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Mother Misery - Standing Alone

Mother Misery
Standing Alone
by Maria Voutiriadou at 05 November 2010, 11:11 AM

The tradition that wants MOTHER MISERY following MONSTER MAGNET releases in discography just keep going with the third studio album from the stoner/ supersonic quartet from Enkoping, Sweden. I discovered these guys back in 2007 with the amazing “All Eyes On You” album that rocked the entire stoner rock community for good; so, I was quite curious about their next step and if it would be able to follow the huge success of its predecessor. “Standing Alone” is a fact and is born this November and after few changes in the band’s line up, some differences are easily remarkable from the very first listening. Let’s read below what I’m talking about.

The stoner rock attitude has been replaced aside by the ‘hooked’ sound and the digestible tunes that are more like-able to the public opinion generally than the underground circles of the ‘demanding’ stoner rock community. This isn’t necessarily bad, especially for those who are searching for having fun through heavy riff-based guitars and blow-minding rock sounds, even if they have heard such staff in the crossroad of the AUDIOSLAVE ‘highway’ with the MUSTASCH ‘avenue’. John Hermansen’s characteristic vocals remain between Chris Cornell and Dave Wyndorfsonic paths and the heavy guitars are still here with the noticeable and excellent production in the album’s entity. The missing link though is the ungrudging inspiration, since after the first listening, it is hard to keep up in mind and mumble a single riffage or a catchy melody.

The smouldering underground id of stoner rock has gone and the brand new label of ‘supersonic rock’ has put on MOTHER MISERY shoulders, thanks to the record label and the band’s thirst for fame and open gates that will lead them easily to the top. Hmm, unfortunately that kind of staff is not my cup of tea and I believe that a band has to try so hard out there to be recognizable and worth-listening. Here, we have to deal with a well-polished record, well-advised in any detail and carefully planed too, but soulless and uninspired. The MUSTASCH-esque “Dying Heroes” and the AUDIOSLAVE-ian “Inside The Hive” are not enough to save the situation and my great expectations for another one music miracle by the Swedish wonder-workers of 2007 are lying on the floor.

So, now after the mediocre comeback of MOTHER MISERY and the such ‘in-your-face’ album of MONSTER MAGNET we talked about a couple of weeks ago, you can write down in your score calendar that the ‘teams’ were square again: MOTHER MISERY - MONSTER MAGNET: 1 - 1. To be continued…

3 Star Rating

  1. Dirty Little Secrets
  2. In Monochrome
  3. Dying Heroes
  4. Standing Alone
  5. This Is What I Am
  6. Fade Away
  7. Inside The Hive
  8. Eyes Of The moth
  9. To Hell
  10. War Inside
  11. Stats Of Grace
John Hermansen - Vocals, Guitars
Thomas Piehl - Guitars
Stiff Hell - Bass
Jimmy Lindbergh - Drums
Record Label: Transubstans Records


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Edited 10 December 2022

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