Mercury Falling – Into The Void
You can spend most of your days prowling the caverns of the internet for obscure talented bands and chances are you still won’t have encountered them all. So when by coincidence Mercury Falling’s Into The Void landed in my mailbox, I had to admit never having heard of them. The result is a genuinely pleasant surprise, the kind of which I really do this reviewing thing for and albums like Into The Void make it all worthwhile. Cue an emotional violin.
Mercury Falling hails from Germany and is supported by two big names from its power metal scene. Jens Ludwig (Edguy) co-produced the record with the band and Piet Sielck (Iron Savior, ex-Savage Circus) mixed it, in addition to respective guitar solo and vocal guest spots for both. Yet Mercury Falling shares just as much DNA with Teutonic heavy/power metal titans like Brainstorm and Sinbreed as it does with the German melodic progressive metal scene including Lanfear, Ra’s Dawn, and Vanden Plas. Their music is hard-edged, raw, and mean, yet carefully constructed and melodically diverse.
With no ballads, (a refreshing choice) Into The Void cracks from start to finish, with the title track bursting in at full speed and never letting go of its grip. It is remarkable how consistent the album is, even though the style rarely varies. Every now and then we get a more prominent keyboard-element, such as on “In Dark Waters” or a more straightforward rocking approach in “Queen Of Pain”. I even got melodic heavy metal vibes with “When Worlds Collide”, with its high soaring refrain and melancholic edge. Despite singer Michael Pabst’s raspy vocals, the melodies shine and you’ll find yourself singing along to almost every song in no time. Boasting an impressive running time of 53 minutes, the album nevertheless never gets boring and is a stupendous joy to repeat over and over again.
Standing out as the most pleasant surprise of 2012 so far, Mercury Falling has crafted a progressive power metal release of noteworthy solidity and skill, strongly rooted in the national scene and expanding upon it with creativity and balance. With two albums already under their belt, it will become a prime obsession of mine to seek those out. In the meantime, Into The Void will surely fill that, well, void. I’d urge any fan of any band or genre I mentioned above to seek this out, I promise you won’t regret it.
Arno’s Rating: 4.0 out of 5