Misery Index (band)

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Misery Index
Misery Index in Prague (2011)
Misery Index in Prague (2011)
Background information
OriginBaltimore, Maryland, USA
GenresDeath metal, grindcore, crust punk[1]
Years active2001–present
LabelsNuclear Blast, Relapse, Anarchos, Season of Mist, Century Media
MembersJason Netherton
Mark Kloeppel
Adam Jarvis
Darin Morris
Past membersKevin Talley
Mike Harrison
Matt Byers
Bruce Greig
John Voyles

Misery Index is an American death metal band formed in 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, by Jason Netherton (bass, vocals), Mike Harrison (guitar, vocals), and Kevin Talley (drums). From 2006–2010, its line-up consisted of Netherton on bass and vocals, John Voyles on lead guitar, Mark Kloeppel on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Adam Jarvis on drums. In 2010, Voyles left the band and was replaced by Darin Morris.


Misery Index's music is best described as death metal with strong hardcore punk and grindcore influences. Its lyrics tend to be highly critical of prevailing power structures in modern culture, everyday life and the ills of modern society. Their band name is derived from the economic indicator of the same name, which was also the namesake of the last album by Assück, from whom Misery Index also draw inspiration. Through the years, the band toured extensively, notably performing over 1000 concerts in 44 different countries from 2002 until 2013.[2]

The band runs its own record label, Anarchos Records, through which it has released a handful of titles, including its debut EP Overthrow in 2001, the Dissent EP in 2004, and the 2010 compilation Pulling Out the Nails. Misery Index's debut album, Retaliate, was released on Nuclear Blast Records in 2003. The band signed to Relapse Records in January, 2006, and released its second album, Discordia, in May 2006. Traitors, the band's third album, was released in September 2008 and its fourth album, Heirs to Thievery, was released May 11, 2010.[3] In June 2011, the band signed to Season of Mist Records, and released its fifth full-length, The Killing Gods, in May 2014.[4] On March 8, 2019, the band released their sixth album Rituals of Power.' In 2020, the band signed with Century Media Records and released their seventh album 'Complete Control' in May 2022.



  • Jason Netherton – bass, lead vocals (2001–present)
  • Adam Jarvis – drums (2004–present)
  • Mark Kloeppel – rhythm guitar, vocals (2005–present)
  • Darrin Morris – lead guitar (2010–present)


  • John "Sparky" Voyles – lead guitar (2001–2010)
  • Kevin Talley – drums (2001–2002, 2004)
  • Mike Harrison – rhythm guitar, vocals (2001–2002)
  • Matt Byers – drums (2002–2004)
  • Bruce Greig – rhythm guitar (2003–2004) (died 2022)[5]



Studio albums[edit]


  • Overthrow CD/12" (2001)
  • Misery Index / Commit Suicide split CD (2002)
  • Misery Index / Structure of Lies split CD (2003)
  • Dissent CD/12" (2004)
  • Misery Index / Bathtub Shitter split 7-inch (2006)
  • Hang Em High 7-inch (2007)
  • Misery Index / Mumakil split CD/7" (2007)
  • Misery Index / Lock Up split 7-inch (2011)[6]
  • Misery Index / I Disavow 7-inch (2018)

Other releases[edit]

  • Dead Sam Walking compilation Digital only (2008)
  • Pulling Out the Nails compilation CD/LP (2010)
  • Live in Munich LP (2013)

Music videos[edit]

  • The Great Depression (2004)
  • Conquistadores (2006)
  • Traitors (2008)
  • The Calling (2014)
  • The Harrowing (2015)
  • New Salem (2018)
  • Naysayer (2019)
  • Hammering the Nails (2019)
  • Decline and Fall (2019)
  • The Eaters and the Eaten (2022)


  1. ^ Album review Metal Injection
  2. ^ "Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment". M.axs.com.
  3. ^ "MISERY INDEX: 'Heirs To Thievery' First-Week Sales Revealed". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  4. ^ "Misery Index Signs With Season Of Mist". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-09. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  5. ^ "Former Misery Index And Dying Fetus Guitarist Bruce Greig Passes Away". metalunderground.com/.
  6. ^ "Exclusive: Jason Netherton (Misery Index) Interview « AMERICAN AFTERMATH". Americanaftermath.net. 2011-01-04. Archived from the original on 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2011-10-29.

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