Misery Loves Co. - _Not Like Them_
(Earache, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (6 out of 10)
Like many of the releases I have reviewed in this issue, change is apparent on the second effort from Swedish industrial metal purveyors Misery Loves Co. While the band's self-titled debut was a detonating blast of complex industrial tunes meshed with sinister riffs and distorted vocals, _Not Like Them_ breaks away from the anger and frustration of their debut; _NLT_ caters more to experimentation, unique sounds, and melody. I've got mixed feelings about the second effort. While, at times, I do miss the heaviness of the band's music, -- though heaviness can be found on _NLT_ -- I must admit that singer/programmer/guitarist Patrick Wiren's talent at sculpting songs around melody and riffs is quite impressive. Even the use of acoustic guitars on numerous tracks raised my brow. I do not hate this record, though I do feel the band may have wanted me to believe that I would be pummeled with heaviness on album number two, but the band lost me once they shed their industrial/sample feel and went for a more guitar-oriented sound. It's also a little soft at times. I'll be okay, even though I am feeling a little cheated.

(article published 11/17/1997)


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