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Latest news: Tue, Apr 01 2014, MISERY INDEX

Upcoming release: "The Killing Gods"

Release date: Fri, May 23 2014, US Tue, May 27 2014

MISERY INDEX will see the release of 'The Killing Gods' on May 23rd (May 27th in North America). The acclaimed death metal extremists have revealed the second new track from their forthcoming album, 'The Killing Gods'. The track, entitled "The Calling" is streaming now at the following locations:

Revolver (US)
Metal Hammer (DE)
This Is Rock (ES)
Thrashocore (FR)
Rocking (GR)
Rockerilla (IT)
Metal-Exposure (NL)
Zero Tolerance (UK)

'The Killing Gods', the band's fifth full-length was recorded at Visceral Sound Studios with Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, BLACK TUSK, BRUTAL TRUTH) and Wright Way recording with long-time engineer Steve Carr (DYING FETUS, MARS VOLTA, SOILWORK). The artwork and track list for 'The Killing Gods' can be found below:

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  1. Urfaust
  2. The Calling
  3. The Oath
  4. Conjuring The Cull
  5. The Harrowing
  6. The Killing Gods
  7. Cross To Bear
  8. Gallows Humor
  9. The Weakener
  10. Sentinels
  11. Colony Collapse
  12. Heretics

‘The Killing Gods’ will be available as a CD, Limited Edition CD Digibox with bonus track, and various LP formats here.

MISERY INDEX were recently added to the main stage of this year's Maryland Deathfest on May 25 in Baltimore, Maryland. The band also recently announced a special live date as part of this year's Maryland Death Fest pre-show, on May 21.

In addition to the track premiere, MISERY INDEX have also announced a new European tour alongside label-mates GORGUTS. The tour, which starts on April 24 in Madrid, Spain will see both bands travel through several countries before concluding on May 8 in Tilburg, the Netherlands where both bands will perform as part of this year's "Neurotic Deathfest". A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Having cemented a reputation as one of the most formidable live bands in death metal, MISERY INDEX (Jason Netherton – bass guitar, vocals, Mark Kloeppel – guitar, vocals, Adam Jarvis – drums, Darin Morris – guitar) have toured the world over numerous times on the backs of four critically-acclaimed albums. The Baltimore-based quartet has leveled venues in over 40 countries, over 1000+ live shows. With albums showcasing disgust for everyday life and the ills of modern society, MISERY INDEX will continue to push their crushing take on pummeling death grind with the release of 'The Killing Gods'.

MISERY INDEX tour dates with GORGUTS:
24 Apr 14 Barroselas (PT) SWR Festival
25 Apr 14 Madrid (ES) Shoko
26 Apr 14 Murcia (ES) Garaje
27 Apr 14 Barcelona (ES) Razz3
28 Apr 14 Toulouse (FR) Dynamo
29 Apr 14 Brescia (IT) Circo Colony
30 Apr 14 Wien (AT) Escape
01 May 14 Darmstadt (DE) Steinbruch Theater
02 May 14 Lyss (CH) Kulturfabrik
03 May 14 Bruxelles (BE) Magasin4
04 May 14 Tilburg (NL) Neurotic Deathfest

Biography

MISERY INDEX have established a worldwide reputation as a relentless touring machine, decisively executing their punishing stage attacks with unparalleled, boundless energy. "Live in Munich" perfectly captures this raw ferocity, providing a fitting tribute to the US band’s steep rise within the Metal scene. The first live album from MISERY INDEX, "Live in Munich" was professionally recorded at a sold-out show in Germany in February 2012, during the massive “Full of Hate Tour” alongside CANNIBAL CORPSE, BEHEMOTH and LEGION OF THE DAMNED. Captured in all their furious intensity, this outstanding performance deserved to be preserved for posterity.

The Sound

MISERY INDEX combine the ferocity and precision of death metal with the chaotic attack of Grindcore, Hardcore and Crust. MISERY INDEX set no limits in their goal of making death metal and grind flow together, drawing influence from the classic Death and Grind releases of the early 90's, such as those from MORBID ANGEL, NAPALM DEATH, TERRORIZER, DISRUPT, BOLT THROWER, ASSUCK and ENTOMBED, among others. The imagery and lyrical concepts are also very critical to the band, and one can expect that in the true nature of the genre, MISERY INDEX will catapult their anger to the forefront, shoving the depravity of our planet right back in the face of all who passively accept the status quo (and have considerable fun while doing it).

The History

MISERY INDEX began as a studio project in 2001, when vocalist and bassist Jason Netherton (ex-DYING FETUS) joined together with guitarist / vocalist Mike Harrison and drummer Kevin Talley (ex-DYING FETUS) to record their debut EP “Overthrow”. This five-song death/grind attack received considerable praise in underground circles, shifting Misery Index into a full time project with the addition of Sparky Voyles (ex-DYING FETUS) on guitar.

In 2002, Mike Harrison and Kevin Talley left the band to focus on other projects and the latter was replaced by Matt Byers, who took up drum duties for their first US tour that summer in support of KATAKLYSM. In 2003, MISERY INDEX released their first full-length “Retaliate”, to exceptional reviews and numerous tours in Europe and North America supporting bands such as DYING FETUS, AMON AMARTH, DEICIDE, and NILE. In 2004 a video for “The Great Depression” was released, complimenting their first live DVD, which featured a full set recorded in Athens, Greece. Later in 2004, Adam Jarvis (ex-ALL WILL FALL, currently in PIG DESTROYER) took over on drums, just in time for MISERY INDEX to hit such European festivals as Wacken Open Air, Brutal Assault, and Party.San Open Air, followed with more touring alongside bands such as BEHEMOTH, NAPALM DEATH, SUFFOCATION, ROTTEN SOUND, and MAGRUDERGRIND. In 2005, guitarist and vocalist Mark Kloeppel (ex-CAST THE STONE) joined Jason, Adam and Sparky, solidifying the line-up for the next five years.

In 2006, second full-length “Discordia” was unleashed, followed by even more persistent touring with bands such as FEAR FACTORY, DESPISED ICON, JOB FOR A COWBOY, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, NECROPHAGIST and ORIGIN. In 2007, MISERY INDEX appeared on festivals like Hellfest in France and Tuska in Finland, as well as hitting places like Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania and Croatia for the first time. However, despite being on the road for months, MISERY INDEX were ready to finalise their third album, so recordings commenced with Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE) at God City Studios in May of 2008. Later that year “Traitors” was released and the band embarked on their next tour with ORIGIN and ABYSMAL DAWN right as the album was hitting stores. Reactions from both critics and fans were raving and the album showcased an exceptional return to form.

In 2008 and 2009, the band toured extensively, playing with and supporting bands such as THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, SOILENT GREEN, HATE ETERNAL, THE FACELESS, CANNIBAL CORPSE, PSYCROPTIC and many more, as well as seeing their first trips to places like Mexico, Russia and Iceland, an appearance on the prestigious Extreme the Dojo festivals in Japan, the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore and European festivals such as Summer Breeze, Party.San, Hellfest, and Death Feast. Entering 2010, the band booked time at Wrightway Studios with producer Steve Wright in their home state of Maryland to commence recording of the fourth album.

MISERY INDEX released “Heirs to Thievery” in May 2010, dropping like a bomb on the Death Metal masses and shattering all expectations. The album was both a commercial and critical success, elevating the band into headlining slots in both Europe and the United States. “Heirs to Thievery” showcased the growing maturity and depth of the band, as the varied songwriting shifted naturally from nuanced, blasting technicality (“Fed to the Wolves”), through pit-inducing groove (“The Carrion Call”), to crushing heaviness (“The 7th Cavalry”). The growth and penetrating hooks of the songs took the band to new levels and was followed by several tours with bands such as GRAVE and AEON in Europe, PSYCROPTIC, ORIGIN, and DECAPITATED in Australia and DESPISED ICON, REVOCATION, JOB FOR A COWBOY, GOATWHORE, and EYEHATEGOD in North America. 2010 also saw the departure of long time guitarist Sparky Voyles, who was replaced by Darin Morris.

Festivals followed in 2011, with MISERY INDEX making appearances at Obscene Extreme, Tuska, With Full Force, Metalfest Open Air and Neurotic Death Fest, as well as seeing their first visit to countries such as Colombia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In 2012, the band made an appearance supporting CANNIBAL CORPSE on their US “Torture” tour, while also joining the Full of Hate festival tour in Europe alongside CANNIBAL CORPSE, BEHEMOTH and LEGION OF THE DAMNED. On the Munich date of the “Full of Hate” tour, the band recorded their first live album. The album will be released on numbered, die-cut vinyl and digital download in February 2013.

In their 12-year existence, MISERY INDEX have released four studio albums, several EPs and performed over 1000 concerts in 30+ countries. Their long-awaited new full-length is expected in 2013 on Season of Mist.

Line-up

Name Instrument
Jason Netherton Bass, Vocals
Adam Jarvis Drums
Mark Kloeppel Guitar, Vocals
Darin Morris Guitar

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The Killing Gods

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: Fri, May 23 2014
: Tue, May 27 2014
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Live in Munich

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: Fri, Feb 15 2013
: Tue, Feb 19 2013
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Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Thu, Apr 24 2014 PT Barroselas SWR Festival +Gorguts
Fri, Apr 25 2014 ES Madrid Shoko +Gorguts
Sat, Apr 26 2014 ES Murcia Garaje +Gorguts
Sun, Apr 27 2014 ES Barcelona Razz3 +Gorguts
Mon, Apr 28 2014 FR Toulouse Dynamo +Gorguts
Tue, Apr 29 2014 IT Brescia Circo Colony +Gorguts
Wed, Apr 30 2014 AT Wien Escape +Gorguts
Thu, May 01 2014 DE Darmstadt Steinbruch Theater +Gorguts
Fri, May 02 2014 CH Lyss Kulturfabrik +Gorguts
Sat, May 03 2014 BE Bruxelles Magasin4 +Gorguts
Sun, May 04 2014 NL Tilburg Neurotic Deathfest +Gorguts
Wed, May 21 2014 US Baltimore, MD Otto Bar Maryland Death Fest pre-party
Sun, May 25 2014 US Baltimore, MD Edison Lot Maryland Death Fest
Tue, Aug 12 2014 DE Schlotheim Flugplatz Obermehler Party.San Open Air - exact date tbc
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