Mercyless, one of the most respected death metal acts to ever emerge from France, who released two classic death metal albums (Abject Offerings (Vinyl Solution, 1992) and Coloured Funeral (Century Media, 1993)) that carved the band’s name deep into the annals of DM history and let them tour relentlessly across Europe with the likes of Death, Asphyx, Unleashed, Tiamat or more recently fellow French legends Loudblast, not to mention the countless shows with such legendary acts as Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Incantation, Samael or Massacra, is back with its sixth studio full-length, Pathetic Divinity.
The follow-up to 2013’s Unholy Black Splendor will mark the second step of a year-plus long series of celebrations for the band’s 30th anniversary, which commenced on June 3rd with the release of a free digital single titled Altered Divination. Produced by Philippe Reinhalter at Psykron Studio (Putrid Offal) and mastered by Frédéric Motte at Conkrete Studio (Anata remasters, Otargos, We All Die (laughing)…), Pathetic Divinity is a full-on, genuine and blasphemous death metal assault on everything deemed holy.
No-frills, uncompromising and crushing death metal played with guts and authenticity is what Mercyless continues to stand for and Pathetic Divinity is full of savage anthems against the one nailed to the cross, spewing forth the seminal old-school death metal feel of European / Swedish pioneers Grave, Dismember, Entombed, Unleashed, Carnage and Nihilist, yet sharing the unholy and bloodthirsty hate of fellow Christ-desecrators Incantation and Immolation. Mercyless proudly declare that Pathetic Divinity is their best, heaviest, and most brutal work to date, structurally close to their first two albums, but presenting a more modern and vital production work. It’s truly a death metal masterpiece that proves that these loyal veterans still have more than enough power, rage and ambition to keep the old-school death metal flag flying high!
Pathetic Divinity is released on October 7th.