Formed in 2015, The Miser are set to release their debut album Where The Evil Things Dwell in May, and after receiving rave reviews for their live performances, the hype for the album is high. So, just how good is the album?
Starting with the pounding drums and thumping guitars of Lady Death, it is quite clear that the band mean business. Vocalist Sean Crocker belts out the lyrics as if he is a preacher in sermon school, a truly emphatic vibe. Where The Evil Things Dwell is next and this song is a mix of swagger, classic blues riffage, and something ethereal. It truly is something that is one of a kind, the vocal delivery is once again on fire. Lightning Don Babbage Part 1 is filled with swagger and groove orientated riffs, with guitarists Scott Haslet and Ben Williamson truly shining on this song. Stroll On is fast, with a heart-pounding rhythm that is sure to get people moving and jiving when played live. Full Mental Breakdown has elements of Sabbath and Zeppelin, it has a slow build, with the guitars slowly bending into something new and emphatic, before the true break out begins and boy what a journey.
Junkie is fast, with that hint of arrogance and confidence that one would expect from a veteran band. That The Miser have got it on their debut record shows that they’ve got confidence and skill. The riffs are truly on point here, creating the right atmosphere for the vocals to fit quite nicely in. Whiskey Tears is dark, deep and growling. The riffs are punctuated by the slides, and the vocals are searing and dark, just as the song would demand. Mean Man is slow, demonic and deep. The riffs are riffs that Tony Iommi would be proud of. Truly this album keeps on giving. Lightning Don Babbage Part 2 begins with a bluegrassy start, and moves slowly into outright riffage, with the guitars carrying the song as Sean Crocker sings and belts out the lines for this bluesy classic. Jack The Riffer is haunting, dark and breakneck awesome. A fitting closer, with its tempo changes, and riff alternations.
The album comes out in May, be sure to keep an eye out for this. You will not want to miss it!