Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
KILLER TECHNICAL DEATH METAL!!!!
Death Metal90 | 12/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"France's Mercyless have to be THE most underrated Deathmetal band ever. I picked up this album "Abject Offerings" back in 1995 and it has become one of my all-time favorties. Mercyless play old school Deathmetal for fans of Death, Possessed, Pestilence, Gorguts and Disincarnate. This band has two guitarists who are incredibly talented and create some of the best highly technical riffs I've ever heard. The 3rd song "Message for all Those who Died" opens with a shredding two-handed tapping guitar riff which would appeal to fans of newer Cannibal Corpse and Sweden's Deranged. The title track "Abject Offerings" has a grinding section in the middle of the song with a skull smashing twin guitar harmony. Every song on this CD is incredible. The drumming is very solid as is the entire production, Loud and clear with good quality sound for all 4 instruments. The song writing is very memorable with great Jeff Beccera-like vokills. This band has been so ignored for the past 10 years that I just had to write a review because it really bothers me that nobody appreciates this totally killer album. If you are a fan of the bands mentioned above, buy "Abject Offerings" NOW! This album totally crushes and is a perfect example of flawless well composed technical Deathmetal. Mercyless RULE!!!!
BUY IT NOW!!!!!!"
Awesome, way underrated Euro death metal
Tom P. the Underground Navigator | Park Forest, IL USA | 02/10/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know why this one never got its fair shake. It is out of print and over 15 years old and still there are plentiful brand new copies available on Amazon for less than 12 dollars each. I bought one recently from there for slightly more, still sealed in its longbox (remember those?) -- unheard of. The situation is worsened by the fact that many a lesser out of print death metal album from the early '90s will sometimes command outrageous bloated prices on eBay. Abject Offerings should be that type of album, if there were any justice.
The band hail from France, not generally considered a hotbed for extreme music, but Mercyless are an exception and turn in an exceptional performance on this, their debut album. The music is catchy and the band has carved their own style among the influences of Death, Pestilence and Comecon, punctuated by their own moments of effective blasting. Vocalist Max Otero seems to take his primary influence from the late, great Chuck Shuldiner, along with a little John Tardy, and both of those crooners were inspired in part by Jeff Becerra, whom Otero has the class to credit as an influence in the album's liner notes. Every song is strong but if I had to name standouts they would be "A Message For All Those Who Died," "Substance Of Purity," and "Unformed Tumours."
All in all, if you are a fan of vintage early '90s death metal, do yourself a favor and pick up Abject Offerings, and you likely won't have to spend exorbitant amounts of money to obtain a copy either."