March 2017


Dying Whale
'Last Moments of Misery'
CD Review By: James Carlson

Dying Whale, a doom-punk trio out of Valdosta, Georgia, has recently dropped its ferocious new full-length, 'Last Moments of Misery,' on the Nefarious Industries label. With twelve excellently composed and executed tracks, Dying Whale’s ‘Last Moments of Misery’ touches on a number of heavy genres, like metallic hardcore, extreme sludge, and experimental punk, to name a few. And while Dying Whale isn’t doing anything particularly new or setting a new standard in heavy music, they are certainly one of the best bands of this kind I have come across in some time.

Evidently, Dying Whale has been dishing out its raw riffage, frantic energy and ear-punishing vocals since 2010, yet I had no knowledge of the band’s existence until a few weeks ago. I am glad it was brought to my attention, though, as I have been listening to ‘Last Moments of Misery’ pretty consistently since then, and I probably will continue playing it for quite a while longer.

Dying Whale’s ‘Last Moments of Misery’ was recorded in the band’s hometown of Valdosta at Earthsound Studios with engineer/producer Lee Dyess (Mayday Parade, From First to Last, I Set My Friends on Fire). The album also features contributions from a bunch of guest vocalists: Rich Weinberger (Gatherers), Jeff Hill (Machinist!), Kelby Clark (Divorce Ring), Nannen Gatchell (Smiler), and Victor Skamiera (Fero Lux).

Standout tracks include “One Final First Kiss,” “Forged by Silver,” “The Cloud I Hold,” “The Tear Between Life and Love,” and “Dreading My Exclusion.”

I am sure I am not alone in looking forward to what this band does in the future.

‘Last Moments of Misery’ by Dying Whale was released on CD and digital download formats on February 3, 2017 by Nefarious Industries.

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