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Misery Signals is an American metalcore band formed in Wisconsin in 2002. The sound of their music is defined by bright melodies backed up by odd time signatures, chugging riffs, and breakdowns.


Formation (2002–2003)

Misery Signals was formed after the disbandment of several bands, including 7 Angels 7 Plagues, Hamartia and Compromise. Having played briefly with 7 Angels 7 Plagues, former Compromise vocalist Jesse Zaraska was approached by Ryan Morgan and Kyle Johnson for a new project, which would become Misery Signals. Jeff Aust from Hamartia joined on as second guitar, and Ryan Morgan’s brother Branden joined as the bands drummer. Aust soon left the band and has since gone on to join With Honor, he was replaced by Stu Ross - a friend of Jesse Zaraska’s from St. Albert, Alberta.

Signing to Ferret Music (2004–2009)

The band eventually signed to New Jersey’s Ferret Music, releasing their first full-length album, Of Malice and the Magnum Heart. After extensive touring, Zaraska decided to leave the band to focus on a smaller, less aggressive project named Sleeping Girl, at which point the rest of the band decided to put up an instrumental song on their MySpace page, encouraging anyone who wanted to take over the spot of vocalist to record their own voice over the instrumental and e-mail it to the band. This was the way they found new vocalist Karl Schubach, with whom they recorded the album, Mirrors. In July 2008 Misery Signals released their third full-length entitled Controller. After extensive touring in support of Controller in early 2009, members of Misery Signals wanted to pursue other musical directions outside of their band.


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  • MoogInRow

    i love Absent Light but just not as much as Of Malice, Mirrors or Controller

    9 Jul 3:24pm Reply
  • tekstbook

    Of Malice best album from this band, they went shit after that.

    10 Jun 2:02am Reply
  • stan2099

    Controller > Absent Light > Mirrors > Of Malice [2]

    1 Jun 11:11am Reply
  • arson714

    I agree with Asphyz. It took a LONG time to grow on me but now I love that album.

    29 May 7:30pm Reply
  • Asphyz

    Absent Light is a grower. I thought it was boring at first, but now I absolutely love it.

    6 May 2:55pm Reply
  • MoogInRow

    Of Malice > Mirrors > Controller > Absent Light

    26 Apr 11:13am Reply
  • OnFireAlive

    Coma is absolutely brilliant... Just brilliant.

    16 Apr 8:50pm Reply
  • Wifebeaterrr

    controller > of malice > absent light > mirrors (2)

    16 Mar 2:40am Reply
  • VCVanCleef

    Controller = Of Malice =Mirrors > Absent Light

    11 Mar 5:19am Reply
  • OnceMoreBob

    really hope this band keeps going though

    18 Feb 5:20am Reply
  • OnceMoreBob

    of malice ahead of absent light? wild. melodies/vox/production are way better on absent light imo

    18 Feb 5:20am Reply
  • fremdweltler

    controller > of malice > absent light > mirrors

    3 Feb 9:45pm Reply
  • OnceMoreBob

    Controller > Absent Light > Mirrors > Of Malice

    24 Jan 6:04pm Reply
  • tropicalhaze

    I truly believe Misery Signals were the only band holding this genre together [3] at some point, yes. Now there's Architects tho..

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • xVictimOfADownx

    I truly believe Misery Signals were the only band holding this genre together, now its kinda just dissolved away. [2] Erra had the potential too but it's looking like they are changing their minds, last new hope is The Afterimage in my opinion.

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MoogInRow

    i wont complain about Misery Sigs doing a tour with ETID though id say no to Counterparts

    4 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Hyp0crisy

    Can Misery Sigs do an American tour with Every Time I Die, Comeback Kid, and Counterparts...pretty please?

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • thestingingrain

    I truly believe Misery Signals were the only band holding this genre together, now its kinda just dissolved away. But Absent Light was still very pleasing. I definitely don't listen to them as much as I used to. But every time a track from Of Malice finds its way to my ears, it fills me up with life! That shit just gets me going, its like musical magic!

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • youthinksoo

    Saw them on Malice X. Holy hnnnggg, bring back Jesse Zaraska!

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • MoogInRow

    Of Malice, Mirrors and Controller are all so amazing

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
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