It’s not a stretch to say Of Malice And The Magnum Heart, the 2004 debut full-length from metalcore band Misery Signals, is one of a handful of records that might be considered the most influential in the genre. The Devin Townsend-produced album manages to maintain a strong degree of relevance over a decade later, both through their recent documentary Yesterday Was Everything, as well as the sheer influence the album (and Misery Signals overall) both have on current bands in the scene.
They need little introduction at this point, but for those lucky enough to have experienced highly influential metalcore band Misery Signals’ rise to fame, the fans of the band and the passionate music they’ve created go hand in hand, to be certain. The band’s new documentary, Yesterday Was Everything, is a look inside the tension that clashing personalities often cultivates. There’s a special kind of emotion that musicians often go through, and it’s exacerbated tenfold when tough times happen. Death of friends and family, vans breaking down, having near-death experiences – all things that the band has gone through over the years.
This documentary is a look inside the unique and powerful experience Misery Signals had when playing the 2014 anniversary tour for their acclaimed debut album Of Malice And The Magnum Heart. I was lucky enough to talk to Ryan Morgan about the documentary, as well as touched on some rather emotional topics concerning the emotional tension the band went through recording this album. You can check out the trailer below, as well as my conversation with Ryan Morgan. Editor’s note: this was over the phone, so Ryan’s voice may be a bit low – turn up your sound for that. It’s a great conversation, to be sure.
With 4 full-lengths and an EP under their belt, highly influential metalcore band Misery Signals are surely a massive important cornerstone. Combining bright melodies and crushing breakdowns long before most bands were doing the same, their 2004 album Of Malice and the Magnum Heart remains a fan favorite – to the point where the band’s original lineup toured in 2004, playing the entire album in full.
It’s hard to quantify just how much this band and album in partciular changed the game. The album, which was produced by Devin Townsend, still hits just as hard now as it did in 2004 – it helps when you have career defining tracks like “Five Years” and the soul-crushing “The Year Summer Ended In June”. Misery Signals is now releasing a documentary, entitled Yesterday Was Everything, chronicling the band’s OMATMH tour in 2014. It’s out June 30th, and you can view the 4 minute trailer below. There’s also the band’s 2015 Rain City Sessions below, which captures the passionate performance Misery Signals still gives over a decade later.
“This time, it was our summer.”