Saturday, March 16, 2013
Review: Band Of Mercy - Conquest
You must hate yourself:
"Eat To Win" - Starting off the album with Metallica's "Trapped Under Ice"-style acoustic guitar is something I would expect roughly zero bands to do nowadays. But, when the intro leads in to Motorhead-riffs, there's nothing else I can think of that would be a better intro. This song is not only a kickass ode to their thrashing forefathers, but a new breath of stylistic Veganism. Hell, they even tell you what to eat. If I wasn't already vegan, this song would scare the shit out of me, with lyrics like, "Show them a vegan like they've never seen, primed to deliver one million ass beatings!" Also, they address the classic omnivore question, and answer accordingly, "Where do I get my protein? What, are you a fuckin' idiot?" 3 Minutes of fast, thrashing hardcore. Bang your head.
"Building A Culture" - This track follows suit with their Vegan Jihad, making sure that animal cruelty is a forefront issue in everyone's mind. Raising awareness for the most incredible cause over 2:18 of scathing guitars, neck-snapping snare, and the tightest, blast from the past solo that's been in a hardcore song since the 80s. "We've come to fucking conquer!"
"Feral Nights" - The opening riff is reminiscent of Minor Threat's "Look Back And Laugh" (one of my personal favorites of ever), and is quickly followed by evocative, bone-breakingly slow and crushingly powerful verses, that proclaim an incredibly sensual message through the use of first person narrative. I mean, I think it's sexual. It would be out of place, but... Yeah, it's gotta be sexual. Which I'm pretty much all about. Right on, Band of Mercy.
"No Breed Nation" - Wow. This song is the most heartbreaking and sobering song on the album--for me, personally, at least. This song tackles the issue of Spaying/Neutering your pets, and presents an all too realistic picture of abandoned/stray animals. On top of the lyrics, the riffs continue, never too fast, but just groovy and heavy enough to convey the message of the song. Honestly, this album's lyrics are so impacting that it's actually easy to forget that there's some of the greatest hardcore punk available right now playing over it.
"Hey Vegans!" - Kick ass bonus track! This song is personally affecting for me, being part of the vegan lifestyle. Without accidentally being cheesy as hell, I can say that the sounds of this track, as well as the sentiment, are incredibly kick ass, and refreshing for me to see. "They call us fags and terrorists, but let them say what they fucking want, 'cause they don't know who the fuck they're dealing with!"
Whether or not you live a vegan lifestyle, you should and will love this band, and pick up an album. These guys kicked this album's ass, and you better watch what you eat, or they'll kick your ass, too!