Basically a raw black metal album with good rhythms, the guitar lines are undoubtedly strong and self-sufficient, holding the hard harmonies in the extreme boundaries of a heavily colossal and aggressive sound. Unfortunately, the sound is deeply uniform, and the musical sphere hardly goes anywhere beyond the ordinary proposal of a usual and very simple black metal album. With a despicable lack of innovation, Misanthrope manages to be just another BM album that hardly deserves any attention.
Don’t get me wrong, the guitar work is competent, but it’s tiresome. The guitar riffs have little variations, and you eventually become too exasperated with the sound. The album is plagued by a dreadful monotony, and faster than you think, the album is not near the end, but all the way through, sounds exactly the same, from the very beginning.
Sorry, but I cannot point it out any relevant, interesting or dignifying quality here. This album is overall too poor. And this is strange, given the fact that the songs are not that long; on the contrary, they have the average length of normal songs, which is four to five minutes. There is heaviness on this album. There is aggression, fast guitars and very fast drums. Nevertheless, it’s hard to tolerate. And while I sincerely appreciate the level of musical input that the work evidently showcases, the final result is a rather simplistic record, that hardly deserves any review or sincere appreciation.
I sincerely don’t recommend this record to anyone, even to the most ardent enthusiasts of black metal. In the end, Misanthrope is a waste of time. With no values or qualities to highlight, this is a too much ordinary album, to receive any widespread attention.