Very few obscure relics of early-1980s U.S. heavy metal are as storied as those of The Mezmerist, a band long shrouded in a mystique that is befitting of its name. Under the creative direction and songwriting of founder/guitarist/vocalist Tommy Mezmercardo, The Mezmerist recorded two EPs and a short demo between 1983 and 1989. The percussion on the first, The Innocent, The Forsaken, The Guilty, was performed by none other than Bill Ward of Black Sabbath, one of the original four grandfathers of heavy metal, and his contract with his “other” band precluded him from publishing a work with another artist that overtly recognized his involvement. This LP compiles that EP and an unreleased EP recorded in 1985 with a different lineup, yet still retaining their signature psychedelic heavy/doom metal (equipped with Arabian influences and falsetto vocals) sound not unlike Mercyful Fate…despite band leader Mezmercardo never having heard them. An essential document of US private press hard rock.