Maidens Of Mercury is the solo project of Hekz lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Matt Young. Born out of the need to shine a light into the darkness, when all his musical intentions for this year vanished into a total lockdown and an insecure musical future.
This EP; Life sees five tracks, from the high energetic and über catchy Before The Madness to the emotional Slipping Away. With all instruments played by Matt himself, Maidens Of Mercury is a true solo effort. The four tracks and a reprise show influences from bands like Deep Purple, during the powerful guitar parts and soaring keyboards, but even more from a band like Queen, during the fine vocal harmonies.
Life is an honest album from a struggling musician, but don't we all during this period. The outcome is four amazing compositions, a bit lighter than we are used to from his band, but nevertheless as impressive as we are used to.
I really hope for a brighter future for the music industry, when we beat covid. Meanwhile, we have a fine EP to listen to.
****+ Pedro Bekkers (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)
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