Posted in metal | music | pictures on February 25, 2010

words by Ilya Blokh, photos by Samantha Marble

Misery Index
Misery Index

You can judge the intensity (and quality) of a show by what remains on the ground after the crowd clears. Usually there are beer bottles- sometimes a stray shoe or a cell phone. After Concussion, Mutant Supremacy, Magrudergrind and Misery Index tore apart The Union Pool on Saturday, February 20th there were two items of note: a bullet and a tooth.

Local act Concussion opened with a short but sweet set of pummeling thrash - I was psyched to finally see them play with a decent sound system. They have a good mix of fast riffs and technical guitar lines, but shine especially when they find a moment to slow things down and build up tension. They recently added two new members (Dan from Haunted Castle/Mutilation Rites and Matt from The Dip), have been playing a ton of shows, and are planning to record new material soon.

Mutant Supremacy were up next, with a straight-forward, conservative take on old-school death metal. It was a bit too wall-of-sound for me, though I dug the alternating high/low pitched vocals. There was even an appropriately cheesy band/fan exchange (all of it growled): "Thank you." "You're welcome." "No one is welcome here."

Magrudergrind tore through a blistering set of short, nasty, delicious songs that finally got the crowd moving. These three unassuming looking dudes have the grindcore/powerviolence thing down to perfection - nothing too techy or melodic, just blindingly fast grind that only lets up for a brief moment here and there. They've got great stage presence, and their banter and bizarre sound-samples are a welcome breather between songs.

Misery Index finally took the stage and, despite the intensity of the preceding acts, raised the bar all the way to the fucking roof. Constantly shifting from chugging, groovy riffs to breakneck speed, all of it backed up by unrelenting blast beats and chunky growled vocals, they are the sonic equivalent of swinging a wrecking ball around a room. Several minutes into their set the crowd virtually exploded and didn't let up until the last discordant note dropped out of the air. Things got surprisingly explosive for The Union Pool - a place where crossed-arms and flaccid head-bobbing are the norm - and much of the audience ended up seeking refuge on top of the bar.

In short, an amazing performance - Misery Index could easily be playing Gramercy, Irving, etc, so I'm glad they stick to smaller venues. Magrudergrind and Misery Index will be touring for the next month and putting at least a few dentists to serious work.

More shots of Misery Index and Magrudergrind (none of Mutant Supremacy or Concussion, sadly) are below.












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Comments (12)

Sam, these look great!

Posted by Brian Reilly | February 25, 2010 3:03 PM

i want my bullet back

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2010 3:22 PM

No way Misery Index should be playing Irving, that place would be a 1/3 full.

Posted by JT | February 25, 2010 3:59 PM

MEHgrudergrind rules!

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2010 4:02 PM


Posted by sal | February 25, 2010 6:44 PM

the tooth is mine. i don't miss it.

thanks for the awesome write up and pics, see you all soon!

Posted by bones | February 25, 2010 7:10 PM

Stoked on this, thanks to all involved in putting on and attending this show!

Posted by matt | February 25, 2010 7:48 PM

how should Misery Index be playing Gramercy/Irving? no one gives a fuck about them anymore. they suck and they tour way too often. if they didn't have Magrudergrind opening, the place would've been empty. so many clueless fucking retards writing for this site.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2010 8:44 PM

Hand me that paper clip, gum, and bumb sperm!
That's not our ONLY problem, MacGruber! From the looks of that nitrogen bomb, we've only got 20 seconds!

MacGruber: Don't worry, Vicky. Chill, Dar-rell. You'll have plenty of time to relax -- and to chill, Dar-rell -- once we get out of here -- once we scram, Dar-rell.
Funk me over that copper wire! Outta sight?
It's pronounced Darrell.
What? @#$&*


Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2010 12:58 AM

Darrell: MacGruber, I don't know if this is working out...

MacGruber: That reminds me of a good joke. What do you get when you cross a Mexican with a Black...?
vicky: Ten seconds, MacGruber!

MacGyver: Okay! Uh -- Vicky -- hand me that Allen wrench!
Darrell: MacGruber...

MacGruber: Excuse me -- a Black African-American. Mo' better?

Darrell: Y-yeah. Mo' better.

MacGruber: Okay. If you cross a Mexican with a Black African-American, and a Jew, and a woman... what do you get?

MacGruber: I don't know! But I sure don't want that person to move in next door to m--


Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2010 1:06 AM

i am still amazed that sam manages to take such awesome photos while fighting off my flying hair/dudes flying out of the pit. total CHAMP!

also, magrudergrind rules, and mutant supremacy KLLLLLLED ITTTTTT.

Posted by kimkelly | March 1, 2010 12:27 AM

my amaznig sounds, amazing weekend.
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