“…despite the somewhat shorter song duration the material is so energized and ass kicking that you feel like you got your mosh nut. […] Dying Whale also have a clear punk streak which makes the material sharper and more urgent, less plodding or worried about proving they are evil metal dudes and more interested in just peeling your face off.” Metal Riot
“The album kicks off with opener ‘Black Sky Absorbs You In’, a two minute rager that puts the band’s obvious Jesus Lizard influence way up front. […] ‘One Final First Kiss’ spends four minutes in David Yow inspired Hell, with some completely unhinged vocals, heavy bass and drum work, and some guitar playing that just comes at you from all directions. […] ‘The Cloud I Hold’ is a three minute slab of absolute vocal and musical insanity. How do you describe this? It’s non-stop fury, righteous anger channeled through precise instrumentation camouflaged by absolutely thunderous riffing.
You’re gonna need a nap after you listen to this thing.” – Rock! Shock! Pop!
“I just want to make listeners feel the same way I did when I first listened to Botch’s We Are the Romans.” Lord Randall of New Noise Magazine interviews Dying Whale vocalist/bassist Matt Zagorski. Read the full article RIGHT HERE.
“Between their fun-but-technical riffing and occasional experimention, they have plenty of what you’re looking for. You’ll recieve plenty of bruises from the typical hardcore flair, but be ready for some interesting side steps into odd territory like the Danny Elfman-ish passage in ‘One Final First Kiss,’ the noisey, sludgy intro and Buckley-esque singing of “Distress,” or the odd mantras of ‘Denial.'” – Metal Trenches
“Last Moments of Misery is a throwback to the early days of the American hardcore scene with a metallic twist. It’s raw, emotional, and all types of nasty. The songs sound like they were born on the beer-and-piss-soaked floors of a graffiti-covered punk house. No fancy recording tricks, no production sweetening; just wild-eyed and heavy. Don’t get in DYING WHALE’s way. You’re just going to get hurt. RIYL: Converge, All Else Failed, Trap Them” – Toilet ov Hell
“Crossing bits of Association Area, Botch, Cave In, Gallows, Shai Hulud, Will Haven and others, Last Moments of Misery is a surprisingly varied and engaging release that covers a lot of bases in its relatively short playing time. The band obviously have their own individualistic vision for what they want to achieve and as far as I can tell they tick all of the necessary boxes on this album.” – Wonderbox Metal