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Mercury Rising ‘Paradise For A Troubled Mind’ Review

Released by: Spinnup

Release Date: Out Now

Genre: Hard Rock


 Album Line-up:

 Max Cambell – vocals, guitars

Rob Raymond – lead guitar

Stephen Ellis – bass

George Tinsley – drums




  1. City Lights
  2. Running Out Of Time
  3. Love For Lust
  4. Coming Home
  5. We All Die Young


Essex band Mercury Rising are back with their third EP, titled Paradise For A Troubled Mind. With five raucous tracks of classic hard rock, you can hear the bands influences in the structure and phrasing of the songs, but they combine in a unique way to give the band their own character. Having undergone a line-up change, the band changed its approach to their sound and song-writing. Discussing the album, Stephen Ellis explained, “I’m really happy to be a part of this current line-up of Mercury Rising, they are a band I had been a fan of since the Bad News EP. I heard the demos of the new EP tracks when stepping in for a few gigs last year and I instantly thought it was the best material the guys had written. Since then the tracks have evolved with everybody’s creative input and in my opinion sound as good as they can. It’s a monster of an EP, can’t wait for set it loose in the wild!”

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As the EP opens with track ‘City Lights’ it’s clear this is gonna be an energetic album. This track has an early Quo vibe underpinned by punk sensibilities. Groove-laden ‘Running Out Of Time’ features a strong chorus and bags of energy. The cheeky ‘Love For Lust’ features a Billy F. Gibbons inspired riff, before it opens up into a positively rockabilly track. For me this is one of the stand-out tracks on the album. This is followed on by the bombastic ‘Coming Home’ which features powerful riffs that wouldn’t be out of place on an AC/DC or Airbourne album. Closing the EP is introspective call to arms ‘We All Die Young’, which taps into the sort of anthems laid down by bands like the Clash in the 80s.



Paradise For A Troubled Mind shows a young band truly coming into their own, with singer Max Campbell adding, “we’re really excited to get this one out to the public. It’s been a really rewarding process and we’ve overcome a lot of obstacles to get it done which definitely shows in the finished product. We’ve tried and we can’t really categorise what we’ve created. We’re really proud of that!” And they should be proud. This is a great EP and worthy of any rocker’s music collection.


Ratings: 7/10

Written by: Erik De’Viking

My Global Mind – UK Editor

Erik De’Viking is a London based freelance music journalist. His musical interests include music in all its forms, and he is constantly on the lookout for new bands and genres to discover and later preach about to the masses.

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