Your Mercury

Studio Album by released in 2010

Your Mercury review

Teeth Of The Sea set up a good start

The British quartet Teeth Of The Sea is boosting up its power as it is conquering more and more territories and captivates minds of individuals. Their debut long player, Orphaned By The Ocean, issued in 2009, went right into the heart of the audience who had been looking for this kind of stuff. When you are listening to this band’s records you just wonder how come nobody thought about doing things like that before? Critics, as well as regular listeners, were in complete frustration when they tried to draw parallels between this music and something else. Although the debut Teeth Of The Sea album could be discussed and enjoyed for long time; but the musicians decided to make hay while the sun shines, or rather, write music while there is inspiration. Therefore, a year later, the British outfit presented their sophomore studio work, Your Mercury. The musicians did what they had to do, namely, translated the best moments of the first CD into the second and added some new tricks.

Nerve system test

Psychedelic is the word that inevitably flashed in the heads of those who tried the first album by Teeth Of The Sea. This is not because it was psychedelic, but because they struggled to find a more accurate word to describe it. The next effort by the group of these talented men is even farther from psychedelic rock. This is rather some kind of psychotic, or excessively emotional, or nervous rock. The members of Teeth Of The Sea seem to have watched too many classic thrillers and horror movies where the atmosphere was molded by the soundtracks, not computer effects yet. Well, Your Mercury is your ticket to the acoustic thriller, a world of pleasant worrying, tension, and sometimes even fear. The album’s most depressive and heavy tracks are located in the first half of the record. The short intro Transfinite forms with the first full-length piece The Ambassador an invitation for a listener somewhere under the ground, where no light, no hope, no sanity can be found. Thudding, thick bass lines are not going to leave you for a moment and will hang over you like doom. Cemetery Magus conducts the images of some witches Sabbath or ultimate dark forces party – a total chaos with repulsive, yet somehow beckoning, indiscernible voices.

Another form of rock

While you are listening to the album’s longest track, You’re Mercury, you are likely to restore in your mind characters and episodes of many blood-chilling movies. The further the song goes, the more complex its music composition becomes with growing number of strange (scary?) sounds to test your nerves. Brass instruments used here are a very wise touch and can be found in other tracks as well. As soon as they surface, one starts to feel that the fatal end is getting very close. In the second half of the album, the musicians, as if suddenly concerned with the mental health of their listeners, relieve the atmosphere a little bit and offer a couple of light and bright pieces, including the closing Hovis Coil, and very melodious Mothlike. Finally, one is not likely to forget A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. This track seems a nice piece of soundtrack to another part of Star Wars as it bears a strong sensation of something epic, cosmic and spacious. The entire bulk of Your Mercury is very close to rock music, the music with flaming passions, desperate fears and hellish anger. The surprising part is that Teeth Of The Mercury did not need screams, heavy guitars and gothic lyrics to build on their CD a world of secrets, mysteries, intrigues and phobias. This is the world that we have always been particularly attracted to.