We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Shadow of Doubt’s new song “No Mercy” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming EP, which is scheduled to be released on June 2nd through WAR Records. You can pre-order the album here: iTunes | Bandcamp | Physical
Shadow of Doubt guitarist Patrick Flanigan comments on the song:
“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 let’s 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.”
Formed in 2014, 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.
Shadow of Doubt’s new No Mercy picks up right where their 2014 demo left off, combining 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).
The band issued, “Shadow of Doubt is ecstatic to be putting our new record No Mercy out on WAR Records! We put a lot of time and energy in to these songs, and I think that it shows. The fact that Andrew who runs WAR is from the legendary Strife is incredible. To know that someone from a band that we admire and are influenced by believes in our music enough to put it out for us is nothing short of amazing.”
Label owner Andrew Kline announces, “We are excited to add Shadow of Doubt to the WAR Records roster. I have known Ely since he was in Bitter End, and I am a big fan of all of their releases. He sent me the recording of No Mercy, and I was instantly sold. Heavy and groovy hardcore inspired by some of my favorites like Leeway, Killing time, and Cro-Mags (Best Wishes and Alpha Omega-era)… Although the music is a nod to the past, Shadow of Doubt fits in seamlessly with current hardcore bands such as Power Trip, Take Offense, Mizery, Alpha Omega, and more!”
No Mercy will be released on WAR Records as a four-song cassette, as well as a ten-song CD which includes the band’s 2014 demo and the track “Deceive” which features Jose Gonzales from Mizery.
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