Wallace’s Top Ten Releases Of 2021

Wallace’s Top Ten Releases Of 2021
By Wallace Magri

Hi all, Beth here! We have one more top ten in store for you, and this time it’s from Wallace, who, alongside Victor, makes up our Brazilian team! Wallace is a joy to have on the team, and I’ve been inspired by his passion for music many times. So let’s see what his favourite releases are from this last year. Over to you Wallace…

Hi, you all. 2021 was my first-year writing for Ever Metal, and it is quite an honour for me, because I am from Brazil and I always wished to have the opportunity to talk to people from all around the world about my favourite musical style: Industrial Metal! I used to contribute to webzines from Brazil, but I had to write in Portuguese, so few people from abroad could keep in touch with my impressions about the albums I reviewed.

So, I asked my mate from Brazil, Victor Augusto, to talk to the guys from Ever Metal about giving me a chance to write an Industrial Metal review for the blog. That was how I debuted here, reviewing Terminal’s “Blacken the Skies” first album. As a matter of fact, that was supposed to be a one-time collaboration for Ever Metal but, suddenly, I was invited to join the team!!! It was a great gift for me, because it allowed me to get in touch with the folks from Team Ever Metal, and I was also able to help them by reviewing some of the hundreds of releases that get to us every month.

I wish I could have done more, but I did my best, and I listened to a lot of new music from underground bands, and I consider it was a great year for Metal music – as a fallout from the ongoing pandemic, bands took their time to get into the studio and share with us their emotions and creativity, through the fourth form of art: Music.

So, here it goes – my Top 10 albums list, based mainly on the releases that I reviewed in 2021, but it also has other bands’ releases that I wasn’t able to write about (just because time goes by so fast and I am such a lazy typer guy…). And, of course, I selected some albums from Brazilian’s bands that I think you should take a listen to.

Hope you enjoy it!

1. Eisbrecher – “Liebe Macht Monster”

This was a killer release! I really love Neue Deutsche Härte’s heavy guitar riffs and powerful chorus, mixed with the Dark-Electro/Gothic Rock vibe, whose elements are all over “Liebe Macht Monster”. 

I know that Eisbrecher are well known in Europe, but in Brazil metalheads use to ignore that musical style, since we are very conservative, as a rule, over the Heavy Metal genres that we consume here – Traditional/Power/Thrash/Death Metal, basically – which is a shame. 

After all, Metal Music can be delivered in many ways, even through electronic sonorities and gloomy sampled ambiences.  Why not give NDH a chance? So, in honour of my Brazilian friends, aiming for them to keep an open mind for electronic elements on Heavy Metal music, Eisbrecher is my Top release of 2021!

Liebe Macht Monster Album Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/eisbrecher

2. NYTT LAND – “Ritual”

As I told you before, since I became a regular reviewer for Ever Metal, I’ve taken the opportunity to explore musical styles that I don’t usually listen to. That was how I got in touch with Nytt Land’s “Ritual”, and it was a total surprise for me. I spent, literally, 5 weeks in a row listening to this album on repeat mode.

This isn’t a collection of habitual Folk Metal songs, that tend to sound a little bit too festive, and kind of cartoonishly exotic for foreigners’ tastes. Nytt Land took Folk Metal to the next level on “Ritual” and completely blew me away!

What we have on “Ritual” is an authentic shamanic ritual song collection, where the heaviness of the music arises from the traditional folk instruments such as flutes, tagelharpa, and horns, with a few inserts of samples taken from live sounds of Nature, as well as throat singing techniques. 

Heavy music right through the elements of Mother Earth. Bravo!

Ritual Album Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/nyttland

3. Mercic – “MERCIC_7_2021” / “MERCIC_8_2021” 

That one was reviewed by Beth Jones, and I loved the way she put in words what is heard on Mercic’s Industrial Metal double assault release, “MERCIC_7_2021” / “MERCIC_8_2021”! 

I have reviewed Mercic’s previous releases for a Brazilian blog around 2017 and 2020 and, eventually, I became friends with Carlos Maldito, the man behind Mercic, which made it possible for me to follow the creation of this Industrial double masterpiece.

What we have here are two albums that complement one another. On the album #7, Carlos highlights the heaviness of Industrial Metal programming samples and dystopic ambiences, that are the soundtrack for him to sing his Experimental Poetry, in Portuguese, regarding loss, anger and urging the listeners to free themselves from the shackles of our fake society’s values.

On the album #8, Carlos explores the different textures and ambiences provided by the electronic elements, along with acoustic guitars and piano in the mixture, where Industrial music dialogues with the Portuguese’s fado elements, showing us that electronic music isn’t always about dancing. If you enjoy Nine Inch Nail’s “Ghost V-VI” ambience, you certainly gonna like this one!

Mercic 7 8 Album Covers

https://www.facebook.com/MERCICmusic

4. Terminal – “Blacken The Skies”

That was the first album that I reviewed for Ever Metal, so, of course, it is very special for me. As everybody knows, in Brazil we speak Portuguese, so English isn’t my mother tongue, so it takes me a lot of effort to keep my mind focused on the syntactic structures of the English language, while my brain tries to find the right semantic terms to express my impression on the albums.

I must thank Ever Metal’s staff for the effort in the proof reading of my texts and I am pretty sure that, in a lot of ways, most of my reviews are the result of the collaboration of my struggle trying to write reviews in English with the kindness of Ever Metal’s staff to help me to reach that goal! Thank you, folks, it means a lot to me!

Regarding Terminal’s debut album, “Blacken the Skies”, as I wrote in the review: The music heard on ‘Blacken the Sky’, the debut album from Terminal, a Canadian studio project idealized by Tomas Mark Anthony – who is a producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist – is hugely influenced by the already mentioned New German Hardness. However, it is not common sense harsh Industrial that is delivered over the 12 songs on the album, since the Dark Electro stablished ambience dialogues with 70’s Glam Rock right in the first song, ‘Terror Ride’ – whatta instant hit it is, Marc Bolan would say, if he was sat right here by my side, while I write this review. He would find quite the same catchy chorus here that was heard on ‘Get It On’, but with a very distinct approach. And surely the T Rex leader would approve it right away.

I also would like to thank Mark Anthony, who inspired me with “Blacken The Skies” cool songs in my first ride on the UK’s album review fields!!!

Blacken The Skies Album Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/terminal.industrial

5. Dorsal Atlantica – “Pandemia”

Dorsal Atlantica was one of the very first Brazilian’s Heavy Metal bands, formed around 1979. They started as a Punk Rock band actually, but their sound became heavier and heavier in the 80’s, until they reached their own Extreme Metal formula, on the classical album “Antes do Fim” (1986).

The band’s leader, Carlos Lopes, is a total Left Wing guy and, as some of you might know, here in Brazil we elected a complete Right Wing Religious Lunatic as a President, called Jair Bolsonaro, who is as much of an asshole as Donald Trump use to be – with the only difference being that ‘our’ President speaks his stupid things in Portuguese!

So, on “Pandemia”, Carlos Lopes completely tramples on Brazil’s President and his supporters, creating a fable that tells the story of an empowered mule, followed by gorillas, who oppress the birds, who represents the innocent and poor people from Brazil. Musically, despite the Heavy Metal and Punk influences “Pandemia” is basically composed on typical Brazilian musical styles patterns – like forró and candomblé rhythm sections – and native musical instruments, such as a ‘guitarra baiana’.

“Pandemia” was a crowdfunding project, supported by more than 500 Metalheads from Brazil. Of course, I was one of them, that’s why I have a copy of it right here in my home, with my name written in the support acknowledgements – that is what authentic metalheads do, they support financially the local bands scene.

Anyway, if you want to purchase it, I think you can find “Pandemia” on a local store’s website, named Die Hard Records. (www.diehard.com.br)   

Pandemia Album Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/dorsalatlantica

6. Skold – “Dies Irae”

That was another album that I was very proud of reviewing for Ever Metal, because I’ve followed Tim Skold’s musical career since he formed Shotgun Messiah, back in the 80’s – a Hair Metal band that moved from Sweden to Los Angeles looking for success.

The funny thing about my connection with Skold’s music is that, just like him, somewhere in the 90’s I traded the Hair Metal band’s Hard Rock style and I also migrated to Industrial Metal. That transition is well represented on Shotgun Messiah’s last record, “Violent New Breed” (1993), one of the very first Industrial Metal albums to date.

Then, I followed Tim Skold through the KMFDM era and I was amazed when he joined one of my favourite artists, Marilyn Manson, for a couple of years, first playing bass and, afterwards, composing and playing guitar on Manson’s underrated album “Eat Me, Drink Me” album.

“Dies Irae” brings Tim Skold back to the Heavy Metal guitar riffs, to reinforce the gloomy Dark-Electro musical ambience, that was missing on his previous solo albums. ‘Dirty Horizon’, ‘Terrified’ and ‘This is the Way’ were always in my headphones, around 2021!

Dies Irae Album Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/skoldofficial

7. Dirty Glory – “Miss Behave”

Now that you already know that I am from Brazil and that I also love Hair Metal, I want to introduce you to a super cool Glam Metal band from Brazil named Dirty Glory, who kicks ass on “Miss Behave”, their second album, released in July.

Actually, I started to write a review for this album, but around July/August my life was a complete mess, so I couldn’t manage finishing it. It was a crazy year for all of us, so I did my best to keep my mind straight and tried not to push myself too hard on my many professional and hobbies activities…

Anyway, you should take a look at “Miss Behave”, because, aside from the great musical skills of the Dirty Glory members, what we have here isn’t only revival of the Hair Metal’s Golden Era. It felt to me like the band had picked it up from where the 80’s bands left it off, driving that musical style to new perspectives, as heard on ‘Faded Mirrors’, ‘The Maze’ and ‘Sacred Hearted’.

Unfortunately, Dirty Glory announced their split just a couple of days before I finished this review, which is very sad news to the Brazilian underground scene, and for anyone around the world who enjoy good songs, full of good energetic compositions and great execution.

I hope they reconsider their decision and get back together soon, to the benefit of us all!

Miss Behaving Album Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/dirtyglory

8. Ministry – “Moral Hygiene” 

As you may have noticed, my Top 10 Best of List shows some of the albums that I have reviewed for Ever Metal in 2021, and other ones released by underground bands, because it is our duty to support bands with little media exposure.

I think that Ministry is halfway between the mainstream media and underground. Once again, I haven’t reviewed that album for Ever Metal, because I was stuck with personal issues, and I also had lots of work to do in my regular job (in my spare time I am a bloody lawyer!!). 

But I did listen to “Moral Hygiene” a lot, like a hundred times, and I felt really amazed by how Al Jourgensen found himself able to compose and produce cool Industrial Metal music after getting himself rid of massive drug abuse. And “Moral Hygiene” is one of the best Ministry albums to date, where we find an (almost) sober Al revisiting his band’s legacy, featuring Jello Biafra, from the Dead Kennedys, on ‘Sabotage is Sex’ (Al and Jello used to play together in an Industrial Punk project named Lard, back in the 90’s), and we can also listen to some songs that connects to the “Twitch”-era (1986), such as ‘Death Roll’ and ‘Believe Me’.  

Of course, most of the album is based on traditional Industrial Metal, the musical style that Ministry created in the 80’s. So, Industrial Metalheads, you are summoned up to check out this one!!

Moral Hygiene Album Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/WeAreMinistry

 9. Nephila – “Nephila”

I am going to finish my Top 10 List with two bands whose musical styles are very different from what I used to listen to, but they caught my attention since the first time that I listened to their albums, thanks to their authenticity.

The first one is Nephila’s debut self-titled album, that I decided to pick up randomly from Ever Metal’s monthly releases’ list and I was quite surprised with their Space Rock musical journey. That was an amazing experience, and it allowed me to find one of the best albums of the year, out of my Industrial Metal comfort zone.

What a trip it was to review “Nephila”, as I wrote in the my impressions for the album: Highly recommended for those who are into listening to consciousness expansion music, with a lot of Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Iron Butterfly, Hawkwind and 70’s Prog Rock’s experimentations. Take it easy on the pink haze smoke and dry mushrooms made of rainbows, and just let the music fly you away to outer space.”

Nephila Album Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/swenephila

 10. Switchback – “Batendo de Frente” 

And, to finish my list, I must mention the second EP from Brazilian based band Switchback, “Batendo de Frente”, who play a feracious Crossover Metal varying from Thrash Metal riffs to Punk HC simple musical structures – influenced by the 90’s Hardcore bands from the New York scene, such as Madball and, mostly DRI.

I’ve had the privilege of following the band’s trajectory since their beginning, and I can testify about their efforts to make underground music without any financial or mainstream media support.  “Batendo de Frente” is basically an album that was not meant to exist, if it weren’t for the strength and resistance of musicians and supporters who believe in underground music.

You should take a listen to “Batendo de Frente” (available on Spotify), if you are into Crossover Metal: 4 songs, 10 minutes, that’s all they need to deliver their message, fulfilled with anger, and hate against the oligarchy that dominates the circles of political power in Brazil, enriching themselves with the misery of our people!

Fuck them and Their Law!!

Batendo De Frente EP Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/switchbackoficial

That’s all folks. Thanks to the readers who spent some time reading my reviews in 2021, and super thanks to everyone on Ever Metal’s crew who welcomed me with open arms. I want you to know that I love to read the reviews from the other Ever Metal members, who inspire me to push myself to write better texts to our readers every time I sit in front of my laptop with my headphone fuelled with Metal Music in my head!

See you in 2022!

Read Wallace’s original reviews here:

By Beth Jones

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Mercic – 7, 8

Mercic 7 & 8 Album Covers

Mercic – 7, 8
Self-Released
Release Date: 04/06/2021
Running Time: 30:59/34:14
Review by Beth Jones
8/10
8.5/10

Another Sunday is upon us. And it has to be said I’m feeling a little delicate this morning, after another great little virtual gathering of our little Ever Metal global family last night. So obviously, when you’re not quite sure if your head is on the right way round, the best thing to do is listen to some slightly proggy industrial electronica! Thankfully, Mercic, a project from Portugal, has popped up in my review list delivering just that!

Created in 2015, Mercic is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist, Carlos Maldito. The philosophy of Mercic is to move away from releasing singles and videos, instead choosing to only release studio albums and remix other bands. And to that end, albums “7” & “8” have just been released. Now, the eagle-eyed among you will notice that the album track numbers don’t start at 1. That’s because they all follow on from the original album. If you have a few hours spare, you might want to listen to them all back-to-back!

Musically, there are a lot of genres and influences in these two albums. Everything from full on dirty industrial metal, to flamenco acoustic guitar. The albums are mainly instrumental, but “7” does have some vocals, and spoken word, all in Carlos’ mother tongue, which is beautifully expressive, and works really well. It’s a very atmospheric sound, almost painting a picture of a futuristic industrial dystopia. It would be a great soundtrack for a dark film full of barren, tarred landscapes, and industrial factories.

The sampling and orchestration are another big plus of these two albums. I can get a bit annoyed by sampling sometimes if they’re not done right. But I don’t have a problem with this album.

Track 52, ‘Reage’ instantly grabbed me, as it reminds me a lot of another industrial favourite of mine, Jayce Lewis. It’s heavy and thumping, luscious with mechanical energy. And this sets the tone for the majority of “7”, with industrial noises appearing all over the place to compliment the music. It’s a bit of a mind fuck at times, because it’s steeped with cross rhythms and unexpected changes of mood or style in the middle of songs. It’s definitely a thinker’s album.

“8” is a slightly less mind melting affair, with more defined rhythms and refined style changes. And for that reason, I prefer it slightly to “7”. ‘The Determinant Rising’, the first track on “8” reminds me of 8-bit computer game music, which I bloody loved. It’s very atmospheric and would be the music leading up to an end level boss! But I think my favourite track on this album is ‘The Conqueror’ because it’s so different. Harsh metallic drums and low rumbling samples, but with Spanish Guitar played Flamenco style. It’s very clever.

It’s not often that I get stumped for what to say about an album. But these two albums are actually pretty hard to describe, because there’s such a mix of sounds, rhythms, and ideas going on. Now, usually, that would piss me off! But here it doesn’t. It just kinda works. It’s ambient and dystopic, and it tells a dark tale with sound. I’ve really enjoyed listening to this, not just for the actual music, but for the dark symbolism and mood it prompts in me. If you’re looking for something a little bit different to listen to, and like to explore dark ambience, then these two albums could be just what you’re looking for.

‘Reage’ (Audio) Taken From “7”.

‘The Determinant Rising’ (Audio) Taken From “8”.

TRACKLISTING:
7:
51. Batalha De Egos
52. Reage
53. Começa a Viver-te
54. Sê Audaz
55. Já Não Te Pertences
56. Se Pequeno For o Teu Pensamento Jamais Seras Grande em Algo
57. Foge & Liberta-Te
58. Há Sempre Um Vazio
59. Olha-Te Ao Espelho
60. Somos Erros

8:
61. The Determinant Rising
62. The Ruinous Damage
63. The Extermination Of What You Thought To Be
64. The Continuous Uncertainty
65. The Conqueror
66. The Most Perfect Nightmare
67. The Pain Builder
68. Nostalgia For The Past Nights
69. The Crown Belongs To Johnny (RIP)
70. The Last Ramble Of Dawn, Enough!

LINE-UP:

Carlos Maldito – Vocals, Keyboards, Samplers, Drums

Featuring

André Tavares, César Palma, Manuel Melo, Hugo Areias, Cláudio Silva, Luís Coelho, Jorge Caldeira, José Costa, Jó, Tiago Tokinha, Ricardo Gingado, Paulo Dimal, Cristiano Vieira.

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EMQ’s with MERCIC

Mercic Logo

EMQ’s with MERCIC

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Grândola, South of Portugal based Industrial Metal/Rock project, Mercic. Huge thanks to Carlos Maldito, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hello, I’m Carlos “Maldito”, I’m the musician behind the name MERCIC. This project was created in 2015 and brings together several musical genres always immersed in an industrial environment. It focuses on releasing long-lasting albums, has no promotional video clips or commercial radio singles.

How did you come up with your band name?

MERCIC is MERCIC!

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

MERCIC comes from the south of Portugal from a paradise by the sea called Grândola. The music scene in Portugal is small; the circuit has few spaces and is often reigned by the same ones as always. Rock is not dead but is dying, metal is always underground but has the faithful support of fans. The cult bands have been the same since the 80’s / 90’s and the new bands appearing are acclaimed and disappear shortly afterwards. Life runs too fast without the necessary calm to taste the art that is made from the heart.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

The most recent release was a double album, released on the 4th of June divided into “MERCIC_7” and “MERCIC_8” in collaboration with UNP music.

‘Batalha de Egos’ (Audio) from “MERCIC_7”.

‘The Crown Belongs To Johnny’ (Audio) from “MERCIC_8”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The biggest influences for me are several and of different styles but I will name the ones where I have their complete discography and I continue to buy all the new albums that come out; Sepultura, Gary Numan, Marilyn Manson, NIN, Orgy, Emika, Depeche Mode and Bizarra Locomotiva (the best Portuguese band for me).

What first got you into music?

Marilyn Manson with “Beautiful People”, I always liked drummer Ginger Fish and it was looking at his videos that I learned to play the drums.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Producer Ade Fenton and Trent Reznor.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

MERA LUNA in Germany because it is the one that best fits my musical taste.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

MERCIC has no fans, but friends who support my music and I feel very happy about it. The gifts I received were always beers and good wine.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

I reiterate that there are no MERCIC fans. But a message; be more basic and live life instead of hiding behind the opinions of others or shitty fashions that often have nothing to do with you and just follow them because others follow. Be true to yourself there is nothing more pure than that.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

David Bowie.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love being able to express my deepest thoughts through music and I love it when there are people who feel embraced and involved in the MERCIC songs, making them theirs too. I hate the lack of critical awareness that musicians generally have. The small pubs that ask the musician to play for free and in return say that he should still thank the opportunity to promote himself and the public that takes out entire albums for free without giving a penny to the artist and without worrying about it.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Exactly what I mentioned in the previous answer.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Fragile“ by Nine Inch Nails.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Anything that allows people to listen to music and through this experience they can feel good.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

With MERCIC we only played once because the project was only for the studio and when we started playing live the pandemic arrived, so our first show is still our best show today.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Something related to music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Trent Reznor, James Hetfield, Dave Grohl, Andreas Kisser and Eddie Vedder.

What’s next for the band?

Launch the new album and play live if possible.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.open.spotify.com/artist/4FVgsPzqO3p2gspmkhxakf
www.facebook.com/groups/1012004925676903/
www.facebook.com/MERCICmusic
www.instagram.com/mercic_official/
www.store.undergroundnproud.com/category/mercic
www.youtube.com/channel/UCx74JJAezgGY8xyEaBZWyXg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea. I do not care.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Many thanks to Wallace for his support.

Mercic Promo Pic

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