Planes Mistaken For Stars – Mercy (Reissue)

Posted: by Sean Gonzalez

Deathwish Records are reissuing a hardcore/emo relic from the band Planes Mistaken For Stars. The band was an influential powerhouse in the early 2000s, releasing three huge albums before dissolving in 2007. Mercy was the group’s last hurrah of a record, originally released in 2006.

Mercy still has that haunt in it’s tracks. ‘Widow (A Love Song)’ showcases the intense visceral energy of the group. The guitars are dissonant, with the drums spastically skipping around the kit building upon the panic and despair in the vocals. ‘To Spit A Sparrow’ is an emotional and melodic journey through walls of distortion and wretched yells. ‘Never Felt Prettier’ takes this same method but with more force, succeeding in showcasing off how well they can play loud emo music. Closing track ‘Penitence’ gives off a creepy and painful aura that matches ‘Something In The Way’ by Nirvana, but more ominous and ghastly. 

Mercy was and still is the apex point for this group. The beloved LP has been remastered by Brad Boatwright (Modern Life Is War). Planes Mistaken For Stars have also hinted at the possibility of new music being released very soon via Deathwish as well, stay tuned for more information on that.

Pick up the vinyl copies here: 


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