Back in 2001, a co-worker of mine burnt me a CD with nothing but metalcore songs on it. He didn’t provide me with an artist or track list, so I had to do a lot of research on my own. By doing this, I found a daunting sea of metalcore bands and truth be told, I thought a lot of them sucked. After many months of trial and error, I was able to hone in and pick up on bands like Killswitch Engage, God Forbid, In Flames and All that Remains. After a few years of it, I had lost interest; however, I have kept tabs on the aforementioned bands, but I have not been seeking any new bands or experiences with it. Unfortunately by doing so, I have missed out on bands like Austria’s the Sorrow.
Not being familiar with the Sorrow’s previous albums, I was unsure of what to expect. To my surprise, the band’s fourth album, Misery Escapes, is a well-played, well-produced and overall well-crafted album that immediately connected with me on all of the levels and reasons as to why I enjoyed the genre so many years ago. The Sorrow reminds me of some type of KsE/In Flames/All that Remains hybrid that take no prisoners in effort to enslave the masses with their melody and brutality. When it comes to songs like “Burial Bridge” and “My Oblivion,” the band show their greatest song writing strengths through incredibly melodic, yet intense and emotional performances. The album closer “Follow the Lights” is another highlight of the album as it is somewhat of a ballad, going back and forth between sweet intensity and slow-to-mid-tempo breakdowns and choruses.
For those who are ravenous fans of the genre, the Sorrow is a band that should be undoubtedly gracing your album collection. If you were a fan of it or are on the fence, check out Misery Escape as soon as possible. I guarantee that it’ll be worth your time.