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[ALBUM REVIEW] Mercyless: Pathetic Divinity

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France’s very own death metal band Mercyless return with their sixth offering, a follow-up to Unholy Black Splendor (2013). The guttural growls of vocalist Max Otero let rip on title track, Pathetic Divinity after the demonic sample which discusses the many forms of Satan. This time Satan is taking the form of all the musicians in the band as they give a performance which could only be backed up by the man himself. They have surely sold their souls to the devil to make this record. From the bone- crunching riffs to the blood- splatter of guitar solos left across the table by guitarist Gautier Merklen who leaves no stones unturned or decapitated heads in this case as he shreds using his guitar as a weapon.

The stomping riffs continue with A Representation of Darkness with blast-beats and screams that would please fans of Cannibal Corpse. The evil guitar riffs and frantic bass of Matthieu Merklen pave the way for next track, My name is Legion, a tribute to Marduk vocalist from 1994 to 2003, Erik “Legion” Hagstedt perhaps?


Mercyless maintain the old school death metal sound while keeping the production modern at Psykron studio with Philippe Reinhalter and Frédéric Motte, mastering tracks at Conkrete studio. Sing along with the anthemic, Left to Rot and soak in the guitar solos of How Deep is Your Hate? while asking yourself this question before Mercyless have the last laugh on final track Liturgiae. If satan is listening to any new music right now it would be this gem right here.

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