Written by Alex Stojanovic
Mask Of All Misery
Bury The Bodies
City Of Ghosts
Face Of Stone
Tears That Burn The Son
In The Final Hour
Release Date: November 15, 2019
Label: Mascot Label Group
Danny Camilleri - Vocals & guitars / Dean Wells - Lead guitars / Andrew Cameron - Bass / David Godfrey - Drums
You can hear the band's maturity as songwriters, especially on tracks like the melodic mid-tempo rockers "Tears That Burn The Son" and "Bury The Bodies, as well as the ballad "Doves". Danny's vocals sound incredible, especially his cleans. Many of the choruses feature potent vocal harmonies that stick in your head and make you want to just repeat them over and over again. The opening track "Miasma" is quite interesting because it goes through several different sections, and none of the sections repeat as the song goes on, but the thrashy riff at the 1:36 is one of my favourite moments. It's really sure to get a mosh pit going in a live setting. The closer "Godless" is without a doubt the heaviest track. Danny's vocals go into more pissed off and gutteral territory, and the guitar tuning goes down a little bit.
Usually a band's second album fails to meet the high standards that a debut album sets, giving the second album the title of "sophomore slump". However, there have been many cases where the second album manages to be on par with the standards of the first album, and even surpass them at times. For me, Mask Of All Misery is on par with Alliance Of Thieves in terms of quality. It's full of great ideas, and so well produced. It has also gotten to the point where people won't have to compare the band to 4Arm anymore. With Mask Of All Misery, Meshiaak have become a stand-alone band.
Highs: Potent riffs, memorable choruses and strong songwriting overall.
Lows: Some fans will only be slightly put off by the abandoning of the thrashier direction from Alliance Of Thieves.
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