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Mercy Kills 'New Rule' Album Review By JD Rich

The Mercy Kills

New Rule

Golden Robot Records

February 12, 2021

Album Review By JD Rich

Boston Rock Radio



Let’s take a break from adulting for a little bit. I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of crispy around the edges, thanks to the daily grind. Time to pop the top and get down ‘n dirty. For that, I turned to Australian troublemakers, The Mercy Kills. Earlier this month, they released fresh hotness, New Rule, where the rule is to let loose, responsibilities be damned. Occasionally, I’m all about flipping the bird to societal norms, and this is the perfect soundtrack for that.

These Aussies make up a powerhouse of raw Punk ferocity. Look out mohawks and combat boots, here I come! New Rule is a smorgasbord of gritty sleaze rock with parallels to The Ramones and The Runaways, but joyfully rougher around the edges. Upon listening to all five tracks (repeatedly), I imagined a scenario of the band invading a recording studio, kicking out uptight producers and engineers, barricading the doors, and slamming back a few cases of energy drinks before musically demolishing the place. That’s the story in my head, and I’m sticking to it regardless of reality. So there. Nyeh. It totally fits the aggressive, raunchy style of dominance that The Mercy Kills unleashed throughout 18 minutes of grinding goodness. No theatrics, no digital effects or masking filters. New Rule ships us back to the golden years of authentic Punk, but without overwhelming violence. This is a safe zone devoted to the essence of defiance and rebellion, and enthusiastically so. They strip away numbing complacency in this high-voltage wake-up call with crushing riffs and attention-grabbing refrains, all driven by sheer will. It’s like a mosh pit for your ears, but without risking serious injury. So dive in and blow off some steam.

The full EP is just a click or tap away. Wet your dirty little whistle with a taste of what’s in store by checking out the video for “Fall" - the penultimate track off New Rule

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