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Thrash Death Merciless Terror Perpetual Devastation
EP, Released date : 27 June 2011 - Bad News Records
Style: Thrash Death

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RATING SOM : 17/20
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Tracklist
1. Shattered Existence
2. Vortex of Death
3. Perpetual Devastation
4. Antagonistic Slaughter
5. The Dead Crimson Skies
6. Severance

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    GandhiEgo, Thursday 11 August 2011 Talk to your friends  
Killer from the first second to the very last, Perpetual Devastation IS the record in 2011 to discover!

If you’ve followed the Death Metal scene lately you’ve surely noticed how Great Britain was getting back on tracks in full force after having slept over the past glory of their ancient idols. Merciless Terror are yet another fine example of this and needless to say they rank high among the other UK-based bands of the genre.

Spirit of Metal may list them as Grindcore but these guys do really play Death Metal with more than a few hints at Thrash Metal. Founded in Nottingham two years ago, they’ve released one demo the same year, 2009, before gracing us with the release in 2011 of Perpetual Devastation. One listen was all it took to get me hooked up to this band. While other records may be called growers, Perpetual Devastation brought everything I enjoy about Death Metal in one single shot.

Merciless Terror may fall under the Old School Death Metal genre but basically they're doing it right where others merely copy the ancient masters. You're not looking at copycats that will hide their lack of inspiration in a so-called raw evil sound meant to sound as a tribute to Incantation and what not. The production is Death Metal at its very best and would put to shame even the most seasoned bands out there.

Musically speaking, Merciless Terror display a very wide range of influences which in the end ultimately lend them their very own personality. Their music might best be described as having the power of Bolt Thrower's debut (In Battle There is no Law), the rage of Dark Angel’s Darkness Descends and the madness of Carcass’ Reek of Putrefaction. They deliver slabs of old school fervor mixed with a brutality that is inherent to the very best acts in Thrash Metal making their songs not only catchy but insanely violent.

The only moment of relative peace may be found in the track entitled Antagonistic Slaughter which is some instrumental short piece very reminiscent of Testament’s Eerie Inhabitants but it serves mainly as an intro to the last song named Severance, which has a very distinct Asphyx flavor to it mainly because of how heavy it is.

My only complaint? Guess there’s none except it’s only a EP and therefore quite short in duration (less than twenty minutes). This is brilliant thanks to these guys’ inspiration and killing songwriting, great musicianship and a versatile singer that makes you think sometimes of Tardy, sometimes of a sped up version of Araya and sometimes a grunt master with a PhD in growling. Killer from the first second to the very last, Merciless Terror’s Perpetual Devastation IS the record in 2011 to discover coming from a new band. Help yourself and contact them right away. It is worth it!








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