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THE VERY END
MERCY AND MISERY
SPV

German metal quintet The Very End derives a hybrid modern metal sound from a multitude of influences on their latest 13-track endeavor MERCY AND MISERY. Showcasing a knack for composing compelling melodic Euro-style metal a la The Haunted or Soilwork (“Dead is the New Alive”, “Vultures”) as well as the ability to unleash rough and tumble riffs you’d expect from Trivium or Volbeat (“The Leper”, “For All Things Undone”), this act supplies a well-versed heavy attack firmly entrenched in what’s current in the metal realm. While the band’s renditions of Michael Sembello’s “Maniac” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” should be approached with extreme caution and treated as guilty pleasured novelties, The Very End overall produce a palatable batch of memorably melodic heaviness that falls squarely in line with the present day metallic landscape.
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