Friday, 1 June 2012
Merrimack - The Acausal Mass (CD Review)
MERRIMACK belong to the most influential, most active and
authentic bands of the French black metal scene. Moreover this
band is one of the French combos that accomplished to play
worldwide tours and that made a name for themselves in the
scene over the French border.
After founding the band in 1994, MERRIMACK recorded three
demo tapes – “Act 1”, the splitdemo “Hirilorn/Merrimack” and
“Horns Defeat Thorns (A Vision Of Human Salvation)”, before they
felt ready for their first entire studio album. “Ashes Of Purification”
was released in 2002 by the underground label Elegy Records.
The jet-black hateful chunk of metal was acclaimed by the strict
core of the underground scene and the American label Moribund
Records began to put out feelers in direction of Paris. “Of Entropy
And Life Denial”, the fabulous second album from 2006 finally
marked the international break through of the Frenchmen. Media
placed MERRIMACK on the same with big names like MARDUK
or GORGOROTH and praised the musical brutality and vigour as
well as the quality of composition and playing. “Grey Rigorism”,
the third album, was a step in modern direction. MERRIMACK
combined their gruff Black Metal with epic song structures and
post-modern Sound – they got fabulous media critics and toured
through Europe and USA very successfully.
In summer 2011 the band came to an agreement about a cooperation
with the German Metal label AFM Records. In January
2012 the combo entered again the Necromorbus Studio, where
quality guarantees like WATAIN or FUNERAL MIST produced
their sound attacks. “THE ACAUSAL MASS” bites, rages, hurts
and destroys. MERRIMACK excelled themselves by introducing a
milestone of orthodox and brilliant black metal and prove again
that the black metal scene is able to give new impulses in 2012 far
away from mainstream.
When it comes to French metal im not exactley jumping around with excitment (Unless you wanna talk about TRUST) when it comes to Black Metal there is only one band to talk about and that is BLUT AUS NORD.
So hitting play with this one does not hold any hopes, but play button it is....
Kinda wish i hadnt, every track sounds the same and its very average, my advice is to stick with Norway, Sweden and UK when it comes to all things Black.
Posted by Stu Tovell at 14:33