Today, Kansas-based death metal unit UNMERCIFUL – which unites the extreme metal ingenuity of bassist Jeremy Turner (ex-Origin), guitarists Justin Payne and Clint Appelhanz (ex-Origin), drummer John Lonstreth (Dim Mak, Origin, ex-Gorguts etc.), and vocalist Kris Bolton (D.F.W.B.) – unleashes the sonic brutality of their Ravenous Impulse full-length via Unique Leader Records. Captured at Appelhanz’s own Waveworks Studio with drums recorded at Chapman Studios (Origin, Tech N9NE) with longtime producer and friend, Robert Rebeck, Ravenous Impulse raises the proverbial bar of inexorable, unsparing, belligerent, and plainly vicious death metal.
In a recent review of the record, Wonderbox Metal hails nine tracks of, “brutal death metal that properly hangs around in your head long after the dust has settled.” Nine Circles notes, “On Ravenous Impulse, UNMERCIFUL returns from a ten-year hiatus with a vengeance. Any death metal fan looking for something with venom and bite will find plenty to dig into here…. it is entertaining and features absolutely awe inspiring performances all around. Between the technical aspect and the classic death metal approach this second effort from UNMERCIFUL is a juggernaut and one that you won’t want to miss.” In an 8/10 rating, Dead Rhetoric notes, “Cue up all the clichéd death metal verbs like record crushing, relentless, savage, brutal, and so forth – Ravenous Impulse will have you spouting them all before the end of the album. There’s no higher principle that the band operates on other than to oppress your senses and give you an audial bludgeoning. And for that, UNMERCIFUL does exactly what the doctor has prescribed.” That Metal Station concurs, “the songs are brutal, and don’t fail to deliver. The entire thing will give you whiplash and it’s exactly the type of music that would make our forefathers proud for having done what they did. True metal is still alive people, and it’s up to you to keep it relevant”
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Ravenous Impulse is out today on Unique Leader Records and is available in CD, vinyl, and digital formats. For various bundles, go HERE.
Founded in 2001, UNMERCIFUL released its debut, Unmercifully Beaten, in 2006. With intensive tour runs from 2006 through 2009 with the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Necrophagist, Decrepit Birth, Cryptopsy, and more, the band went through various personnel changes before deciding to disband in 2009. What started out as just a reunion show in 2012, quickly returned the band to working status. With consistent live shows and numerous metal fest appearances, the band released a self-titled demo in 2014 as a first step in the process to completing its first full-length release in nearly a decade. After the abrupt departure of drummer James King, John Longstreth was enlisted to record drums for Ravenous Impulse.