Our North of the border metal brethren have been quietly stockpiling some serious extreme metal talent up there in Canada (Augury, Divinity, Titans Eve), and Vancouver’s Without Mercy is the latest to catch our ears. This quartet manages to create a cacophonous wall of brutality that is as wicked as it is menacing. The band combines the lethal prowess of shredmaster DJ Temple, bassist Dallas Lacey and skin crusher Matt Helie, all fronted by the caustic and snarling growls of Alxs Ness.
With half the band deeply into thrash and the other pair fans of the death metal genre, it’s not surprising they have welded together a pulverizing blend of the two. In so doing they have managed to create a signature style of their own that the band lays down in a punishing fashion, worthy of of their name.
Without Mercy first threw down the gauntlet with their 2007 EP All Else Fails, which opened a lot of eyes…and ears. They followed this up with their full length self-released, self-titled debut, in 2009. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Vancouver’s Factory Studios (Devin Townsend, Mudvayne, Marilyn Manson). The album further pushed the envelope for the band’s sound, taking them to the next stage in their evolution.
Offers guitarist Temple of the record: “As the culmination of over a year of writing, preparing and planning, we feel that this album represents Without Mercy in its truest form.” Adds vocalist Ness, “This is the first time we’ve really been able to articulate musically and lyrically the ideas we’ve been developing since the band’s inception.”
You can listen to the single “Chasm”, which is available for free download at this following location.
For those to whom such a distinction might be important, if the photo hasn’t already given it away, Alxs Ness happens to be female. Not that one would initially guess this from listening to her bellowing screams and penetrating growls. Think Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy) meets Alexis Brown (Straight Line Stitch). Ness continues to expand her vocal techniques and has promised more vocal diversity on the band’s next album. Until then though there will be touring, and lots of it.
Without Mercy has already shared the stage with Norwegian black metal legends Satyricon, bay Area thrash legends, Death Angel, and the likes of Augury, Aborted, System Divide and Divinity. Expect to hear a lot more from Without Mercy in the very near future as the band gets set to make some key appearances and take Canada by storm with a cross-country tour.
Without Mercy has announced they will be performing at the 2nd Annual Hell Mend Ya Festival in Prince George on Canada Day, July1st, along with confirmed dates at Armstrong Open Air in Armstrong, BC and at this year’s Metal Mountain in Hinton, AB.
“As a band it’s always astounding to get the chance to play any kind of festival. The opportunity to share your material with a large audience or to even be a part of a wicked cause is nothing short of humbling. This year we have the honor of being invited back to play a festival that has a cause, which is really important to us and we even get the chance to play two of the biggest festivals around this summer! All in all it’s a very rewarding and humbling experience.” — guitarist, DJ Temple.
In addition to Without Mercy’s festival dates the band will be kicking off their Western Canadian tour in mid-summer with confirmed dates to be announced soon.
For more info please visit: www.withoutmercyband.com
July 1, 2011 – 2nd Annual Hell Mend Ya Festival – Prince George, BC
July 23, 2011 – Armstrong Open Air Fest – Armstrong, BC
August 13, 2011 – Metal Mountain Festival – Hinton, AB