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Review: Whipstriker - Merciless Artillery
Merciless Artillery

Label: Hells Headbangers Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 30:05
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy/Thrash

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: February 25, 2018
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Merciless Artillery

Rated 3.58/5 (71.67%) (12 Votes)

This Brazilian outfit is a bit hard to describe since they mix a lot of genres, but at least they do it well. They have an impressive (insane?) number of split albums that rivals that of some black metal bands.

The first band that comes to mind is 80s Venom, but more polished and often faster. They also have a bit of a black 'n' roll vibe here and there that adds a lot to the catchiness of the album. Throw in some raw, dirty thrash and you get a diverse, entertaining slab of metal right here. The vocals are more than fitting, the vocalist having a Venom-ish raspy style that blends really well. They also know when to throw in a bit of melody without compromising the aggressiveness of the songs. It's not particularly original since their influences are shared by so many bands these days, but they're up there in the execution. Closer "Bestial Hurricane" is my low point here, and it's entirely subjective, but for me it ends the album on a tiring, sour note that brings me down every time. Your mileage may vary. Either way, this is a good album in the genre.

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