Enslain Magazine Issue #8
Taking their name from the title of their first demo, Mercurial is the band from Louisiana formerly known as Esoteric. It’s just as well that they changed their name though, as their sound has significantly altered. A slight influence by Louisiana area bands is immediately apparent, and the vocals have been replaced by well-executed black metal screeching. Otherwise, the unconventional time-signatures and arrangements still remain, and the fact that the band can keep up with such irregular and complex structure and remain fairly tight displays their compatibility as musicians. Were these songs produced in an ideal setting, they’d be much more impacting, but otherwise, this four-song demo is a step further into their technical song-crafting.
-- Lady Enslain