"Merlock EP is a fun lil’ demo without pretension or sophistication, the kind of music that results when a band throws down and simply plays a blend of genres that pleases them. In the case of Merlock, that formula is equally influenced by the spaced-out aura of psychedelia, and the hard-rockin’ momentum of trad metal. Merlock is subtly off-kilter in the best of ways, an odd amalgamation of The Jesus Lizard’s intrinsic weirdness, and the astral wanderings of Merlin--albeit abbreviated, and sans brass. The result is a kind of caustic, trippy, and rough-around-the-edges stoner doom, and it lights a little fire in my heavy (metal) heart."
-Sleeping Village Reviews
"It’s not often that I can find a sample of psychedelic heavy metal while still bringing in elements of rock and then have that be a raw experience due to the sheer nature of demos. but Merlock is far from your typical act. I understand it may be hard to imagine psychedelic heavy metal given how it’s somewhat of a dying art in recent years (or maybe it’s not, prove me wrong), but Merlock makes a really strong case for it with these three tracks given how the fusion of heavy metal and rock take the foreground whilst the psychedelia stays in the background. It’s an oddly satisfying and balanced formula with Merlock taking plenty twists and turns to make this demo an intriguing one with either riffs adorning the crispy tunes or the music veering off into a more experimental phase that gives us a brief glimpse at the gears turning in the minds behind Merlock."
- Head-Banger Reviews
"This reminds me of (a much less weird) early Butthole Surfers. Like Hairway to Steven. Maybe it's just the psychedelics."- /u/symmec1ept
released April 29, 2018
guitar / vox: taylor d. waring
guitar: riley moore
bass: andrew backes
drums: lucas wild barrey
Mixed, Mastered, and Engineered by Bill Nieman.
All songs written by Merlock.
All lyrics written by taylor d. waring.