Mercyless are a band from France that plays a mixture of death and thrash metal and this is a review of their 1992 album "Abject offerings" which was re-issued in 2014 by Great Dane Records.
A very dark and haunting synth intro starts off the album along with some melodic riffing a few seconds later which leads up to a very fast and raw death/thrash metal direction that also uses growling vocals and blast beats along with a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts which also bring in an early technical death metal sound at times.
When solos and leads are utilized they are very dark and melodic sounding and also bring in a Florida style death metal influence and at times the band brings in an atmosphere that was rarely heard back in those days and one of the later tracks also brings in a brief use of demonic sounding laughter and most of the songs bring in a sound that was considered for that time while also having a great amount of talent and skill being utilized in all of the tracks and on the alst song a brief use of classical guitars are brought in..
Mercyless where very underrated for their time while they played a very raw and aggressive style of death metal they where ignored by a lot of people for not being the typical death metal band and you can also hear some technical playing and thrash influences in their musical sound, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover horror, anti christian and religion themes.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding from Mercyless and if you are interested in hearing some of the lesser known death/thrash metal bands of the early 90's, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Message For All Those Who Died" "Without Christ" and "Burned At the Stake". 8 out of 10.