Mercic – 6

Rating: 3/5
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Released: 2020
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Band line-up:

Carlos Maldito: Producer, multi-instrumentalist, writer
César Palma: Live guitar


1.) State of Mind: Burnt
2.) Stay Away From Us (ft. Nuno Pardal of Switchtense)
3.) Corrosion Invades
4.) People Surrounded by Fear Are Easily Controlled (ft. Carlos Lichman)
5.) Fear Takes Control
6.) Here We are again
7.) They cover Your Ears (ft. Victor Sapage of Congruity)
8.) False Tears Over Empty Words (ft. Paulo Martins of This Fallen Curse)
9.) The Culmination (ft. Gwendolyn Timberlake of Basurah)
10.) Technological Progress = Human Setback


Mercic is a one-man project (with guest musicians) of Carlos Maldito, created some years ago as an escape from other bands he was a part of, an endeavour he would have sole control over.

What we have in 6 is a solid slab of industrial sounds ranging from forceful, in-your-face stompers all the way to more cerebral, explorative passages. At times, in tracks like “Here We Are Again” or “Corrosion Invades” (the latter being one of my personal favourites) you’ll experience meaty industrial quasi-rock, approaching a sound akin to KMFDM or Die Krupps, though more experimental in structure. Elsewhere, songs like “Technical Progress = Human Setback” or “Fear Takes Control” ease off on the gas, settling back into something more relaxed and immersive.

More consistent is the tone and atmosphere, which remains dark and chilling. There’s a constant feeling of mechanical menace, a deliberate discordance to put the listener at unease. The layers of the music will often build, as in the rise of “False Tears Over Empty Words”, constructing oppressive and dangerous landscapes of machinery and inescapable cold. It’s all somewhat reminiscent of Godflesh or a more grim Killing Joke. “The Culmination” allows for a gothic edge to this atmosphere to come through, evoking Moonspell with its dark, almost sensual tones.

6 is an album equal parts dark techno-industrial rave, sci-fi horror soundtrack and warning of dystopian futures, full of the sounds of madness and decay. It has plenty of effective moments, but I come out of it feeling like it would be better committing whole-heartedly to one thing or the other: does it want to be industrial post-rock, crafting huge, immersive soundscapes, or more conventional industrial music, merging the catchy and the crushing together? It’s an album that can pull off both here and there, but the two aspects too often clash and stymie one another. Good atmospheric tracks are cut short just as they start to really suck me in, while the more straightforward rockers never quite gel as they should.

As it stands, 6 is an interesting and at times genuinely impressive project, and I like good variety in an album, but here it feels like a bit more focus and refinement could go a long way.

If you’d like to read more about Mercic, check out our interview here.

Review by Kieron Hayes