1987 years ago, the bastard son died at 33. On the seventh day of the seventh month, 33 years after its inception in 1987, MERCYLESS will spit its seventh ravenous blasphemy in the face of Christ, opening the seventh gate to Hell, spreading “The Mother of All Plagues” upon mankind!
Definitely the darkest MERCYLESS release so far, the new full-length is, style-wise, somewhere between 1992’s “Abject Offerings” and 2013’s “Unholy Black Splendor” and, while 2016’s “Pathetic Divinity” had somekind of a more Euro-Death vibe to it, “The Mother of All Plagues” has a somehow early ’90s “US Unholy Death” feel that, combined with the trademark MERCYLESS riffing and songwriting, will not only delight their fans, but the genre lovers as a whole!
Featuring eleven anthems of malevolent anti-Christian Death Metal, produced at VAMACARA studio (OTARGOS…) and with impious artwork by Néstor ÁVALOS (BLOODBATH…), “The Mother of All Plagues” will be released on July 7, 2020 via XENOKORP on a variety of CD and Vinyl versions (detailed below) among which “Sovereign Evil” special versions with a bonus CD / LP. Preorders will start May 25. Meanwhile, a first single will be released on April 3rd on all platforms.
Bow to the Rival of the Nazarene!
- 33 copies “Die Hard” collector edition including:
- “The Mother of All Plagues (Sovereign Evil)” double clear vinyl in gatefold sleeve with 4 bonus tracks
- Autographed test press copies of the two vinyls
- “The Mother of All Plagues (Sovereign Evil)” double DigiPak CD with 4 bonus tracks
- “Rival of the Nazarene” exclusive T-shirt
- “The Mother of All Plagues” T-shirt
- “The Mother of All Plagues” slipmate, sticker, etc.
- All housed in an exclusive “The Mother of All Plagues” screenprinted tote bag
- 67 copies collector edition “The Mother of All Plagues (Sovereign Evil)” double clear vinyl in gatefold sleeve with 4 bonues tracks
- 150 copies limited edition “The Mother of All Plagues (Sovereign Evil)” double colored vinyl in gatefold sleeve with 4 bonus tracks
- 250 copies limited edition black vinyl in gatefold sleeve
- 467 copies collector edition “The Mother of All Plagues (Sovereign Evil)” double DigiPak CD with 4 bonus tracks
- 1000 copies limited edition DigiPak CD
All “Sovereign Evil” versions are exclusive to the artist and label.
“The Mother of All Plagues”
- Rival of the Nazarene
- Banished from Heaven
- Bring Me His Head
- Laqueum Diaboli
- Descending to Conquer
- Inherit the Kingdom of Horus
- The Mother of All Plagues
- All Souls Are Mine
- Litany of Supplication
- Total Running Time: 35:00
- Mixed and mastered at VAMACARA studio.
- Guest solo on “Laqueum Diaboli” by Stéphane VIARD (former MERCYLESS guitarist)
- Guest solo on “The Mother of All Plagues” by Florent SANTINA (ABYSSAL ASCENDANT)
- Guet solos on “All Souls Are Mine” by Michel DUMAS (AGRESSOR) and Anthony DERYCKE (CATACOMB)
“Sovereign Evil” Bonus CD / LP
- The Third of the Storms [HELLHAMMER cover]
- In League with Satan [VENOM cover]
- The Exorcist [POSSESSED cover]
- Go to Hell (MOTÖRHEAD cover]
- Total Running Time: 14:25
- Mixed at PSYKRON studio. Mastered at VAMACARA studio.
- All guitars on “Go to Hell” by Stéphane VIARD (former MERCYLESS guitarist)
- Max OTERO – Guitars & Vocals
- Gautier MERKLEN – Guitars
- Yann TLIGUI – Bass
- Laurent MICHALAK – Drums