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EXUMER – Raging Tides (Metal Blade Records 2016) CD Review

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Exumer_-_The_Raging_Tides.jpgEXUMER – Raging Tides (Metal Blade Records 2016)

2016 is starting to pick up steam and the sweet sounds of thrash are starting to fill the air. A nice way to break in a classic band with new material is the German thrash band EXUMER.

Listening to this release is such a nice fall-back to the early thrash days. EXUMER fills this release with the way-back machine with the vibe of early Exodus, Slayer, Mortal Sin, and Overkill. It may have that classical sound to it but make no mistake, “this release is one that delivers a molotov cocktail to your skull”. It is unrelentless, there are no sissy tracks in this release. It’s an ass whipping over and over and over!

exumer

One of the items that I enjoy with The Raging Tides is the clever lyrics. It is spit at you and pretty catchy. Kind of funny at times, you’ll get the vibe of what is coming up next. The guitars lines are what you would expect, strong riffs, and real thrashy. There are not a lot of solo’s in this release which is something that would take this release over the top, the solo’s that you get to hear are extremely great and memorable. What is missing in the soloing is made up with the thrashy riffs.

Conceptually and lyrically, vocalist Mem V. Stein has based the bulk of the record around human suffering. Specifically, he adds it is suffering “caused by torture or other means for political, religious, or personal gain for the individuals/organizations who inflict the pain. The album is called “The Raging Tides“, and the title represents the ebb and flow of human misery and despair around the globe.” These topics are obviously not born from a vacuum, rather they are essentially a constant in daily lives in 2015, both by way of the modern 24 hour news cycle, and document leaks and controversy via wikileaks or figures like Edward Snowden. Stein continues: “The lyrics I wrote were inspired by a wide range of books and articles I read, ranging from the investigation of tactics employed by the CIA, to Amnesty International reports on conditions in prisons (Song; Brand of Evil), and in Nigeria (extreme forms of human abuse – Song; Welcome to Hellfire).” Specifics details aren’t necessarily called out in the lyrics, rather the topics are clear for listeners who can read between the lines, so to speak. Another example is the track “Shadow Walker,” that touches on those who leave promising lives to pursue radical ideologies and even death, only to be deceived by those they follow for larger political and personal goals.

Overall : 9/10 . This release will be one you will want to check out. It is powerful, thrash at its roots and not a mellow track. Definitely one that will make you want to mosh around your house or beat the guy up in the passenger seat while you speed down the street blaring EXUMER head banging and pounding your fist in the air.Oh, and did I mention Rob Dukes busting out a track in “Hostage To Heaven”. Super bad ass! Plus the solo will blow your mind!

TRACKLIST – EXUMER – “The Raging Tides”

01. The Raging Tides
02. Brand Of Evil
03. Catatonic
04. Sacred Defense
05. Welcome To Hellfire
06. Sinister Souls

Exumer
Mem V. Stein – vocals
Ran Mensh – guitars
T. Schiavo – bass
Matthias Kassner – drums
Marc B. – guitars

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Rockstar Mayhem Festival – July 18, 2015 Burgettstown, PA – Concert Review

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Roadtrip time! – Michael Strong and Robert Nass

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – July 18, 2015

Burgettstown, PA

First Niagara Bank Amphitheater

Little review from the Mayhem Festival

Andy LaRoucque (King Diamond) and Michael Strong

Some of the worlds heaviest and darkest artists took to the festival stage this day in what could be called a historic event. Armed with the artillery of guitars, drums and microphones the torment has been unleashed. Some of the key bands that were indeed crowd favorites

Code Red and Michael

were Slayer, and the almighty King Diamond. This complete lineup which also included acts Jungle Rot, Kissing Candice, Shattered Sun, Sister Sin, Sworn, In, The Devil Wears Prada, Thy Art is Murder, Code Orange, Feed Her To the Sharks, Hellyeah, and Whitechapel. This would be a great one off festival but it is a touring festival. The opportunity to see all these acts were made possibly around this country.

 

Michael Strong and Jeremy (The Devil Wears Prada)

We had the opportunity to meet and hang out with numerous acts and interviewed; Shattered Sun, The Devil Wears Prada, Andy Laroucque (King Diamond), Jungle rot, and Code Orange. This was indeed a success to talk with our old friends once again and to get caught up with them as well as help promote them and their music and merch. One of the big highlights was indeed to hang with old friend King Diamond, and Eric Wagner (the Skull/Trouble).

 

Michael Strong and King Diamond

 

Jeff Blackburn and King Diamond
Michael Strong, Eric Wagner, Jeff Blackburn

 

 

Dave of Jungle Rot and Michael Strong of Maximum Threshold

It seemed like the event was well rehearsed and no errors or malfunctions took place it was a nice metal festival and the fans were known to have been there from all over the world.

You can catch the interviews on our weekly broadcast the Maximum Threshold Radio Show right here on Saturday nights from 8-11pm ET maximumthreshold.net

 

Rob of Shattered Sun
Michael Strong and Jeff Blackburn of Maximum Threshold Radio

The Devil Wears Prada Interview

Jungle Rot Interview

Andy LaRocque (King Diamond)

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Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, and Exodus at the Cleveland Agora

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Slayer in Cleveland

Cleveland, OH. –

S  L A Y E R  -yes that is all that is needed to be said to know that if you have attended a Slayer concert in the past you know that is has to be good. Last night 12/2 in Cleveland, OH at the world famous Cleveland Agora venue marked the unprecedented sold out show which hosted the return of bands Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus.

At a time which many may think it is hard to sell out venues or to even draw a crowd it was quite evident that the masses came out in Cleveland last night to witness one of metal’s oldest thrashers. It was a treat to have all three bands on the same bill. A nice mix with Suicidal Tendencies in the middle to break up the thrashing. Plus it also gave Exodus/Slayer guitarist Gary Holt a break between sets.

Exodus

Starting the show was Exodus, with the return of Zetro in the band it brings an older vibe to the band. It sorta loses the attitude that Rob Dukes was known for but it was still a stunning performance by the band. Suicidal Tendencies were on top of their game, from the beginning to the end of their set it was one continuous moshing scene on stage, running from one side to the other. Muir and the guys are phenomenal at what they are able to do and the audience fed right into it without hesitation. Slayer took the stage and from the first note on it was one big fist throwing, head banging body surfing spectacular extravaganza. You know what you are getting at a Slayer show, a nice dose of the older songs mixed in and the audience loved it.

Gary Holt – Exodus/Slayer

Overall: If you are waiting to see one wicked metal show a year or even two please go and see this lineup, it will be well worth it. It was an unforgettable event and hope the metal scene starts to flourish again here in Cleveland.

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Original Thrash Metal Architects EXODUS Get Back to Their Roots – Steve “Zetro” Souza is Back! Statement from Rob Dukes – maximumthreshold.net

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EXODUSthe originators of the thrash metal genre – return to their roots. As announced yesterday via Loudwire, EXODUS proudly welcomes the return of frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza in the wake of former vocalist Rob Dukes’ amicable departure. Souza originally fronted EXODUS from 1986-1993, and again from 2002-2004, donning the mic on classic records like Pleasures of the Flesh, Fabulous Disaster, Impact is Imminent, Good Friendly Violent Fun, and Force of Habit. Souza also appeared on 2004’s Tempo of the Damned.

In a statement, guitarist Gary Holt says, “As a band, we all had to make a very difficult choice to part ways with Rob Dukes. We have nothing but love and admiration for him and the deepest gratitude for the hard work he has put in and the great work on some killer records. But at this time, Tom, Lee, Jack and myself thought a change was necessary and the unanimous choice going forward was to welcome back Steve Souza to the fold!”

Returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza adds, “I spent a great part of my life with EXODUS, that blood flows through me, even not being in the band for the past 10 years, you can’t erase that chemistry. I’m very excited!”

EXODUS are currently working on their eleventh studio album in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap, set to release later this year with Nuclear Blast. Things are moving along smoothly… stay tuned for more details coming soon.

On August 10th, EXODUS will perform at Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Deapeau in Montreal, QC with Slayer, Lamb of God, Hatebreed and more. The band will also appear on select international dates in Germany, Belgium and Columbia this summer, and will pick back up in South America in October. See below for a full listing of current dates.

Domonic Rini, Michael Strong, Rob Dukes and Jeff Blackburn at Rock on the Range

From Rob Dukes Facebook page: I’m no longer the singer of Exodus.”
” I’m grateful for the last 9 years. I’ve had the experience of touring the world playing music. I was just a regular guy, a fan, and I got the chance to front a legendary band while having no prior experience of being a singer. I had no idea what I was doing and made it up as I was going along. It was a great chapter of my life, Im bummed it ended with them, but I have another band Generation Kill. So I will concentrate on that right now and continue to build hotrods and build a car to race in the Baja 1000. I will be riding my motorcycle all over this beautiful country every chance I get, That’s the next chapter of my life. “

Rob Dukes

“We here at Maximum Threshold love Rob to death. He’s a great guy, an awesome frontman and his love for music and his metal. A total class act.  And anyone who says that on the Rock on the Range that Exodus was the best band on the bill and that no one could touch them. He knows what he was talking about! ”  – Dom R

 

 

EXODUS INTERNATIONAL DATES:

7/11 – Balingen, Germany @ Bang Your Head Festival

7/12 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Antwerp Metal Festival

8/10 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy Montreal

8/16 – Bogota, Columbia @ Rock al Parque

10/1 – Belem, Brazil @ Botequim

10/3 – Manaus, Brazil @ Arena Aparecida

10/4 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Carioca Club

10/5 – Porto Alegre @ Opiniao

10/7 – Asuncion, Paraguay @ Kop Town

10/9 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Groove

10/11 – Santiago, Chile @ Club Kmasu Premier

10/12 – Antofagasta, Chile @ TBC

10/14 – Lima, Peru @ Centrica

10/16 – San Jose, Costa Rica @ Pepper’s

10/18 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador

Exodus in the background with Michael Strong and Domonic Rini of Maximum Threshold thrashin out.

Visit EXODUS online atwww.EXODUSATTACK.com.

Like:www.facebook.com/EXODUSATTACK

Follow:Twitter.com/_EXODUS

Watch:www.YouTube.com/EXODUS

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