Hurt & the Merciless

Album Review of Hurt & the Merciless by The Heavy.

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Hurt & the Merciless

The Heavy

Hurt & the Merciless by The Heavy

Release Date: Apr 8, 2016
Record label: Counter Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock

70 Music Critic Score
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Hurt & the Merciless - Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics

Exclaim - 80
Based on rating 8/10

It's been four long years since the Heavy gave us the eerily soulful The Glorious Dead, and the time off has been kind to the English groove-rockers. The band comes out guns ablaze on Hurt & the Merciless' opening burning track, "Since You've Been Gone," and don't let up until the end of the proceedings.Songs like "What Happened To The Love?" and "Mean Old Man" hammer the listener with relentless, driving force, with thick groovy valleys punctuated by the piercing horn lines that colour the album. Though their music has always been rooted in American rhythm and blues, on Hurt & the Merciless, the Heavy give more than a nod to some of the more classic rock tendencies.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Bath, England outfit the Heavy have built a career out of making insanely raw and soulful music that blends shoot-from-the-hip garage rock intensity with an ear for tuneful, '60s R&B melodicism. The group's fourth studio album, 2016's Hurt & the Merciless, finds the band digging even deeper into its bloodshot-eyed aesthetic. Still showcasing the throaty renegade vocals of frontman Kelvin Swaby, the Heavy churn through track after track of aggressive, ball-busting anthems.

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Classic Rock Magazine - 60
Based on rating 3/5

Fourth album from sync-ers’ favourite funk-soul brothers. You hear a lot of The Heavy on TV and in film: they’re good at soundtracking action. That’s them on Entourage and Limitless.. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads.

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