Mercury Tide - Killing Saw review


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Band: Mercury Tide
Album: Killing Saw
Release date: May 2012

01. In The Shame Of Trust
02. Killing Saw
03. Home
04. Searching
05. World Of Pain
06. Lord Of Memories
07. Out Of The Darkness
08. Alone In My Room
09. Satan Sister
10. You Cannot Save Me
11. No More Pain
12. Have No Fear

I'm pretty sure when Sodom stated "The Saw Is The Law", this isn't what they had in mind. Mercury Tide sure ain't layin' down any type of law with this mid-paced snooze-fest. The content of this album really explains why the chick on the cover artwork appears to be sleeping.

So Dirk Thurisch of Angel Dust fame is part of this project. I suppose that's the selling point for Mercury Tide, as they don't have a whole lot else going for them. This really is an amalgamation of two thoroughly unappetizing worlds; it's generic, static, mid-paced hard rock riffs mixed with the melodies and vocals of some amateur power metal.

Though the whole album is pretty much unremarkable wall-to-wall, what makes Killing Saw distinctly embarrassing is the occasional keyboards/piano bits tossed in. Normally, it would be considered a godsend having deliverance from the mind numbing stagnancy which makes up Killing Saw, but these keyboards still somehow manage to sound like overkill. First of all, they are frequent enough to be noted, yet infrequent enough to come across as unnecessary and totally irrelevant. To top things off, they basically smother everything in the mix. Having keyboards pop in for a visit every now and then is fine, but unless they're a standard part of your repertoire, they should be used with more subtlety than we see here.

If you want a good idea of how boring this album, just take notice that I spent the majority of this review discussing a few misplaced keyboard segments, that should give you a good idea of how little there is of worthy note on Killing Saw...Aside from the completely misleading album title.


Written on 10.07.2012 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.

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