(6/10) Mercutio is actually a character in Shakespeare's 'Romoe and Juliet'. The name is based on 'mercurial' and I think that is what the band wants to be - vivid, but also a bit moody.
However, where aren't here for theater arts, we are here to talk about music and metal. In our case Mercutio is a four-piece rock band, located in the London, UK. The band names Muse, Radiohead and Porcopine Tree as their main influencers and yes, this comes back in their songs.
"Back to Nowhere" is the band's debut and comes with twelve songs. Having in mind the earlier said, we aren't talking about metal here. Mercutio writes and playes solid rock music that has sometimes some harder guitars like in the title track "Back to Nowhere". "Anytime" is another example where the four guys put the guitars into the lead.
Next to those harder moments there are tracks like the opener and "Hail the Night" where booming keyboards wrafting in the background. Something for Muse fans more than for Maiden supporters.
"Back to Nowehere" comes with more fragile and silent moments. "A Part of me" is such a number and "Mother" is another one. The first mentioned track is a really cool one while second one feels a bit tense.
But there are also tracks that doesn't work for me. "Fake" is one of those tunes that might be technically spoken OK and demanding, but it doesn't stick. The same goes for "the Ghost that is You". The chorus sounds bumpy and riven.
"Back to Nowhere" has some moments. But in general it feels too scattered, with also some tunes that aren't working for me. In this sense the longplayer is vivid and moody - mercurial.
- Shed Your Skin
- Back to Nowhere
- A Part of Me
- No Compromise
- Hail the Night
- In Front of You
- Set me Free
- The Ghost that is You
- Reasons to Erase
Label: Diverge Records
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release Date EU: November 13th, 2015