Mercic – 7, 8
Release Date: 04/06/2021
Running Time: 30:59/34:14
Review by Beth Jones
Another Sunday is upon us. And it has to be said I’m feeling a little delicate this morning, after another great little virtual gathering of our little Ever Metal global family last night. So obviously, when you’re not quite sure if your head is on the right way round, the best thing to do is listen to some slightly proggy industrial electronica! Thankfully, Mercic, a project from Portugal, has popped up in my review list delivering just that!
Created in 2015, Mercic is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist, Carlos Maldito. The philosophy of Mercic is to move away from releasing singles and videos, instead choosing to only release studio albums and remix other bands. And to that end, albums “7” & “8” have just been released. Now, the eagle-eyed among you will notice that the album track numbers don’t start at 1. That’s because they all follow on from the original album. If you have a few hours spare, you might want to listen to them all back-to-back!
Musically, there are a lot of genres and influences in these two albums. Everything from full on dirty industrial metal, to flamenco acoustic guitar. The albums are mainly instrumental, but “7” does have some vocals, and spoken word, all in Carlos’ mother tongue, which is beautifully expressive, and works really well. It’s a very atmospheric sound, almost painting a picture of a futuristic industrial dystopia. It would be a great soundtrack for a dark film full of barren, tarred landscapes, and industrial factories.
The sampling and orchestration are another big plus of these two albums. I can get a bit annoyed by sampling sometimes if they’re not done right. But I don’t have a problem with this album.
Track 52, ‘Reage’ instantly grabbed me, as it reminds me a lot of another industrial favourite of mine, Jayce Lewis. It’s heavy and thumping, luscious with mechanical energy. And this sets the tone for the majority of “7”, with industrial noises appearing all over the place to compliment the music. It’s a bit of a mind fuck at times, because it’s steeped with cross rhythms and unexpected changes of mood or style in the middle of songs. It’s definitely a thinker’s album.
“8” is a slightly less mind melting affair, with more defined rhythms and refined style changes. And for that reason, I prefer it slightly to “7”. ‘The Determinant Rising’, the first track on “8” reminds me of 8-bit computer game music, which I bloody loved. It’s very atmospheric and would be the music leading up to an end level boss! But I think my favourite track on this album is ‘The Conqueror’ because it’s so different. Harsh metallic drums and low rumbling samples, but with Spanish Guitar played Flamenco style. It’s very clever.
It’s not often that I get stumped for what to say about an album. But these two albums are actually pretty hard to describe, because there’s such a mix of sounds, rhythms, and ideas going on. Now, usually, that would piss me off! But here it doesn’t. It just kinda works. It’s ambient and dystopic, and it tells a dark tale with sound. I’ve really enjoyed listening to this, not just for the actual music, but for the dark symbolism and mood it prompts in me. If you’re looking for something a little bit different to listen to, and like to explore dark ambience, then these two albums could be just what you’re looking for.
‘Reage’ (Audio) Taken From “7”.
‘The Determinant Rising’ (Audio) Taken From “8”.
51. Batalha De Egos
53. Começa a Viver-te
54. Sê Audaz
55. Já Não Te Pertences
56. Se Pequeno For o Teu Pensamento Jamais Seras Grande em Algo
57. Foge & Liberta-Te
58. Há Sempre Um Vazio
59. Olha-Te Ao Espelho
60. Somos Erros
61. The Determinant Rising
62. The Ruinous Damage
63. The Extermination Of What You Thought To Be
64. The Continuous Uncertainty
65. The Conqueror
66. The Most Perfect Nightmare
67. The Pain Builder
68. Nostalgia For The Past Nights
69. The Crown Belongs To Johnny (RIP)
70. The Last Ramble Of Dawn, Enough!
Carlos Maldito – Vocals, Keyboards, Samplers, Drums
André Tavares, César Palma, Manuel Melo, Hugo Areias, Cláudio Silva, Luís Coelho, Jorge Caldeira, José Costa, Jó, Tiago Tokinha, Ricardo Gingado, Paulo Dimal, Cristiano Vieira.
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