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Trial – Scream for Mercy EP

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Last Updated on 17:37 by Giorgos Tsekas

I Swear to Say the Truth and Nothing but the Truth so…
Scream For Mercy

If  we want to be honest Trial should be a name that had to ring a bell to all of you that consider yourselves as aficionados of 80’s underground scene and as we open our hearts I would bet my money on the fact that the reissue of this 7 track EP would probably come from Portuguese label Lost Realm Records, that has cut so many forgotten jewels of Metal coming from this small country in the heart of Europe, Belgium, still Cult Metal Classics, which also specialize on reissuing forgotten gems from the underground, delivered a brilliant and well cared release of this 1985’s excellent piece of Heavy Speed metal.

The band formed in 1982, out of the ashes of a punk group under the moniker Metalbreaker and was signed by Whiplash Records, but then split up soon after. To make things even worst the record label went bankrupt and left the band with a hesitant future and actually with no contract. After this release two of their members, Metal Gunny (bass) and Marc Vereecken (drums) teamed up with some ex-members of the band Explorer and formed the crossover thrash band Dead Serious.

But let’s get back to their one and only less than 25 minutes long effort. After a strange atmospheric intro entitled Victims of this Earth that leads  to an enormous hymn of European Speed with lyrics that were so popular in its time about evil rock n roll and Satan stuff Lord of Darkness that I can imagine Enforcer making a great cover or re-recording so easily, unusually there’s an unexpected twist on the album tempo and we hear a brilliant blues scale riff meets metal mid tempo in the veins of Accept and its thick bass lines and drums beat that the song is based on, yet its Sabbathian nature of the song Master of the Valley can’t been hidden from the raising fisting rhythm of it. The A’ side closes with a ballad or something, named Lost in Love. which is melodic and very interesting reminding how purgative and offering redeeming was listening to a ballad in your room with all lights off sitting in the dark back in the days…Then there’s the title track that is an up-tempo hymn typical example of the genre on one hand, but with a melodic with strong Judas Priest influences, that its followed by the storming “Don’t Say Goodbye”, which is neck breaker with classic fast guitars and drumming and rhythmic beat just before the epic closer of  “Heavy Rock In Town”. All songs are crafted as if the band had in mind to perform them live and that gives them vivid evidence and an extra boost on the compositions.

There’s an Exciter feeling, some Stormwitch-like riffing and a plethora of N.W.O.B.H.M. elements, and their full of variety sound sometimes will bring you in mind Attacker, obscure Dutch heroes Riptide or also Belgian Breathless. We have to mention also the punk influence and the aggression these guys had that remind me of bands like English Dogs or G.I.S.M. with the Motörhead-esque inspired crossover approaching.

Scream for Mercy is definitely a great work, in its roughness and its simplicity, of pure straightforward Heavy/Speed Metal with punk attitude fuelled by youthful thirst for speed. 

Greek label Cult Metal Classics was brave and lucky enough and made an agreement to officially reissue all the band’s songs in a deluxe CD & vinyl reissue.

The 2022 edition comes with remastered sound, lyrics, band story, and several 80’s photos and of course the original tunes of the legendary “Scream for mercy” EP getting the sound treatment they always deserved!

 

Side A: 1. Victims Of This Earth 2. Lord Of Darkness 3. Master Of The Valley 4. Lost In Love 5. Scream For Mercy

Side B: 1. Don’t Say Goodbye2. Heavy Rock In Town 3. Intro / Sign Of Evil 4. Real Illusion 5. The End Of The World

Giorgos Tsekas
Giorgos Tsekas
"Κάποτε Όταν Θα ‘χουμε Καιρό... Θα Σκεφτούμε Πάνω Στις Ιδέες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Στοχαστών, Θα Θαυμάσουμε Τους Πίνακες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Ζωγράφων, Θα Γελάσουμε Με Όλους Τους Χωρατατζήδες, Θα Φλερτάρουμε Όλες Τις Γυναίκες, Θα Διδάξουμε Όλους Τους Ανθρώπους" Μπ. Μπρεχτ

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