The Pledge is the debut EP of Miroist and released April 17, 2012. It has been getting a lot of hype on the Bandcamp metal recommendations, so I decided to check it out. It is only three songs long (thank goodness!).
I can totally see why this type of thing appeals to people. The first time through there is some fun, exciting things going on. It is your classic djent sound. It is easily palatable. These are not qualities a music major would consider good, though. This EP is basically the equivalent of pop metal.
After two listens the stock formula from which these songs are built becomes much more apparent. These songs are all in 4/4. Now there is some slightly technical guitar playing, I admit. But nothing annoys me more than bands sort of imitating bands doing really awesome complicated stuff, but seem to be completely clueless about what makes those bands great.
You can’t make a song in 4/4 more complex by throwing random guitar hits on some off beats. That’s not interesting, and that’s not what the good bands do. It actually drives me nuts to sit and listen to that type of thing. They are attempting the djent formula and producing the most generic, unoriginal stuff I’ve heard in a long time.
Tonally, there is essentially nothing going on. You have your standard pop chords. There is basically no bass line to be found. The bass is a single note that gets played at arbitrary times. There is no melody. The lead guitar is essentially just playing arpeggios.
I hate to rag on a band that is not popular and is at least out there trying to make it. Also, I want them to succeed in the sense that they are really into what they do. You can tell there is a lot of heart and excitement in their playing. I’m sure a lot of people will like this as well. I just happen to find it extremely derivative and boring.
That’s why I give this EP a 3/10. Here’s a sample (sadly, probably the best of the three):