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Merciless Death - Evil In The Night - 2007 - Heavy Artillery

Track Listing
1. Slaughter Lord
2. Deadly Assault
3. Command Death
4. Burn In Hell
5. Exumer
6. Act Of Violence
7. The Final Slaughter
8. Ready To Kill
Merciless Death has already won an award here at Maximum Metal. Yours truly, EC, greatest metal journalist of all time, deems "Evil In The Night" the best album cover of 2007. The illustration was done by famed metal artist Ed Repka (Megadeth, Evil Dead, Death). How perfectly fitting to have a zombie attack on your album jacket? A bit 80s perhaps, but that is exactly what Merciless Death is all about.

This young group of California brain-thrashers have brought back the old-school thrash, however it is most definitely not the brand of Metallica/Pantera worship that is so dominant in today's current market. No, this act is all about the raw thrash of the 80s, with bands like Razor, Exumer, and Iron Angel obviously a huge influence on this record. The band is stripped down to a three-piece featuring Cesar Torres on drums, Andy Torres on bass/vocals, and Dan Holder on guitar. Combined the band is simply a relentless speed metal attack, complete with wall of sound guitars, fast double-bass battery, and Andy's raspy spoken voice, rather reminiscent of Lemmie from Violent Force.

Through eight barnburners the group charge head on into thrash glory, with cuts like "Slaughter Lord" simply Hell bent on total acceleration. The band slows down to a degree for headbanging acceptance on "Act Of Violence" and the highlight "Exumer". Beyond that this is just a blender of a record that is sure to please denim and leather maniacs and possibly convert today's metal fan into a serious thrash mentality. Cheers to a band who simply goes against the grain and offers a senseless barrage of intense, fire-fury speed metal, old-school loud and proud.

They even have the Reebok high-tops.



--EC 08.27.07
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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