Mercic – 7, 8

Mercic 7 & 8 Album Covers

Mercic – 7, 8
Self-Released
Release Date: 04/06/2021
Running Time: 30:59/34:14
Review by Beth Jones
8/10
8.5/10

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”.

TRACKLISTING:
7:
51. Batalha De Egos
52. Reage
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

8:
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!

LINE-UP:

Carlos Maldito – Vocals, Keyboards, Samplers, Drums

Featuring

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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EMQ’s with MERCIC

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EMQ’s with MERCIC

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Grândola, South of Portugal based Industrial Metal/Rock project, Mercic. Huge thanks to Carlos Maldito, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hello, I’m Carlos “Maldito”, I’m the musician behind the name MERCIC. This project was created in 2015 and brings together several musical genres always immersed in an industrial environment. It focuses on releasing long-lasting albums, has no promotional video clips or commercial radio singles.

How did you come up with your band name?

MERCIC is MERCIC!

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

MERCIC comes from the south of Portugal from a paradise by the sea called Grândola. The music scene in Portugal is small; the circuit has few spaces and is often reigned by the same ones as always. Rock is not dead but is dying, metal is always underground but has the faithful support of fans. The cult bands have been the same since the 80’s / 90’s and the new bands appearing are acclaimed and disappear shortly afterwards. Life runs too fast without the necessary calm to taste the art that is made from the heart.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

The most recent release was a double album, released on the 4th of June divided into “MERCIC_7” and “MERCIC_8” in collaboration with UNP music.

‘Batalha de Egos’ (Audio) from “MERCIC_7”.

‘The Crown Belongs To Johnny’ (Audio) from “MERCIC_8”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The biggest influences for me are several and of different styles but I will name the ones where I have their complete discography and I continue to buy all the new albums that come out; Sepultura, Gary Numan, Marilyn Manson, NIN, Orgy, Emika, Depeche Mode and Bizarra Locomotiva (the best Portuguese band for me).

What first got you into music?

Marilyn Manson with “Beautiful People”, I always liked drummer Ginger Fish and it was looking at his videos that I learned to play the drums.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Producer Ade Fenton and Trent Reznor.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

MERA LUNA in Germany because it is the one that best fits my musical taste.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

MERCIC has no fans, but friends who support my music and I feel very happy about it. The gifts I received were always beers and good wine.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

I reiterate that there are no MERCIC fans. But a message; be more basic and live life instead of hiding behind the opinions of others or shitty fashions that often have nothing to do with you and just follow them because others follow. Be true to yourself there is nothing more pure than that.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

David Bowie.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love being able to express my deepest thoughts through music and I love it when there are people who feel embraced and involved in the MERCIC songs, making them theirs too. I hate the lack of critical awareness that musicians generally have. The small pubs that ask the musician to play for free and in return say that he should still thank the opportunity to promote himself and the public that takes out entire albums for free without giving a penny to the artist and without worrying about it.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Exactly what I mentioned in the previous answer.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Fragile“ by Nine Inch Nails.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Anything that allows people to listen to music and through this experience they can feel good.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

With MERCIC we only played once because the project was only for the studio and when we started playing live the pandemic arrived, so our first show is still our best show today.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Something related to music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Trent Reznor, James Hetfield, Dave Grohl, Andreas Kisser and Eddie Vedder.

What’s next for the band?

Launch the new album and play live if possible.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.open.spotify.com/artist/4FVgsPzqO3p2gspmkhxakf
www.facebook.com/groups/1012004925676903/
www.facebook.com/MERCICmusic
www.instagram.com/mercic_official/
www.store.undergroundnproud.com/category/mercic
www.youtube.com/channel/UCx74JJAezgGY8xyEaBZWyXg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea. I do not care.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Many thanks to Wallace for his support.

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