Some music is written to be enjoyed–and some music is written to be enjoyed... violently. Mulciber's debut EP Misery of One is a creation clearly forged in the hellish heat and sweat of mosh pits, its death metal optimized for visceral impact. The band trimmed each song on the EP to the brutal essentials: nasty riffs, turbulent songwriting, and a snare tone made to pierce the gates of Hell itself.

Misery of One taps into some of the more recent and extreme facets of death metal but steers clear of siloing itself into the conventions of any given subgenre: sure, there's guttural vocals and bone-crunching breakdowns, but there's also some swampy 1990s ichor stinking up the production. Neither nostalgia or trend-chasing guide this: Mulciber employ whatever it takes to make their point. The point, of course, is to get that pit moving– and for the older, arms-crossed-in-the-back audience (myself usually included these days), to get those heads nodding really enthusiastically.

We're premiering the opening track "Caught in Fire," which lays out a three-minute thesis on the EP's merits: dynamic drumming lets the band keep the sick riffs going longer without them growing stale, and a surprise change in feel halfway through illustrates the band's live collateral damage potential. Dive in below.

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"Caught in Fire" is a song inspired by Lucifer's fall from heaven and his hatred towards God. It further explains his embracing the darkness and eternal flames of hell as an act of rebellion towards the heavens.

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Misery of One releases October 28th via Redefining Darkness Records (see also: Bandcamp).

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