“Washington quartet Mercy Brown’s debut, self-titled LP is flat-out beastly.” – A Metal State Of Mind
“If Mercy Brown were to become a well known name and play the summer festivals around the world, it wouldn’t really surprise me.” – Inside The Coffin
Mercy Brown are a band full of deception; a name that evokes images of 70s funk actually reveals an extreme metal band, blending thick and dismal doom with the thunder of death metal and a punky attitude. The other band members produce similarly incredible results, running a full gamut of extreme styles as the genius of their self-titled album unfolds.
If you caught the Mary Poppins Death Metal video (see Huffington Post’s coverage here) that went viral earlier this year, you will no doubt be familiar with the ferocity of Sera Hatchett’s vocals. However, equally impressive is her melodious crooning, put to glorious juxtaposition with the rumbling rhythms of “Where The Fire Is” or in the extremely catchy chorus in “Birds”.
Spokane, WA, outfit Mercy Brown are a fascinating band. Blending a bewildering array of influences, from the cavernous doom of Windhand to a blackened death metal roar, their sound is honestly only succinctly summed up as extreme metal. Forming in February 2010, they first made ears prick up with their self-titled EP in March 2012, which was quickly put in radio rotation and picked up the band some high-profile gigs; the band have played shows with Machine Head, Mushroomhead, 3 Inches of Blood, Castle, Hanzel und Gretyl, Lord Dying, Witch Mountain, and The Atlas Moth.
Their début self-titled album (to follow the self-titled EP) was released just recently, and has already received some strong praise from across both sides of the pond.
Promo photograph from Chad Ramsey
Mercy Brown was released on March 17th 2015.
See the Mary Poppins video here:
RIYL: Immolation, Inter Arma, SubRosa, Lord Dying, Witch Mountain
Mercy Brown are:
Josh Schultz – Bass
Lunden Herndon – Drums
Chris Tanaka Canwell – Guitars
Sera Hatchett – Vocals