PUNISHMENT 18 RECORDS
MESMERIZE formed way back in 1988 out of Italy in the goal of creating powerful
Heavy Metal music. With one listen to "PAINTROPY" they have definitely achieved that
goal. These guys have gone through some changes over the years. They started out playing
a more Traditional style of Heavy Metal music, but over the years they have added some
other Metal styles in to flavor their sound. They have a bit of a harder edge now by adding
in lots of Thrash Metal into their sound and also add in some Power Metal influences too.
The Thrash elements are more present in the music itself, mostly in the arrangements of the
songs. The guitar work of Piero Paravidino & Luca Belbruno really make the Thrash
elements come to the for front. They have a really aggressive and gritty dual guitar attack,
while adding in some grooves and technical passages as well. The vocals have a very strong
solid Power Metal style, with some harsher more rough sounding Thrash Metal vocals
mixed in at times. They remind me of a lot of the early Thrash Metal bands from the '80's
when they were merging from Power Metal into Thrash Metal. If you think of early
ANTHRAX, ANVIL, SAXON and even some early PANTERA, pre "COWBOYS FROM
HELL" era then you'd get a good idea of what MESMERIZE has to offer!