Merciless Terror – Vile Extinction30th September 2013
Just got back from an amazing weekend away in Budapest and straight back onto the reviewing…that’s because am dedicated to my minions! Anyway up next is UK band MERCILESS TERROR, who hail from Nottingham! (Yep I was surprised something this good could come from there as well). Anyway onto the history of MERCILESS TERROR, this is their latest release after 2 EP’s and only being together for 4 years and what a little treat it is for your metal hungry ears!
After the intro track “Omicide” fades out the listener is then brutally attacked by a caustic guitar riff that shred the skin and drums that feel like they are repeatedly kicking you in the face! Then to add insult the vocals are spitting bile into you bloody exposed skin. This brutal thrash and death tinged metal and the album doesn’t let up the assault until the guitar driven instrumental “Dystopic Visions” which is like the calm before the storm and it intensifies the anticipation of the final track “Existence Denied”. They then make sure you don’t forgot about them to easily as “Existence Denied” gives you one final pummelling before the album finishes and lets you recover from the aural attack you have just been subjected to.
MERCILESS TERROR are influenced by Slayer, Malevolent Creation, early Sepultura and Bolt Thrower and I could argue that they actually don’t do anything new on this release, but they do it a lot better than most bands around at the moment. However if you want 35 minutes of guitar solos that warp and twist your mind, blast beats and drumming that relentlessly pound your senses, bass lines that hook you and start to slowly pull you apart while the vocals pummel your face then get this release.
This is high adrenaline thrash/death metal that never relents up the energy and when they do slow it down you can feel the tension in the air and the sinister feeling lurking not that far behind. I can’t wait for future releases from these guys and I hope they keep this up and don’t sell out…
SCORE: 8 out of 10
ALBUM: Vile Extinction
RECORD LABEL: Devils Clause Records
RELEASE DATE: October 7th, 2013
01. Omicide 00.00
02. Doctrine of Malevolence
03. Circle of Contempt
05. Baptized in Blood
06. Hateful Abomination
07. Process of Eradication
08. World Desolation
09. Imminent Death
10. Dystopic Visions
11. Existence Denied
STANDOUT TRACKS: – “Circle of Contempt”, “Baptized in Blood”, “Hateful Abomination” & “Imminent Death”