WORDS : LUCA CESCON
How’s the current status of heavy music at a worldwide level? Frankly speaking, this year’s going to be one of the best years in recent history for what concerns hardcore and metal new releases. Despite the pandemic and all the tours and shows cancellations, lots of bands and labels have been working hard since the beginning of the year in order to deliver us with some amazing full lengths and EPs. Needless to say, relatively new bands will have new music coming out in the next months along with some older acts that will bring back some heavy tunes from their glorious past. Among the most awaited records of the year, Misery Signals’ Ultraviolet will surely reach everyone’s personal top ten chart.
ltraviolet was titled with intention. We wanted a juxtaposition to be present between the band’s last album title Absent Light and Ultraviolet. The album is about hope and reconciliation
The Wisconsin’s quintet will mark its comeback with nine brand new tracks that are going to be released on August 7th via Basick Records (the same label that brought us records from bands like Napoleon, Ion Dissonance and Devil Sold His Soul, just to name a few). With such a difficult period hitting every aspect of social and personal lives, “the upcoming release of Ultraviolet will deliver a long awaited feeling of accomplishment for us; we have put so much into the making of this record over the course of the last five years. It’s going to feel great to finally have the album in people’s hands. Releasing the album amidst a pandemic was something we were a little concerned about at first, but we felt that it was an opportune time to deliver new music and a message of hope to our listeners at such a dark time in so many people’s lives”, reveals the band.
For those who are not familiar with Misery Signals, it’s extremely important to introduce Milwaukee’s outfit by saying that they’ve been a band for almost twenty years; during these decades, they have created their own stylistic approach to metalcore and progressive heavy music. “Over the years we’ve managed to build a humble and loyal fan base that allows us to continue doing something that is so near to our hearts. It feels great to be actively motivated to continue pushing after all these years. We’re lucky to have people out there who really care about our music so passionately”, confirms the band.
Ultraviolet will mark a new chapter for Misery Signals: seven years have passed since the latest studio effort Absent Light came out, and now the quintet have new material to be shown not only to their fans, but to the whole metal community. “Ultraviolet was titled with intention. We wanted a juxtaposition to be present between the band’s last album title Absent Light and Ultraviolet. The album is about hope and reconciliation. While making the album we actively made efforts to push out the darkness we were carrying as individuals and as a band. We wanted to project hope, growth, healing and forgiveness. It was what we were experiencing first hand as we regrouped to make this album so it seemed very fitting”, explains the band during our interview.
Music allows us to communicate deeply, it allows us to relate to one another and it allows us be a part of something together. Without music who knows where we’d be?
The album’s artwork is the result of an amazing work as well: “throughout the making of the album we were unsure of what we wanted the artwork to be. We had the title Ultraviolet and we knew we needed something unique, bold and original to accompany the title and message of the album. Having Sam Octigan create the art for the album was a perfect fit. There was very little back and forth throughout the process: the end result is amazing. He was able to visualize the album’s lyrical themes flawlessly: hope, growth, forgiveness and beauty are all visible in his incredible, hand painted artwork.”
With an even more progressive sound, Ultraviolet will drive the listener into a unique musical experience. “We went into writing songs for this album not really knowing what we were going to produce. We had not written music with this line up in roughly 12 years. Over the years apart we’ve all grown as musicians and songwriters and the outcome was positive. Ultraviolet is a very focused album: we paid a lot of attention to the song structures, we trimmed a lot of fat throughout writing the songs. The intent was to deliver the most potent Misery Signals material to date”, tells us the band.
With a world being a messy place right now, we asked the band their thoughts about the role of music: “we believe music is one of the most important facets of our expression. Punk and hardcore music is a great way for people to be exposed to political and social perspectives.Music allows us to communicate deeply, it allows us to relate to one another and it allows us be a part of something together. Without music who knows where we’d be?”