The opening instrumental track “Regression” seems really out of place here with it’s synth-laden textures and beats. Not to worry though, because the band get right down to business with the next sledgehammer of a track, “Die”. Lead vocalist Sunny’s scream opens to a steamrolling guitar distortion, bass and double-bass drum attack. This is Chronic Xorn at their most natural, all the more reason why “Regression” really has no business preceding this track.
The choice picks from this album are probably “From Mercy” and “Wrath’s Black Rain”. “From Mercy” is all the more enjoyable with it’s star power, in the form of the guest solo by Travis Montgomery of Threat Signal. It probably has the most potential as the band’s standout track, and is sure to be a fan favorite. “Wrath’s Black Rain” has little LoG flavor to it, but this matches well with the overall tone of the song. The melodic interlude fits right into place between the brutal riffage and drumming throughout the rest of the track.
The cohesive unit of Sunny on vocals, Suvam on guitar and backing vocals, Biswarup on guitar, Angshuman on bass and Sagar on drums don’t overcomplicate things on From Mercy, which is infact what happens in most second albums. Sunny’s growls & screams interspersed with Suvam’s clean melodic singing, along with some very accomplished guitar playing and drum rhythms, give this album a homegrown, fresh-out-of-the-jam-room feeling. Sunny seems really intent on showing off his breath control in some songs, not that we’re complaining. On the other hand, there are very little new elements here to save it’s slightly monotonous pace.
To sum up, From Mercy makes a decent, solid follow-up to their last EP. Add to that their fantastic onstage performance component, and we can definitely predict a good future for this already path-blazing band.
Recommended Songs: “From Mercy”, “Wrath’s Black Rain”