HistoryThese Mainz misanthropes were formed in 1999 and played death metal. The group’s 2002 demo leads to a contract with Spain’s Xtreem. The CDR demo featured four songs and an intro. It was self-produced and had liner notes in which the band thanked itself. Soulreaver was issued in July of 2003. The band was heard on the 2004 Schwarztyrannen ('black tyrants') of Umtrunk Records with the song Restless Life. Reborn was aptly named coming four years later and through Musicaz.
In 2011, Dennis joined on bass and Mathias Piesker on drums. Sebastian was the new guitarist.
MISANTHROPIC - DEMO 2002
German quintet Misanthropic is an impressive band. In spite of what is perhaps a familiar moniker and a somewhat nondescript cover shot, the band delivers surprisingly mature death metal with songs like The Answers Inside Me, Fly and Living You. The five mix energizing melodic passages with the heaviness of a death metal band. Not only are the compositions good and the arrangements mature, but also the band hits all the right notes by emulating and adapting patterns previously heard in songs by Dissection, Demigod and Eucharist. The vocals, on the other hand, are occasionally reminiscent of early Morgoth. The band loves its guitar harmonies too which only adds to the stimulating impact of the songs. Misanthropic is hardly revolutionary, but that being beside the point, they deliver an exciting barrage of well-balanced metal that is worthy of a record deal. Which explains why Spain's Xtreem Music has already picked up the band with an eye for a July release. To secure the demo write to email@example.com or otherwise look out for the aforementioned debut. - Ali "The Metallian"
MISANTHROPIC - SOULREAVER - XTREEM
Part of the problem with these newcomers is how the label initiates high expectations by comparing the band to God Dethroned, Amon Amarth and Centinex. Those expectations will remain both unfulfilled and imprecise. The band's own material is, furthermore, hardly rousing. A couple of songs do hint at early Tiamat and Grotesque, but the rest of the material somehow dangles in place without breaking the enjoyment barrier. To take matters one step further, songs like Nervous Breakdown and Living You are weaker attempts at death metal and deteriorate to the point of incorporating background keyboards. The vocalist does sound heavy and brings a semblance of brutality to the band with his Sinister grunt. Elsewhere, Misanthropic has a loud bass and light drum sound which have to improve. All in all, this one is a let-down. - Ali "The Metallian"