Origin: France
Genres: Death Metal

Mercyless  


By several accounts, Mercyless was a decent if typical death metal band in the early nineties, as heard on their first two releases Abject Offerings* and *Coloured Funeral. The album reviewed here, though, is their third effort, 1996's Cold, and what we have here is clearly a band in transition. Band leader Max Otero still sings in the death style, but that and the occasional guitar riff are really the only components of death metal here. Instead, the band opts for mid-paced, harsh riffing, augmented by some spacey/electronic keyboard effects. The result is a fairly original and interesting album, though it may not appeal to fans of the more traditional death metal fare that these guys used to play. Kudos to the band for playing what they want, since Cold clearly isn't directed at any clear market, yet it could appeal to metal fans of several genres if given the chance. The reports on their last album, Sure To Be Pure, is that they've strayed still further from their early roots. Their current status is unknown.

Current Members

Max Otero

vocals/guitars

Stephane Viard

guitars

Matthieu Merklen

bass

Laurent Michalak

drums

Former Members/Guests

Rade Radojcic

bass

Pierre Lopez

bass

Boris Mandavis

bass

Tom Smith

keyboards

Gerald Guenzi

drums

David Kempf

drums

Tintin

drums


Discography



Abject Offerings 
1992 Vinyl Solution
  1. Nyarlathotep (Intro)
  2. Abject offerings
  3. A message for all those who died
  4. Substance of purity
  5. Flesh divine
  6. Whithout christ
  7. Unformed tumours
  8. Burned at the stake
  9. Selected resurrection
  • Max Otero
  • Stephane Viard
  • Rade Radojcic
  • Gerald Guenzi




Coloured Funeral 
1993 Century Media
  1. Spiral of flowers
  2. Mirrors of melancholy
  3. Travel through a strange emotion
  4. Forgotten fragments
  5. Contemplations
  6. Agrazabeth
  7. Serenades...(into your limbs)
  8. Naked forms
  9. Beyond god
  • Max Otero
  • Stephane Viard
  • Rade Radojcic
  • Gerald Guenzi




Cold 
1996 System Shock
  1. Abortive attempt
  2. If the live in ecstasy
  3. Fluids
  4. Dorian
  5. Neutral
  6. A nice day to survive
  7. Ap4np
  8. Personality on relief
  9. Servant
  10. Still life
  • Max Otero
  • Stephane Viard
  • Pierre Lopez
  • Tom Smith
  • David Kempf




Sure To Be Pure 
2000 System Shock
  1. Sure to be pure
  2. La boca amarga
  3. Access to silence
  4. Don`t want to see
  5. Simulation inerta
  6. Obedience
  7. A pleasant moment whit a vermin
  8. Jail of flesh
  • Max Otero
  • Stephane Viard
  • Pierre Lopez
  • Tom Smith
  • Tintin




In Memory Of Agrazabeth  COMPILATION
2011




Visions From The Past 1989 - Official Bootleg  LIVE
2012
  1. At The Coming Of Dawn (intro)
  2. I Vomit This World
  3. Unholy Black Splendor
  4. God Is Dreaming
  5. Goat Of Mendes
  6. Infamy
  7. Probably Impure
  8. Absent Belief
  9. Bless Me Father
  • Max Otero
  • Stephane Viard
  • Boris Mandavis
  • Gerald Guenzi




Unholy Black Splendor 
2013
  1. Perfect Mind
  2. Psychiatric Internment (No Theory) / Visions from the Past
  3. Paralysis / Another Desolation
  4. Unholy Chapters
  5. Black Magic
  6. Sudden Death
  7. Ta Gueule
  • Max Otero
  • Stephane Viard
  • Matthieu Merklen
  • Laurent Michalak


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