Swedish industrial metal pioneers Misery Loves Co haven’t released a new album in 19 years. Instead they have been putting out one great song after the other. And their latest track might be the best one so far.
“Way Back Home” is the fourth release since the band got back together again in 2016. Just like “Would You?”, “Suburban Breakdown” and their version of “Only Happy When It Rains”, it’s got Misery Loves Co– classic written all over it. The song is up-tempo and energetic, but still has a lot of that characteristic melancholy that we all love so much.
The new album is being mixed as we speak and will see the light of day later this year. Hopefully. Otherwise Misery Loves Co will probably just continue to put out these brilliant songs. One by one.
“Way Back Home” was mixed by Roberto Laghi (In Flames, Entombed AD) and mastered by Richard Sporrong Behind the drumkit was, as always, Jesper Skarin (VAK, The Field, Gösta Berlings Saga).
Cover design by Jerker Josefsson.
Photo by Anna Ledin Wirén.
MISERY LOVES CO:
Patrik Wirén – Vocals
Örjan Örnkloo – Guitar, Programming Michael Hahne – Guitar
MISERY LOVES CO. released its self-titled debut in 1995 (a year earlier in Scandinavia) and soon became one of Europe’s most talked-about up-and-coming metal bands. With songs like “My Mind Still Speaks” and “Kiss Your Boots”, they managed to mix aggressiveness with melody and innovativeness with an impressive songwriting. Both audience and critics took the band to their hearts and perhaps Metal Hammer said it best: “If someone were to prescribe a formula for how metal should sound in 1995, it could be described in three words — MISERY LOVES CO.”
Tours and shows in both Europe and the U.S. followed with such acts as SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD, DEFTONES and PARADISE LOST. MISERY LOVES CO.‘s second release, “Not Like Them”, earned the band a Grammis (Swedish Grammy equivalent) in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal” category in 1998. This time Patrik‘s lyrics were even more personal, which is why he, to this day, gets response from people telling him how songs like “Prove Me Wrong” helped them get through bad times.
The year 2000 saw the band release its last album, “Your Vision Was Never Mine To Share”, which was a huge step for the band musically. The dynamic of songs like the title track and “On Top of The World” were more impressive than ever and the band progressed in a very exciting artistic direction. Still, just a few months later, the band split-up and the world became an inferior place.
Until 2016 when the band exploded on the main stages at Gefle Metal Festival (Sweden), Bloodstock (UK) and Brutal Assault (Czech Republic). Since then the band have done both club shows and festivals in Sweden aswell as some high-profile shows outside of their home country. In 2017 they also boarded the world’s biggest metal cruise 70000 Tons Of Metal and a year later they did a much talked about show at the Sweden Rock Festival.
The story of one of the greatest industrial metal bands continues…