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The Very End: Mercy & Misery

The Vey End are a new act to me. I'm totally unfamiliar with their work. After listening to Mercy & Misery I'm neither offended nor ecstatic about having spent time with them. They're thrashy yet melodic in way that many, many other acts are. To my ears they sound like Mercenary from Denmark at times which isn't a bad thing.

My own prejudices were piqued by the cover version of Led Zep's "Immigrant Song" as (shock, horror) I can't stand Zep and this version has done nothing to dissuade me from that opinion. There's also a cover version of Michael Sembello's "Maniac" which my twenty-two year old son seemed to enjoy when it was on in the car, but personally, I'll take Firewind's version any day of the week.

The band's original material is fine if unmemorable, hence the 'on the fence' rating.

Track Listing:

  1. Memento
  2. Ball and Chain
  3. The Leper
  4. Rat Nation
  5. Dead Is The New Alive
  6. Letters to the Living
  7. A Hole in the Sun
  8. For All Things Undone
  9. Vultures
  10. Immigrant Song
  11. Three Zero Nine
  12. Blacklisted
  13. Maniac

Added: January 3rd 2011
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1657
Language: english

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