With plenty of grit and groove, Mesmer come barreling out of your speakers with their self titled release. Combining the likes of rock ‘n’ roll and doom, Mesmer has created a sound that is fresh and unbelievably memorable. Mesmer weave rock and doom metal together expertly in each of the five songs that are on this EP to provide you with heavy, rocking, head banging and ultimately highly memorable tunes for you to enjoy. This EP packs quite the punch as well gifting you solid jab to the jaw track after track. This self titled EP starts off with the title track which starts you off with a slow burning doom filled intro complete with trudging riffs. However, that does not last very long and around the one and a half minute mark the doom dissipates and the rock takes over providing you with a galloping and head banging pace.
Much like the title track, the four following tracks follow its lead and balance both doom and rock very well. You never know whether you will be getting the rock elements or the doom elements next as Mesmer does a great job of changing it up quite often within each of the five songs. One minute you will be nodding along to groove filled rock and the next you are dragged asunder by the sinister and poisonous doom. There isn’t any lurching or sharp veers towards either rock or doom as Mesmer weaves the two together seamlessly so that they work in cohesion to provide you with a unique, twisting and varied listen.
From the first note on you are greeted with sharp, groove filled riffs that are coupled with rumbling bass lines and solid drumming, but what catches your attention right off the bat are the gritty and raspy vocals. Through each song they force their way through the wall of twisted, murky doomed out metallic noise. These raspy vocals pair well with the doom infused rock as they are just as gritty and filthy as the rest of the music is. If the vocals on this EP were completely clean or growled it just wouldn’t fit nearly as well. With that being said, everything on this EP fits together very well providing you with a solid listen.
This self titled EP is well performed all the way around. Each track is just as good and memorable as the last and with an overall great performance, Mesmer gifts your gnarled ears to a, well…great listen. It will be exciting to see what a full length sounds like from these guys, but for now we are left with this well done self titled EP.
You can find this EP right on the Mesmer Bandcamp.
This EP was released through Wicked Lester Records on June 3, 2016.