Misery Index is an American death metal band. Characterized by their heavy grindcore and New York hardcore influences and scathingly vicious and caustic political lyrics, they've come a long way from being "that band Netherton, Voyles, and Talley started after leaving Fetus" and have become a major player in modern death metal in their own right.

Formed in 2001 by ex-Music/DyingFetus members Jason Netherton (vocals, bass), John "Sparky" Voyles (guitar), and Kevin Talley (drums), along with newcomer Mike Harrison (guitars, vocals), the band wasted no time in releasing the ''Overthrow'' EP along with several splits, though Harrison and Talley left the following year and were replaced by Bruce Greig and Matt Byers, respectively, though Greig swiftly left sometime before the release of ''Retaliate'' in 2003, which he had no part in. Byers left the following year and was briefly replaced by Talley before he left yet again, with a then-unknown young hotshot by the name of Adam Jarvis taking his place. Mark Kloeppel then joined in on guitars and vocals in 2005, creating the classic lineup and the one that would release the next three full-lengths and innumerable splits and compilations. All went smoothly until around 2010, when Voyles left shortly after the release of ''Heirs to Thievery'' due to his rising dissatisfaction with the touring life; after a brief length of time as a three-piece, they welcomed in Darin Morris as his replacement. A split followed in 2011, along with various tours, though Netherton was MIA for a while thanks to his being busy getting his [=PhD=]; rather than draft a fill-in, Kloeppel just assumed bass duties and all vocal duties. A new album, ''The Killing Gods'', has officially dropped as of May 23, 2014.
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!!Discography:
* ''Overthrow'' (2001) - EP
* ''Created to Kill'' (2002) - split with Aborted, Brodequin, and Drowning
* ''Misery Index / Commit Suicide'' (2003) - split
* ''Structure of Lies / Misery Index'' (2003) - split
* ''Retaliate'' (2003)
* ''DVD Vol. 1'' (2004)
* ''Dissent'' (2004) - EP
* ''Misery Index / Bathtub Shitter'' (2006) - split
* ''Discordia'' (2006)
* ''Hang Em High'' (2007) - EP
* ''Ruling Class Cancelled'' (2008) - split with Mumakil
* ''Dead Sam Walking'' (2008) - compilation of vinyl-only tracks
* ''Traitors'' (2008)
* ''Pulling Out the Nails'' (2010) - compilation of all splits and [=EPs=]
* ''Heirs to Thievery'' (2010)
* ''Siberian / Thus the Beast Decapitated'' (2011) - split with Lock Up
* ''Live in Munich'' (2013)
* ''The Killing Gods'' (2014)
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The band contains examples of the following tropes:
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Jarvis is known for his explosive power, incredible speed and accuracy, and his immensely physical playing style.
* TheAntiNihilist: "Gallows Humor" and "The Weakener", coupled with SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: it's all too easy to fall into apathy and indifference as a coping mechanism to deal with all of the world's atrocities, but doing so will make you a sitting duck when those atrocities are right at your doorstep.
* BadassBeard: Voyles had quite the impressive beard.
* BadassBookworm: Jason Netherton, who is currently working on his [=PhD=].
* ConceptAlbum: ''The Killing Gods'' is a partial example, as the first five tracks form the suite-based "Faust" track.
* GaiasVengeance: "The Carrion Call"
* {{GIFT}}: "Plague of Objects"
* {{Grindcore}}: ''Very'' heavily influenced by it and have dabbled in it here and there.
* HardcorePunk: Has noticeable elements of this.
* LeadBassist: Netherton is types B and C.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: A solid 10.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''The Killing Gods'' is noticeably more melodic and has far more complex arrangements overall.
* ProtestSong: About 85% of their lyrical content. The other 15% is a mixture of retellings of historical events and examinations of humanity.
* ReligionRantSong: "Theocracy"
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Netherton's lyrics are far more florid and poetic than one would expect.
* SignatureStyle: A mixture of death metal, grindcore, and NYHC riffing with lots of blasting, a death metal rasp/grindcore shout dual vocal system, and the occasional melodic solo. Adam Jarvis also has a very distinctive drumming style, making use of quick, stuttering bursts of fills that usually end in explosive snare rolls, in addition to a very recognizable snare tone.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Generally sticks firming to the cynical side. There are occasionally some cautiously optimistic themes, but they're mostly in the vein of "things MIGHT get better, but it's very unlikely at this point in time".
* UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar: "Ghosts of Catalonia"
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: When Jason can't make a tour, they don't even bother calling someone in to fill his spot, instead just opting to have Mark switch up guitar for bass while having him do all of the vocals.
* TakeThat: "Scene and Not Heard" is this to deathcore.