Label: Relapse Records
Heirs to Thievery sees Misery Index streamlining and shortening their assault, a slight nod to the philosophy of their grindcore roots. Lyrical ammunition is once again pointed at political and social cancers from materialism in “Plague of Objects” to the New World Order conspiracy (“The Illuminaught”). 2008’s Traitors received a heavy dosage of groove in its songs. Heirs to Thievery pumps it up to a near-fatal injection. When massive gravitational forces aren’t heaving your helpless ragdoll of a body to and fro (“The Carrion Call”, the middle riff of “The Illuminaught”) , it’s the steel-soled boot of all-consuming imperialism and impending doom trampling you deep into the ground (“The Seventh Cavalry”, “You Lose”) or bombs going off in burning broken streets (“Day of the Dead”, “Heirs to Thievery”) . Misery Index wield sound like a weapon, and manage to do a hell of a lot of damage.
Heirs of Thievery, like its predecessor Traitors, is very much quintessential modern death metal. It’s a music very much fixed in the present, in the now, and in the chaos and strife of this modern age. It doesn’t transport the listener to an alternate universe where the Old Gods slumber or into the treacherous depths of a fiery, cavernous hell. Instead, Heirs of Thievery forces the listener into the reality of dystopian human civilization. A reality of car bombs around the block, of the invisible hands of corporate despots strangling you, of world leaders forcing you onto your knees, of collapsing skyscrapers, of whole nations burned into steel and concrete skeletons in a single great white flash. Welcome to the modern apocalypse. The end is not nigh, the end is now.
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