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The Innocent, The Forsaken, The Guilty

by The Mezmerist

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paul rote One of the rarest of all 80s American metal lps , ( I never even heard of it back in the day). Very Cirith Ungol sounding, but not as heavy.the craziest thing about this is Bill Ward plays drums on the 1st four tracks.yes that Bill Ward!!! Favorite track: Dead Ones Cry No More.
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The Forsaken 02:56
The Jam Song 08:43


The Mezmerist is one of the most mysterious US Metal releases of all time. Nobody even knows who The Mezmerist is, and to even find an original LP was a chore because the band held on to a lot of the pressing. Originally there was only 500 copies made back in 1985, today those copies have gone for extremely high prices on eBay. With this re-issue, this is basically the first time anyone who knew about this lost gem made contact with the band. We got lucky finding the mastermind behind the band, Thomas Mezmercardo. Since finding him, we ended up taking an additional 5 years to put this release out properly and with all of the parties and work involved. Speaking of all parties involved, one of the most interesting things about this release is that Bill Ward did in fact play drums on this release. He played on the first 4 tracks on the 1st EP. The circumstances surrounding the events back then are somewhat of a mystery, even to this day. Thomas sits down and tells the story of how all of this came together on the DVD portion of the release. We can tell you for sure this is not just any old over-hyped cult release that some of these other labels are feeding you. This is the definition of the perfect lost gem in 80’s heavy metal history and by far one of the best 80’s heavy metal albums you’ll ever hear. It’s too hard to exactly pinpoint what this sounds like, but if I have to label it, it would be Psychedelic Heavy Metal. If you’re into Led Zeppelin, Cirith Ungol, and Mercyful Fate, you’d get pretty close to their sound. The release is a double EP – released as a full-length album for your enjoyment.

1st EP circa 1983
1. The Forsaken
2. Dead Ones Cry No More
3. Arabian Nights
4. Victim of Environmental Change

Tommy Mezmercardo – Vocals / Guitars
Roger Abercrombie – Bass
Bill Ward – Drums

2nd EP circa 1985
5. Kingdom of the Dead
6. No Family, No Friends
7. The Jam Song

Tommy Mezmercardo – Vocals / Guitars
Steve Conrad – Bass
JR – Drums



released September 3, 2013


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