Saturday 24 August 2019

Merlin - The Mortal (Album Review)

Release date: August 22nd 2019. Label: The Company KC. Format: DD/Vinyl

The Mortal – Tracklisting

1.Prologue 01:33
2.Tower Fall 06:11
3.Chaos Blade 06:53
4.Ashen Lake 04:07
5.Mindflayer 06:30
6.Basilisk 06:04
7.Metamorphosis 04:50
8.The Mortal Suite 07:05


Carter Lewis - Guitar/ Keys/ Organ
Stu Kersting - Guitar/ Saxophone/ Flute
Chase Thayer - Guitar/ Additonal Percussion
Joey Hamm - Bass Guitar
Jordan Knorr - Vocals/ Storytelling/ Omnichord
Randall Tripps- Drums/ Dark Magi

Guest Musicians

Jeremy Mcclain - Accordian
Garrett Holm - Accordian
Bretstradamus - Trumpet


Progressive Doom Rockers Merlin return with their latest and perhaps weirdest offering with The Mortal. This is a expertly produced album that sees Merlin expand on their trippy blend of Occult Doom, Psych Rock, Prog Rock, Folk Rock and Stoner Rock style of music. Reviewing an album by these guys is never an easy job as each album sounds quite different to each other.

If you’re in the mood for epic progressive Doom/Folk based music then Merlin will cast a spell over you. The songwriting and vocals are top-notch from the start with songs such as Tower Fall, Chaos Blade, Mindflayer, and The Mortal State being the standout songs on the album.

Merlin cover a lot of ground of this album though the album is firmly rooted in 70s Doom Metal and Progressive Rock with Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull with the Folk Rock atmosphere coming on quite heavily compared to their previous releases.

The production is excellent and allows each member equal and valuable time in the spotlight to show Doom Metal fans what they can actually do. There is an air of intelligence to Merlin’s music that you just don’t hear compared to other bands from the Doom Rock/Metal genre.

If you’re a fan of Merlin already then you’ll will be listening to this album for a long time to come. If this is your first time listening to Merlin then they will cast you a magical spell over you told through their powerful riffs.

This album isn’t divisive as their previous album The Wizard. As it follows the same progressive sounds and themes from the start. Maybe Merlin are finally starting to settle for their own sound and their days of experimenting with music are long gone. Then again, this is Merlin we are talking about. The guys probably already have plans for their next record to confuse and delight listeners with.

Overall, The Mortal is a deliriously exciting and dark twisted vision from one of the most inventive Doom Metal bands around.

Words by Steve Howe

The Mortal is available to buy on Vinyl now from The Company KC