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The Innocent, The Forsaken, The Guilty - Lars Bjørn - 5 stars

The Innocent, The Forsaken, The Guilty

The Innocent, The Forsaken, The Guilty
(Shadow Kingdom Records - 2013)

Once in 1983 and 1985 there were two EPs made from the hands of guitarist, songwriter Tommy Mezmercardo and they were released under the name of The Mezmerist. To make a path going back to those days the material has now been collected and reproduced into a new CD that is simply called The Innocent, The Forsaken, The Guilty.

With help from various guest musicians, among them Bill Ward from Black Sabbath, the demonic inspired metal rock came from Mezmercardo in a strange and sometimes performed like they were totally lost to the influence of acid. On this album there are 7 songs that travels widely around the perimeter of metal rock. The Forsaken is a round of demonic metal that has some inspiration from Mercyful Fate in the blood. Kingdom Of The Dead brings a good up-tempo hard metal experience. Victim Of Environmental Change has a good hint to the sound that Judas Priest had as a trademark in their early career. Another song worth mentioning is No Family, No Friends because it catches the epic way Alice Cooper could create a song, and The Mezmerist is trying something in the same style. It ends with the afternoon in the rehearsal studio and The Jam Song gets the last makeover to be ready, a good attacking rhythm but not the greatest idea in the song.

What the idea is to bring new life to a 30 year old history from 2 EPs is really beyond me, but to collectors it could have some value.

5 stars

Lars Bjørn


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