this bunch are angry. I guess there’s a lot to be angry about in the South of France! The opening blast of The Blueprints of Self Disgust features some nasty riffs and crazed deep bellow and high-pitched screams. The drumming is so fast, I thought it was only possible via drum-machine! Miserable Failure have the same impact as the UK’s Corrupt Moral Altar did when I first heard them. One More Reason To Set This World On Fire flies passed you before you’ve had chance to think about what you’re listening to. Goodbye & Good Riddance is primed for a live setting and to destroy ear holes. The pinch-harmonics at the end tell you all you need to know!

This World Ain’t Mine is the final sub one-minute song to grace Hope and if you’ve kept up with Miserable Failure to this point, you’re doing bloody well. The music on here is very high quality and though it may seem chaotic, on multiple listens it’s actually pretty controlled. The one thing that lets it down for me is the brief playing time. Four songs in under four minutes is like this grindcore equivalent of a bag of Walker’s crisps, sparse! That’s not a criticism of the music or of Miserable Failure at all, it’s just that they’ve got such an infectious sound that more songs would have made me grin even more. If you’re checking these guys out for the first time, this is a great place to start. Once you’ve done so, you’ll be seeking out the rest of their catalogue. France is upping it’s game!

You can finger bang to it here:-

You can get Hope as a name-you-price download from their bandcamp page above.

If you want it on tape, go here http://customcore.com/neverdead/.

Miserable Failure Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/msrblflr
Kaotoxin Records Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/kaotoxinrecords

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