All hail the Devil of the Sect.
The Gloom In The Corner are no doubt going to unleash a brand new EP later in 2019. However, that cycle has to get up and going sometime, and their newest single, 'Misanthropic', might just have gotten that process right underway.
At nearly four-minutes long, 'Misanthropic' never feels like it goes on for that long; it goes straight for the throat from the get-go, flying by each section with real vigour and energy. Something that these guys are really starting to nail lately in their songwriting. For real, with each new single unveiled, this Melbourne heavy crew just get better and better. Armed with larger vocal variation, bloodthirsty rhythmic grooves, killer breakdowns, well-written nu-metalcore parts and plenty of wicked, djent-tinged riffs, The Gloom In The Corner are offering more enjoyable and more repayable tunes as time goes on. They're really keeping shit interesting; a decent balance of mosh and narrative.
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While the spoken/rapped vocals in this song's mid-section ("No one talks, not even Jay says hi") and that maniacal little laugh at the end are kinda cringe, those are mere droplets in cool blood-red water of what is a damned solid tune.
The lyrics and visuals to 'Misanthropic' introduce a newish character to the band's Section 13 universe, one that has always been there in the background but has only now been revealed in full: Sherlock Bones, the Hellhound for the Devil's Throne, played by Lochie Carey. Hinted at in their last video of 'Villain' - written about the lover for the Hellhound, Clara, The Queen of Misanthropy, and set after this video in the timeline - this new release is like a realisation for Jay (the protagonist of their 'Fear Me' LP) and other Sect characters about a violent, devilish player who has been in the game right from the beginning. They're now all taking a backseat to this nihilistic and narcissistic character, and I'm fully on-board for the ride.
Well-directed and edited together by Colin Jeffs (ex-Aversions Crown vocalist), the Gloom cinematic universe gets another solid expansion with the murderous and theatrical church sermon story shots of their latest clip. Yet the song's actual lyrical content read more like a therapy session ("doctor please, don't mishear me"), and the admittance of this guy's vile past actions, overall intent, and also even some guilt and relishing in what he's done. Which all works rather well here, allowing Gloom to get fans and any other listeners well-acquainted with their narrative's uncaring, cruel new villain.