Lords Of Mercy – Lords of Mercy
Release Date: December 2013
I was rear ended a few weeks back. Stop! Before your nasty thoughts wander in an unsavory direction. It was on the freeway and I was in a car. Anyway, I have to go purchase a new car tomorrow and I like dealing with car salesmen as much as I like getting rear ended ( feel free to pick either definition of that one). You see whenever I lose a car to old age or some sort of impromptu destruction derby: First I cry. Then I reminisce fondly over all the cars I have loved in my life; a blue 57 Chevy, a red Pontiac Grand Prix with a T-top, a Mach 1, and so on…
Well, I gotta tell you Lords of Mercy make me feel just like all those cars did. Wonderful and like I want to go find a ‘64 Vette and make out in it. Heck, I would even settle for a 1978 Datsun. Why not? The point being I really like this band and the music they provide brings me to that place of my horny, smoke-filled, beer smelling youth. Yes, this album came out almost a year ago, but I just got my hands on it, so deal!
Do Lords of Mercy come from a galaxy far, far away? No? But they might as well be as I am a native Californian and had never heard of a place called Old Bridge, New Jeresy. Now that I have I will never forget it. The band consists of vocalist Brandon Sweeny, guitarist Danny “The Farrow” Anniello, bassist Joe Stabile and drummer Pete Perrina.
The band’s eponymous debut is filled with that hard-driving, pulse pounding heavy metal of yesterdays gone by. These guys know there is only one way to rock– straight up with a twist of attitude. To start things off listen to, “Your Time Is Gonna Come”. This song is like a being in a bar fight with a stripper, which I have had the pleasure of actually witnessing and believe me it may not be pretty but your money is well spent.
As much as I really don’t like to compare one bands sound to another I find it needed on some occasions and in this instance I hope it is a bit of a compliment. For some reason their tune: “Key to the System” reminded me of Judas Priest’s “Hell Bent For Leather”. Even though it really doesn’t resemble it at all. But there it is, in all its ballsy and refreshing glory. The lyrics mesmerized me as it could be my life anthem. Hey, I have tried to live a clean life, off and on through the years but my soul is much like an old couch, you never really know what is actually under the cushions. Could be money could be a 15-year-old pile of broccoli someone tried to hide. They hide nothing here. Its well on its way to being one of those songs I could possibly wear out listening to. The steady melding of guitar and vocals are impressive.
And come on baby break out that Bic lighter as you listen to “Left Me to Die”. Ballads never get old for me and these dudes can bring it with the best of them. It is truly a beautiful thing when it is done correctly. (When done incorrectly it is akin to having nails run down a chalkboard). Luckily these guys know what they are doing and it’s a pleasurable experience. Starting out with simple and effective gentle guitar strumming accompanying the vocals until around 1 minute 25 seconds in when a strong seamless drum enters the picture. Adding just the right pressure to the mix.
Overall, Lords of Mercy taps into that garage band ethos that Motorhead so aptly cultivated, only Lords of Mercy dipped it in East Coast swagger and classic rock attitude. So I am telling you I give their music a righteous 8 out of 10 Camaro’s and maybe even half a Mustang thrown in for good measure… Entity says check it out….