MISFIRE makes old-school flavored thrash metal devastation with the kind of bombastic firepower that could wake the dead. In the tradition of classic metal projects before them, these Chicago boys are raw power, unleashing song after song of unrelenting fury. It’s music that could have arrived in the thrash golden age of 1986, when bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Dark Angel, and Sodom delivered vital records. And yet MISFIRE is forward-thinking, injecting modern metal mastery into their brew for a powerful, timeless sound.
The excellence in execution within the band owes much to the chemistry between its blue-collar members. James Nicademus (drums) started jamming as a teenage and played in the band Diamond Plate before starting MISFIRE. Along with Sean Coogan, another young veteran who cut his heavy metal teeth in the band Vitrial, together they lay down the heavy backbone to every song. Tim Jensen (vocals) has been in the Chicago music scene in a wide range of projects but brings his energetic flare center stage, then add in Kosta Kostadinov (guitar) and his over-the-top shredding style and you have a bomb ready to blow.
Created in a small studio and engineered by Coogan himself, the debut album for MISFIRE is free from click-tracks and other unnecessary frills, projecting the purity of what three musicians raised on Pantera and the Big 4 sound like in a room together. Sympathy for the Ignorant is heavy, confident, and filled with the kind of earworm thrash metal riffs that sends aspiring players to the guitar store.
“The album is a sonically badass version of what you’ll hear live. It’s real, no fake shit,” Nicademus says. “It’s very much a throwback to the way things used to be recorded. Like, just turn the shit on, press record, layer some stuff in after that, put some words on top of it, mix it, and it’s done.”
Armed with the attitude and songs to follow in the footsteps of Slayer, Metallica, and Lamb Of God, the men of MISFIRE are heavy metal lifers. “I started playing drums when I was 11, and ever since, it’s all I talk about,” says Nicademus.
In just a short couple of years, MISFIRE quickly shared the stage with thrash legends Sacred Reich and modern throwback bands like Iron Regan and Warbringer. As long-running tastemakers Metal Crypt wrote in a review of Sympathy for the Ignorant, “these fellows are ready for the big leagues.”
“Whatever happens, we’re going to be here for a long time because we can’t live without doing this shit,” Nicademus declares. “All we want is to make records, tour, and have a good time doing it.”
MISFIRE is poised to give the world a much-needed dose of Windy City whiplash. Get ready.