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Pale Misery’s “Hope is a Mistake” Serves Up Bloody, Blackened Blows

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Introducing Lafayette, Louisiana’s Pale Misery is no simple task. On one hand, there is some journalistic responsibility to suggest you sit down for this, but from one metal fan to another, I’d advise against getting too comfortable. Of course, crust-fuzed subgenres, whether they cross into the territory of black metal, hardcore, or sludge, are not shy in expressing that life is not all burritos and strippers — where matters diverge is what the artist chooses to do about it.

For Pale Misery, the appropriate response is not to cower, but rather, seek revenge: the trio’s debut album Black Candles and Gutter Scum channels this bloodlust through a cock-fight of unnerving samples and sweat-drenched warfare. Check out an exclusive stream of album closer “Hope is a Mistake” below.

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While life in the gutter tends to raise questions of integrity, it is clear that Pale Misery are far from industry plants riding the rails to the closest Apple store. Black Candles and Gutter Scum is an entirely independent feat, with all six tracks emerging from in-home studios and one very unsuspecting wood shop. The work represents an extremely bold and intuitive journey to canvas in a brief two-week time span. Drummer Garret Cantu, guitarist Jacob Neu, and bassist Thorn Letulle each serve as vital buffers against which sounds of chaos ricochet.

The first surge of Black Candles and Gutter Scum’s energy is expelled in the form of ominous feedback echoing upwards from the great black depths. A foreboding voice offers a guiding hand before the listener is unceremoniously snatched into Pale Misery’s underworld. As the album enters a tailspin, droning, heavy currents serve as flaming pillars in the heat of disarray. Like skin brushing pavement, grand finale “Hope is a Mistake” provides one last fluid-filled smackdown of crunchy chords that gradually lose consciousness after a terminal blow.

Black Candles and Gutter Scum releases May 31st. Preorder the album on Bandcamp. Follow Pale Misery on Facebook.

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