The making of the Misery album was an intense process. I worked on this album in total isolation, with no creative interaction with other
people for a period of two years. I began with a lot of ideas. Musically, I wanted to make an album that would break Dumbass out of the
industrial-noise-rock box. I wanted the album to do everything. I wanted to make an album that explored so much musical ground, that
afterwards, anything I wanted to do would make perfect sense. So the album needed industrial-noise-rock, in fact, it needed to push
that even further. But it also needed to be mellower than anything I’d ever done. It needed to do all sorts of things that I’d never done.
After 2 full years of work I had about 6 hours of completed music… and I don’t even know how much I scrapped.
I also went into this album with an extremely complicated concept, which made for very strict and difficult working conditions. The album
deals with symbols, and specifically (though not limited to) those representing change. At its most basic level, the album is about
change, the painful, difficult, cyclical and yet progressive process of change. The album is about death and life, about rebirth and
repetition, about evolution, weakness, strength, pain, joy, etc. For maximum effect, play both discs of the album, one after the other, on
repeat (the album is designed to flow in a continuous cycle).