Very End - Mercy & Misery (2011)
album "Mercy & Misery" is the 2nd album of the German band The Very End and was
produced and financed on their own. After the recordings everything was just
turning around in the band and the drummer and founding member Lars Janosch left
the band. Daniel Zeman joined as new drummer. The CD contains 13 songs, but two
of them, "Immigrant Song" and "Maniac",are cover songs.
The music is very complex, so it isn´t easy to find a genre for it. But this
isn´t as bad as it seems at the first time. At all this CD has a very dark
character and contains elements of Heavy-, Thrash, Melodic Death Metal but in my
opinion also Hard Rock. The songs are full of great, fast and hard guitar riffs
and a good drumplaying which seems sometimes a little bit unbalanced. But
my favorites are the clean guitars which make everything a little bit convenient,
for example the song "Rat Nation". This parts are very rare but real highlights
also like the melodic guitar solo and epic chords which bring some variation
into the sound. This all also stands for the real good performance of mixing and
mastering. The singer changes often between rough singing and growling what is
variation of the influences. Anyway he is fitting his vocals to the lyrics.
According to the name of this album you may think it is a concept album that is
not following a storyline. All lyrics are full of death, lies, sicknesses and
sorrows and over and over coherent. Referring to the dark mood of the music the
black/ white/ grey colors of the the artwork which is an open coffin is damn
great and i like it very much.
the booklet is a weakness of this album.The pleated sheet contains the lyrics
which are good readable and the chorus is in a different color than the rest.
But the blockprint, which separates, makes it a little bit confused.
Furthermore the booklet contains a bandfoto without description.It is possible
that it takes some time till you like it, but you will realize the music is
So in my opinion you can get addicted to the music and the booklet is the only
weakness of the album.
A normal booklet would be better. But at all if you like varying metal which is
not easy to categorize,
BUY THIS ALBUM!!!
* Up to 2010 Lars Janosch was the master of the drums
sound quality: 10/10