With Mercy & Misery the German thrashers present their 2nd album. The Very End's debut album Vs. Life was released via Dockyard 1, unfortunately the label went bankrupt. They did the album on their own and hired Waldemar Sorychta for the production, then looked for a deal. Now The Very End have to re-start with SPV and their new album Mercy & Misery.
Slowly and very atmospheric they open up with Memento, an instrumental. The intro starts slowly, but they get heavier before they head into Ball And Chain. The first song is based on a heavy groove, offers speed changes and varying vocals. Björn Goossen's vocals swing between powerful clean vocals and aggressive shouts. In the mid-section of the songs they slow down, it gets doomy. Great guitar work by Rene Bogdanski and Volker Rummel. With The Leper they present a catchy tune which offers a memorable guitar melody and a sing along refrain. When they storm off for Rat Nation you expect a straight forward thrasher, then you get surprised by an acoustic guitar passage which is simply enchanting. Actually the fivesome will surprise you again and again, so is Dead Is The New Alive showing elements of traditional metal spiced up with some heavy thrash riffs and an interesting drum patters. Time for Letters To The Living! First some doomy riffs, then a thrashy passage before they head into a highly infectious chorus. For All Things Undone is another catchy tune with power, fat riffs and an aggressive edge. The following Vultures is fast and full of aggression - a real neckbreaker!
With Immigrant Song they cover Led Zeppelin, a song which has been covered countless times. The Very End try to keep the atmosphere of the original, but turn it into a metal tune. With Blacklisted the regular CD ends, it's another powerful metal track with great guitar play, some aggressive shouts and memorable guitar lines. A great way to end the album.
The limited first edition digipak has a bonus track - Michael Sembello's Maniac. Most will know the track from the movie Flashdance, but The Very End metalized it. Now the pop tune is an almost danceable metal track which is pure fun.
The Very End deliver a strong album with varying tracks, the album should please every open-minded metal fan! No matter if power metal, thrash, groove or melodic death metal is your favorite genre, if you like metal, give Mercy & Misery a try! This is not the end, this is the new beginning of The Very End!