Misery Loves Co. - _Your Vision Was Never Mine to Share_
by: Paul Schwarz (
Misery Loves Co. have come a long way in the five years since their self-titled debut made its stamp on the metal/industrial overground. Though never attaining quite the popular notoriety of Machine Head, Fear Factory or Korn, MLC nonetheless gained an impressive cadre of followers from a similar crowd, along with a good deal of respect in the scene in general. Now comes the appearance of this, what was bound to be MLC's "difficult third album" following 1997's abrasive _Not Like Them_. What is interesting, though, is that _YVWNMtS_ is also likely to be the "difficult third album" for their fans to understand. There is a sense in which it is commercial, but _YVWNMtS_ is not, in essence, a commercial album. Musical borrowings from Nine Inch Nails arrive expectedly, though in tasteful form, while echoes of industrial heroes Cop Shoot Cop are perhaps less expected, though yet more welcome. Parts likenable to the grunge-rock of Smashing Pumpkins might disturb the average moshcore or even industrial listener as MLC almost get a bit too happy for their own good, but ultimately they banish themselves to a suitably gloomy corner before they can seriously dent their murky veneer. _YVWNMtS_ is a hard album to assess, and I think that is to its credit. I am not sure how the band's fanbase will take it; I myself find it a very listenable, though lengthy, adventure into very much known industrial territory. It could be more adventurous, and on a grander scale, but judged on the expectations of the average band _YVWNMtS_ is pretty good, and MLC have good reason to pat themselves on the back for a job nicely done.
(article published 5/25/2000)
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