Review: Meridian – Margin Of Error

Mighty Music (March 22nd 2019)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Meridian, the Danish melodic metal band, return with a brand new album ‘Margin Of Error‘, comprising of eleven tracks, four of which I’m more than familiar with as they were on the band’s EP ‘The Fate of Atlantis‘ released last year.

Having heard that the four tracks would be on a full album I kind of knew what to expect. Or so I thought….’Margin Of Error‘ just takes everything up several notches, giving us a fully emersive album which I have not stopped playing.

Guitarists Martin J. Anderson and Marco Angioni have both been busy with their involvement with hard rock band REƎCE, helmed by vocalist David Reece, resulting in the album ‘Resilient Heart‘ which was in my top ten releases from last year Hence the two year gap since the last Meridian album ‘Breaking The Surface‘.

To bring up something I mutter often, if the vocals don’t suit me then the album won’t light my dials. But in singer Lars Märker, the band have an absolute star, whose vocal talants are superb. I have long shouted about the talents of Martin J. Anderson, from when I first heard him in his other band Blindstone, a seriously underated guitarist. Not to say Marco is lacking in talent, hell no!. Peter Bruun – bass, and Klaus Agerbo – drums supply that pounding, controlled soundtrack that punches you squarely in the gut.

With eleven terrific tracks, ranging from the pounding opener ‘The Devil Inside Us All‘, the hard rock feel of ‘The Fate Of Atlantis‘, a track which wouldn’t be out of place on an Eden’s Curse album, to the Iron Maiden like ‘Scream For Me‘, this album will appeal to a wide range of rock fans.

I know it’s only January, but ‘Margin Of Error‘ is already looking like a worthy contender for a favoirte release of 2019.

Verdict……..order it now!

Denmark’s melodic heavy metal band Meridian are releasing their third album ‘Margin Of Error‘ as the follow-up to the critically acclaimed ‘Breaking The Surface‘ from 2016. It’s the bands third album, but it contains a couple of firsts. It’s the first full album made with guitarist and producer Marco Angioni, and it’s the first album written and recorded with a stable line-up, all sharing the same musical vision.

Work on the album began in 2017 where various writing sessions resulted in the basic foundation for eight new tracks. The band went straight into Death Island Studios to try out, and test drive the new working relationship with Marco at the helm. Four songs where recorded and released as the digital EP ‘The Fate Of Atlantis‘ in March 2018. In early 2018 Martin and Marco took some time off to write and record a new album with former Accept singer David Reece. The album ‘Resilient Heart‘ is a big success and showcase, apart from Reece as the great singer he is, also Martin and Marco as the talented songwriters and performers they are. In the summer of 2018 the band finished off the songwriting and headed back into the studio to record the remaining seven songs for the album.

Musically the songs varies from melodic rock like the first single ‘Second Best‘, over hard hitting metal anthems and slowpaced heavy monsters to the all out thrashy ‘Disconnect‘, which contains guest appearance from Steve Smyth (One Machine, Nevermore, Testament etc.) on lead guitar.It’s a varied musical landscape, but all 11 tracks are well crafted songs with strong vocal melodies and memorable choruses you can sing along to.

Lyrically the songs deals with important topics like war (Off To War), death (Circle The Drain), global warming (The Fate Of Atlantis), over personal topics like mental illness (Fragments Of A Life) and fighting inner demons (The Devil Inside Us All), to dealing with modern day life where everybody is constantly online (Disconnect). ‘Margin Of Error‘ is the new album from Meridian. It’s the most coherent and well crafted collection of songs from a band that’s better than ever. Meridian is heading out on the road in 2019 to support the album.

Line-up:
Lars Märker –vocals
Martin J. Andersen –guitars
Marco Angioni –guitars
Peter Bruun –bass
Klaus Agerbo –drums

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Danish heavy metal band Meridian have just released a lyric video for ‘The Meaningless Wrong‘, taken from their latest album ‘Breaking The Surface‘.

‘Breaking The Surface’ was released back in 2016 to critical acclaim.

Line up:

Lars Märker – Vocals
Martin J. Andersen – Guitars
Marco Angioni – Guitars
Klaus Agerbo – Drums
Peter Bruun – Bass

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Danish heavy metal band Meridian have released an Official video for ‘City Of Holy War‘, taken from their forthcoming new album ‘Breaking The Surface‘, which is due for release in September.

Line up:

Lars Märker – Vocals

Martin J. Andersen – Guitars

Marco Angioni – Guitars

Klaus Agerbo – Drums

Peter Bruun – Bass

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A review of their last release ‘Metallurgy‘ can be found Here

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Review: Meridian – Metallurgy

Mighty Music (2014)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

I had the real good fortune of being sent a copy of this as yet unreleased album by my good friend Martin J Anderson, the guitarist with Danish rock band Blindstone.

Martin is also involved with Meridian, having played on five of the ten tracks, the other five having been played by former lead guitarist Mads Bahl.

After the first couple of tracks it was really starting to bug me who vocalist Lars Märker reminded me of. Then it struck me. There’s a real similarity between Lars and Sargant Fury vocalist Andrew “Mac” McDermott (R.I.P.) Well trust me, that ain’t a bad thing as far as I’m concerned.

Now for those of you who love to pigeon hole bands I’m afraid your not going to get a straight answer. Yes parts of  the album are I guess heavy metal. However overall the album is to me a good, solid album of hard rock. The sort of hard rock that I personally love.

The album kicks off with a decent length intro track (2.17) called ‘Introminator’. And it certainly helps set the stage for what’s to follow. Now it’s a bit of a struggle to pick a ‘favorite’ as such as the album is consistently strong throughout. I guess if you held a gun to my head and said pick one then it would be ‘Between Love And Hate’

Yes I could wax lyrical and drone on like some album reviews do…….but that ain’t my style. I’m just going to say I hope this gets a release sooner rather than later, and then you too can experience some proper rock music.

01 Introminator

02 Between Love And Hate

03 Narrowmind

04 Human Price

05 Frozen In Time

06 The Machine

07 Red Horizon

08 Seeking Immortal Life

09 Only The Strong

10 My Enemy