MERKED: Murk Mob: CD

Jan 27, 2023

This is a pleasant album of classic crossover with heavy-low growl vocals, great tuned-down chugga, excellent fast breaks, and a blast here and there in play to keep you honest. If you’re into it, this trio from Oakland are heavy without being contrived and have created a gut punch of an album, authentic right down to the cartoon album cover you have to look at for a while to fully appreciate. The album is recorded well. The third song “Crime and Consequence” really won me over with its concisely evil riffage. “Mangled Earth” and “Ongoing” are among the under-thirty-second blasts that blend into each other nicely. This album has a classic feel without the high price tag of an expensive metal reissue. –Billups Allen (getmerked.bandcamp.com)

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