November 30, 2008

Controlled by Hatred

No Mercy
Widespread Bloodshed- Love Runs Red

No Mercy was a pretty great crossover band from Venice Beach in the mid 80s that just happened to feature Suicidal Tendencies' Mike Muir on vocals. They were considerably thrashier than ST's early work, and when half the band quit before they could record their second album, Muir essentially absorbed No Mercy into Suicidal Tendencies by bringing guitarist Mike Clark on board, creating the more metallic version of ST that continued through the late 80s and early 90s. A coupl'a these tracks were even re-recorded by Suicidal Tendencies for the Controlled by Hatred- Feel Like Shit...DeJa Vu comp. If you like early Suicidal Tendencies, then you're bound to like this, as it features the same raw punk energy, but is faster, a little more serious, and generally more metal. For the sake of a timeline and comparison, ST's Join the Army and this No Mercy record both came out in 1987.

If wikipedia is to be trusted, the Mikes have regrouped as No Mercy Fool! and are working on new material. I don't want any part of that, thank you very much.

Widespread Bloodshed- Love Runs Red


j.spake said...

that alum cover is so over the top that i have to give it a listen.

cdb said...

It is a ridiculous cover. It doesn't really match the sound of the record, but whatever.

Daniel said...

My friend in the band Midnight just scored this on vinyl....we had just been talking about it on the way to the record store here in Austin...I'm listening to the Welcome To Venice fact No Mercy is on....Cyco for life!!!!!