22 July 2013
by Tomas Doyle
It’s been some five years since Misery Signals last committed their distinctive brand of melodic heaviness to record. While much has changed in their particular corner of the musical landscape in that time, the anticipation for Absent Light is still, if not at fever pitch, then certainly at a simmering summer sweat. That the band’s star remains as high as it has in their half decade of absence is in no small part due to 2008’s Controller being a masterclass in textured, expansive, intelligent metal, conceived with the loftiest of ambitions and executed with a finesse that few have matched before or since. Yet, as with all prodigal sons, there are questions over the impact time apart will have – will Absent Light herald progression or a stoic adherence to the templates of previous glories?