Mendeed – This War Will Last Forever-reissue (CD review)
Scotland’s metalcore outfit Mendeed play a pissed off, angst-driven style of heavy metal with modern touches of hardcore to knock you on your face. The opening track, which is a superbly crafted instrumental with Bagpipes and an ethereal synth passage, makes for a killer listening experience. This track alone sends chills down your spine with its skillfully played synth aesthetics.
The overall music definitely has hints of As I Lay Dying, early Sepultura and Kreator, which make for an interesting listen on few of their cuts on “This War Will Last Forever”. The Sepultura rhythm guitars are evident on “Beneath A Burning Sky”, which just come at you like a steam locomotive out of control. “Stand As One And Fight For Glory” has some clean vocal passages very reminiscent of As I Lay Dying. However, I am not a big fan of clean vocals when it comes down to this style of metalcore, as it sounds so out of place due to the fact the music being in one key and the clean vocals in another, so they just clash.
There are 12 tracks of muscle bruising metalcore, with some elements of thrash and speed metal, and this gives it that added kick in the ass.
“This War Will Last Forever” was Mendeed’s debut for Nuclear Blast Records, and it was a promising release, but something that was nothing ahead of its time. Check it out if you enjoy listening to pissed-off metalcore with an American edge. [Metal Mind Productions] Sarjoo Devani