Brutal. Groovetastic. Exciting. Melodic. All accurate words to describe the new release from Austrian industrial / metal outfit Marrok, titled Days of Mercury. Showing inspiration from such American metal acts as Slipknot and Dream Theater, this album is proof positive that the group are a musical force to be reckoned with. That is, for the modern metal fan who prefers a heavy dose of melody shrouded over a pounding groove rounded out by electronic elements that serve to accent but never overpower the overall metallic feel.
Despite hailing from the predominantly German-speaking nation of Austria, Marrok’s songs are completely in English. Looking at the band’s listed influences and language choice, it seems apparent that the foursome seeks to pursue a path of relevance here in the states. A similar path was forged by bands like the Scorpions and Judas Priest, although both bands found success several decades ago. Will Marrok find success in a similar way? Only time will tell, but if this band fails to really strike a nerve here in the U.S. it won’t be for anything that the music lacks. Days of Mercury is a front-to-back must-listen album for fans of modernized hard rock / metal.
Much of the album’s brutality is accented by the slow spots in the setlist, like the beginning of the first song “Revolution of Heroes” or the ballad “Eleven”. The melodic vocals tie the grit of the guitars combined with the digital effects and driving drum beats. Interestingly enough, despite the fact that the band seems to have some anti-religious tendencies, this album strikes some parallels in sound with Christian rock group Red‘s 2011 album Until We Have Faces.
Overall, Marrok’s new album is definitely worth a listen, and the band wants to make sure that everyone has a chance to check them out by offering their song “The Beginning of the End” for a free download available from their website! Check the link below to get your copy of the song, and if you like it, buy a copy of the album and support rock and metal!
Gene’s Favorite Tracks from “Days of Mercury”
1. Revolution of Heroes
3. The Beginning of the End
For fans of Red, Rammstein, and Slipknot