Mis-An-Thrope really wears its influences on its sleeve. If you grew up listening to nu-metal you're going to be feeling like some of these verses and riffs could have been written by bands like Korn, Slipknot, Adema, and even Limp Bizkit. It never quite feels like a ripoff more like an homage that's expertly blended with modern metal and hardcore influences as well. My only real issue with the album as I've mentioned is the corny lyrics which are essentially par for the course in the genre, they're sure to resonate with some people but they feel a bit over the top at times.
Life is all about balance, too much of anything can be a bad thing. It seems like this is a lesson Ded have learned and incorporated into Mis-An-Thrope. Whenever I feel like they're drifting too far into the realm of the unoriginal or uninspired they change it up and surprised me. The album feels like these guys grew up listening to the genre just as I did and respect it. They know what works they know what doesn't. They've balanced the pure energy and chaos of nu-metal with the more serious and heavier sensibilities of hardcore. Ded have hit the ground running with Mis-An-Thrope breathing life and revitalizing the genre.
Mis-An-Thrope is out now on Suretone Records