No Mercy, the debut EP by Texas hardcore outfit SHADOW OF DOUBT - founded by former core members of Bitter End, Hardside, and more - is approaching early June release through WAR Records, and the title track has been issued through a premiere at New Noise Magazine as preorders are unveiled.
SHADOW OF DOUBT is a blue-collar powerhouse that is a major part of the new breed of Texas hardcore. Featuring former members of Bitter End, Hardside, and more, the band combines their love for crossover, hardcore, punk, and metal, with powerful and memorable riffs reminiscent of the classic NYHC sound, resulting in the perfect soundtrack for this modern age of quarrel. No Mercy combines crushing riffs in the vein of Cro-Mags and Leeway while maintaining a modern sound reminiscent of Mizery, Take Offense, and Beautiful Ones. The four-song EP was recorded in November 2016 by Phillip Odom (Ivy League) at Bad Wolf Studios, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Power Trip, Nails).
Offers SHADOW OF DOUBT guitarist Patrick Flanigan on the track, "I came up with the intro to 'No Mercy' first. There is a cool key change in the riff which I love doing, especially with heavy music. 'No Mercy' never really lets up. It stays hard hitting the whole time which I think makes it the strongest song on the EP. The song is very thrash influenced but with a lot of New York hardcore style to it, which really showcases our musical direction. The lyrics are about how we seem to be going backwards instead of progressing, and all of the consequences that come with that. I wrote the song right after the election so I was pretty pissed at the time. The theme of this EP and the title track is that you will get no mercy from this unrelenting world."
Tune in to New Noise Magazine to stream SHADOW OF DOUBT's "No Mercy" at THIS LOCATION.
WAR Records has set No Mercy for release June 2nd as a four-song cassette, and a ten-song CD which includes the band's 2014 demo and the track "Deceive" which features Jose Gonzales from Mizery, as well as all digital platforms. The iTunes preorder is only $5.99 until release date, and comes with an immediate download of "Deceive."
Stand by for additional audio and video samples from the No Mercy EP preceding its release.
SHADOW OF DOUBT Live:
5/09/2017 The Korova - San Antonio, TX w/ Purgatory, Queensway, Absolute Suffering