Miserable Creature, a duo from Melbourne, Australia is presenting their third mutual effort under the rather uninspired title ‘3’. Just like with the previous two demos, released in 2020 and 2021 respectively, Miserable Creature is offering you Death Metal in from the most murky, dark and dreary corners of the genre.
This two-tracker, not counting the 40 second instrumental outro, accounts for just under 8 minutes of Old School-styled Death Metal that just piles up a lot of things that made early 90’s Death Metal so appealing. While I have seen the band promoted as suitable for fans of “Carcass, Bolt Thrower and Grave” I think this is not quite the most accurate description possible.
Of course chances are that fans of those three bands will appreciate this too, but Miserable Creature has way more in common with old and classic Autopsy than any of these three references. Those mid-paced dragging tempos, the dirty and gritty riffs and especially the low and gruff vocals (best heard in ‘Drown Internal’) are more than just a kind nod to the American three-piece who recorded the much revered and imitated ‘Severed Survival’-album. I wouldn’t say that Miserable Creature is doing the popular strict copy-cat trick, as it certainly adds quite a bit of those deep, almost “cavernous” sort of riffs as well as the eerie melodies that are heard more often these days, giving it a thoroughly recognizable feel to it.
So, nope, Miserable Creature is not at all serving you with anything remotely new or fresh, but instead it will treat you with a good but small portion of foul and doomy Death Metal of sorts that will appeal to fans of Rottrevore, Morpheus Descents, Funebrarum, Disma or Funebre (just to namedrop some).