Mashing speed metal and black metal together in a cyclone of chaos and mayhem is Whipstriker, and rumbling through the hordes of deceased is their fourth full length Merciless Artillery. From the front all the way to the back of this release, you are greeted with nothing but mayhem propelled metal that does its best to snap your neck and leave your head rolling on the ground. Through and through, Merciless Artillery is an unrelenting slab of gritty no holds barred blackened speed metal. Never once does Whipstriker lift their boot from your soon to be crushed throat.
Whipstriker gets Merciless Artillery rolling pretty damn quickly. After a very brief intro that is filled with gun fire and thunder, Whipstriker jumps straight in to the action never letting you really prepare for the ensuing onslaught and blood bath. From the first track on Whipstriker pours their brand of twisted, skull grinding blackened speed metal on thick never to let up and never to look back to see how many have been laid to waste. Through eight tracks you are greeted with skin bubbling riffs that are only to be paired with face melting solos that are backed by tumultuous and never ceasing drumming. Gurgling up from the depths of hell are the rabid and larynx shredding blood thirsty vocals. From the first few minutes on you become attacked from all sides constantly all throughout this release making it for a debauchery filled and incredibly dangerous record.
I am very confident that the word “slow” has been taken out of Whipstriker’s vocabulary as they propel themselves to a mach five pace without warning and they keep that pace for the entirety of the effort. Each track is a blistering eruption of unrelenting metallic fury. From the very beginning of Merciless Artillery on, Whipstriker does a great job of snapping your head back providing you with chronic whiplash. Each of the eight tracks on this offering are blistering blackened speed metal anthems that get pile driven straight through your skull and in to your brain. As dangerous and explosive as this record is, it is just as entertaining and memorable.
Merciless Artillery is a fairly short release clocking in at only just above thirty minutes, but within that time you are gifted with plenty of metal mayhem to satisfy your speed metal appetite. Each minute of those thirty is filled with nothing but metal. There is no filler and no time to kill within this record as Whipstriker provides you with eight straight tracks to mainline through to your ear drums. Overall, Merciless Artillery is a very solid record and a great addition to Whipstriker’s already great catalog.
Check out the opening/title track below!
Merciless Artillery will be released March 9, 2018 through Hells Headbangers
You can pre-order Merciless Artillery here!