Merciless Death-Realm of terror
This is the sophomore effort from Southern California's old style thrash band Merciless Death. I kind of like this album, but I liked it a whole lot more when Slayer did it under the title of "Show no mercy". This is very early, say 83-85 style speed metal and they seem to try hard to make every detail of the music sound like it was from that time period. I think the question has to come after hearing any of these style thrash albums is why do this when it's already been done? I still can't figure why these bands and still chopping away at this kind of music like they think it still 1985. Okay, they like the style, but if you don't add anything of your own to it then you come across as a speed metal cover band. I am sorry that many of these bands missed the speed metal explosion of the 1980's becuase they had not yet been born or were in diapers. However, time moves on and so should music to some extent. I thought their 2007 debut "Evil in the night" was decent, but they needed to bring their own ideas and the vocals needed some real help. Well, the vocals on the new album are a little better, definitely deeper and more intense. The music is tighter overall and the production might even be sharper. Yet the part they spent no time on is adding their own ideas. This is just 28 minutes and 12 seconds of a style of metal that was done well over twenty years ago and done better back then. I love speed metal a lot, but if you are not bringing anything of your own to the mix then I fail to see the point in why I should listen to this when I can just pull out a Slayer or Dark Angel album and play that instead. I still hope they keep pushing at it, but I hope at some point that they realize that they need to stretch their music out and begin to define their own sound.