Music Reviews

Artist: THE MERCY CAGE (@)
Title: Scree: Transmissions
Format: CD
Label: DSBP (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Before some etlitic people start complaining that this release isn’t really new, lets mention that New Zealand’s finest act now is a member of the Australian Crash Frequency collective. Indeed – this is a required and welcomed addition, this also explains, why I received this release to my surprise directly from the band. The display of my Discman shows me 23 tracks and more than 70 minutes playing time – damnit, that’s a lot of stuff to discover here. THE MERCY CAGE also do themselves the best to a offer a varied acoustic experience and provide a wide diversity of different music styles. Influences are pending between Electro/Industrial, Synth-/Futurepop, Gothic/Wave up to classic Coldwave Industrial following some famous US patterns. Globally they remind me on some decades of the US act SPAHN RANCH. It seems a bit that they try to represent with their diversity also the different flavors and cultural influences of their home-country. Favorites are hard to named, because this depends on your personal taste. For me "Reduce.Distill.Purify.Teach" really hits the target, maybe the track with a constant huge Electro/Industrial influence. There’s still the unsolved secret, why this release got not released by BLC Productions as intended, but I don’t wanna go on to spread some salt into open wounds. A nice full-length release available and presented by the DSBP, give it a try. We’re gonna wait for new stuff, by the way...

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