[Metal] Mercy Isle – Undying Fire (80%)

In all its Hell of the course teaching/grants & manuscript writing/scientific meetings that blew on me from September until now, I have been caught away to review some metal albums that were released during this time.
One of them is Mercy Isle “Undying Fire”, the first full-album from the band. The band is by itself original as it is a combination of Dutch and US members, fronted by Kassandra Novell. You can almost feel it in the notes the Batavian influence. You know that there should be something good about the band, as they made the cut and performed at the latest Metal Female Voice Fest (last October). So I gave the album a commuting test and here is my review on the album.
The album is composed by 10-track and has for those that has previously purchased their first EP “Storm” a feeling of deja-vu because some of the tracks are also inside this album. Just you get warned about, so you dont get disappointed.
First, I like that the album is not trying to surf on the “Symphonic Metal” wave that I found right now over-saturated by too many bands. It swings between gothic and progressive metal, giving it a degree of artistic freedom.
It starts with “Wake Up”, an easy and simple introduction to the album that sounds an easy shot for a promotion into a mainstream audience. Its fine for me but not enough to impress. In the opposite, “Storm” was more convincing and more enjoyable to listen, giving a better composition and space to Kassandra voice. We keep on the same quality by transitioning with “Stop, Kiss Me” that is also pretty good to listen. “If I could” could be the power ballad song of the album. Here we can appreciate Kassandra talent and potential talent. It gives a nice and relaxing interlude. “Uncaged” is another track from the EP, so it may seem as deja vu but also brings a heavier tone than the first track. I feel things are getting serious here. “No One Will Save You” is also coming from the EP, so I will not discuss more about it. “I Am” has this feeling of Lacuna Coilesque from their previous work on Karmacode. “Saying Goodbye” is certainly the best track of the album, reminding me of Nightwish by its musical arrangement. “Come to Me” comes and shake up all and bring the heavy-o-meter into 2 scales up making it also enjoyable. Finally, “The Ghost” closes this chapter with the same heaviness.
If you like something similar to Lacuna Coil, but have been on saturation mode with “same old, same old” of certain bands, you should give a try to Mercy Isle. They have here a decent first album that is really accessible to share. Just a reminder, dont purchase the EP as you will have a redundancy in your playlist.

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