You know the kind of death metal which pumps you up with adrenaline so much that you run around your room and everywhere else headbanging and growling while your neighbours, or anyone near you for that matter, suggest you go see a psychiatrist? The kind of death metal I am talking about is brutal death metal played by Russian band Merlin. Formed in 1992 by Mary Abaza the band has released three studio albums: Deathkoteque, They Must Die and Brutal Constructor. The latest album Brutal Constructor (2004) demonstrates an almost different style when compared to their previous two rather more melodic and thrashy releases: brutal death metal with no compromise.
The album cover of Brutal Constructor is a cover you would expect from a death metal band. It is dark, it looks deathly and it definitely looks dystopian. It might not have any extraordinary arty talent but is by all means eye-catching while what you find inside is even better: pure Russian brutal death metal! Check out the artwork, some clips and links below.
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1. Spirits of the Dead
3. Brutal Constructor
4. Memorial to the Dead
5. Why Did I Kill Them?
6. Zombie Ritual (Death cover)
7. Closer Than Ever
8. Hate Them All
10. Slaughter on Ice
11. Still Alive
On Brutal Constructor Merlin are:
Mary Abaza – Vocals/Bass
Nick Byckoff (RIP) – Drums
Alexander Ioffe – Guitars
Arteom “Bolt” Nazarov – Guitars
Buy Merlin albums via CD-Russia.
“Brutal Constructor” music video
“Memorial to the Dead” music video
“Why Did I Kill Them?” music video
“Slaughter on Ice” music video
“Slaughter on Ice” is Merlin’s interpretation of Sergei Prokofiev’s cantata to Sergei Eisenstein’s 1938 film “Alexander Nevsky”.
Stay tuned for a more in-depth article on Merlin‘s history and discography.