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Upstate NY's Surmiser are a grunge, hard rock and post punk marriage who play every note with the conviction of lifers who have long since given up the notion of turning back. The band is an excellent power trio and have just released their buzzed about latest effort Hold The Static. Songs about depression, addiction and self assessment pair with focused but inspired soul eruptions that take you on a journey through a wide range of emotions. Surmiser are very much worth checking out, constantly working on ways to expand their impact and body of songs to mirror their experiences into something representative to their values in sonic form.
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Exmortus are preparing to hit the road at the end of the month in support of the new album.
Special guests The Absence and Hatchet will join the tour, dubbed the Summer of Steel tour, as well as regional favorites – Novareign, Immortal Guardian, Black Fast and label mates MICAWBER on select dates.
The Sound of Steel was produced by Zack Ohren (Machine Head, Fallujah, Suffocation).
Check out a full list of tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Exmortus tour and album news! Rejoice ye thrash addicted maniacs! Some very cool news to share!
But first, well…today has been pretty cool so far. Florence and the Machine announced a North American Tour, Roseanne got her racist tweeting ass dropped by ABC, the very vindicated Ms. Taylor Swift is about to play Chicago and kick major ass right as KimYe put their feet in their mouths so hard they are being dragged by the whole damn city and Donda’s House dropped TrumpYe’s mom’s name since he is so fake (maybe Taylor can donate when she visits town and save the day. That would be fitting tea).
I just got a copy of Rational Mysticism by John Horgan and despite being out of herbs I can’t complain too much on this sunny day. Seems a perfect time to help share the news about some caustic, face ripping metal to all you loyal hordes who don’t care about my forays into politics and pop culture. You know I never forget the headbangers and reanimated denim wearing skeletons over here at Metal Riot, right? Even though my gf has ensorcelled me into listening to Red everyday and now I think it rules. Whatever, y’know what? I love Taylor and she never agreed to be called a bitch and have her likeness used in “Famous” distastefully or have a braggart take credit for her hard earned career.
But yes, even though I am now a fully indoctrinated Swiftie, I still love the charred ruin of thrash blasted skulls and thus am pleased as punch to share this Exmortus news!
EXMORTUS will hit the road this summer headlining The Summer of Steel Tour! Featuring support from The Absence and Hatchet alongside Immortal Guardian, Black Fast and label mates Micawber (who fucking destroy and who I have been bumping loudly to scare my neighbors into thinking I am a complete serial killer who switches back and forth between Taylor and death metal between bong rips) on select shows; EXMORTUS will embark on tour dates across North America beginning June 28th in San Diego.
“We are stoked to unleash The Sound of Steel upon North America this Summer! This is our first headlining tour and we’re honored to have within our ranks: The Absence and Hatchet, as well as special regional guests — Novareign, Immortal Guardian, Black Fast and Micawber. So, come and have your minds melted by the new tunes as well as old favorites! See you soon!” says EXMORTUS founder, vocalist & guitarist Conan.
More info BELOW.Add to My Radar
California thrash metallers Warbringer are preparing to tear across North America. The tour will start January 5 at the Gramercy Theatre.
Check out a comment from vocalist John Kevill and the full list of tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Exmortus return with Ride Forth, another powerful team up between the band and Prosthetic Records. From a razor edged cover of Beethoven’s “Apassionata” that would make The Great Kat and Bill & Ted of Wyld Stallyns proud to rugged and rowdy thrash originals with grimy yowls that invigorate with the same battle hardened intensity you’d expect from Skeletonwitch or the much missed crimson screams of early 3 Inches Of Blood.
“Black Sails” is a mid paced march that really stands out, the band a single entity of undeniable dueling guitars, melodic veined fiery runs and drumming that pumps you up and holds things together. Exmortus always get me charged up and wanting to go jog up a mountain. “For The Horde” is one of the fastest tunes from the group yet, a lightning blur of guitars that swipe like the downward killing stroke of a vorpal blade. It’s easy to envision the ramparts, just sayin’.
“Let Us Roam” is another favorite, the band really allowing themselves to cut loose with the shred but with an emphasis on cool songwriting arrangements and strong vocal engagement that deifies the grasp of some tech death bands, for example. Perhaps it is the thrashier influence at the heart of these also very classic heavy metal influenced tunes that invigorates rather than the distraction that comes with tech death in knowing that you could be listening to classic old school death metal and it would probably be better (though I love some tech stuff like Revocation and Fallujah bigtime). “Fire and Ice” gives Evile a run for their money with a very Metallica-tastic intro before a super medieval tinged gallop ensues, just an epic metal treat for fans of this stuff.
Verdict is once again Exmortus fans shall behold triumph.
As many readers of my bloody quill scribbles know, I tend to prefer to write about bands I like then give more press to bands I think suck or who are assholes, unless they have personally wronged me in which case I will take them to task with a vengeance. Exmortus are a band I have zero complaints about and they seem to be quite diehard, just out there to kick ass and support metal’s growth like Battlecross, Napalm Death or other bands who live to tour and hit it hard and true with a stake through the heart of poseurs.
Exmortus are one of my favorites in the modern metal scene and I can firmly get behind their sentiments in “Death To Tyrants”. a killer new Ride Forth track which has a new lyric video premiering at Revolver HERE. The Exmortus bunch are sounding ever more Skeletonwitchy meets Exodus to me, but it aint like that is a bad thing at all. The song has the same name as one of the best newer Sick Of It All albums but we’ll let that slide this time.
Basically, if only this song came with donuts it would be perfect.
Be one of the first 300 customers to pre-order “Ride Forth” on CD, LP (black, red or smoke variants) or bundled with a t-shirt, long sleeve or zip-up hoodie from the Prosthetic webshop and you’ll receive a phone call from one of the band members! Order it now: http://store.prostheticrecords.com/bands/exmortus
The Los Angeles-based, neoclassical metal-inspired extreme shred quartet EXMORTUS will further their claim that “metal is king” in early 2016 with their blistering new album, Ride Forth. The menacing cover for the new release – featuring oil-painted artwork by the legendary Philip Lawvere (Kreator, Celtic Frost), who previously contributed his epic artistry to the band’s critically-acclaimed 2014 label debut, Slave To The Sword – can be seen above.
“Ride Forth” was recorded earlier this year with producer Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Immolation) before the group hit the road alongside guitar legend Marty Friedman on his recent North American tour. More details about the new album will be revealed in the coming weeks.Add to My Radar
Further cementing their status as one of the forerunners of heavy metal’s up-and-coming regime, the neoclassical-influenced extreme shred quartet EXMORTUS recently finished an epic month-long trek across North America with legendary guitarist Marty Friedman. The band will continue to showcase their “fantastic guitar style and blistering musicanship” (Metal Assault) on their sophomore release for Prosthetic Records, Ride Forth! Scheduled for release in early 2016, Ride Forth was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, Calif. with Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Immolation), who also helmed the band’s critically lauded 2014 label debut Slave to the Sword.
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“On the rare occasion that I stop and think I about it, I realize I’ve done an insane thing: I left a successful international band to concentrate my efforts on the domestic music scene of a country thousands of miles from my home. Different culture, different language, different planet. Since I went to Japan, so many Americans have supported me, and while many doubted I would ever play live in my homeland again, now it’s happening. Choosing the setlist and doing prep for this tour has been a blast. Words can not describe how excited I am about finally touring North America!”
We here at Metal Riot could not be more stoked for Marty to stop down in the States and spank the new school pups with his insane chops. My favorite Megadeth guitarist ever, for sure. And Exmortus as well are along for the ride!Add to My Radar
Legendary thrash metal act, Flotsam and Jetsam, are set to return to the road this summer with thrash newcomers, Exmortus, along with be San Francisco’s Hatchet as the opening act. “No Place On Tour 2014” will begin on July 9th in Hollywood, CA at the world famous Whisky a Go Go and wraps up at Club Red in Mesa, AZ on July 19th. The full list of dates are available below.
Drummer Kelly Smith comments: “We are psyched to be hitting the west coast again in support of both Ugly Noise and No Place for Disgrace (2014). Coming right off the summer festivals in Europe we will be fired up and ready to shred. With the addition of Steve Conley(F5) and the return of Michael Spencer it promises to be a killer show.”
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In case readers of a site called Metal Riot needed reminding, metal is king. Exmortus are back to cement the message into your skull with one foot on your chest, one hand throwing horns and the other hand dancing across frets. This is music to shake the foundations. While the Cali thrash band manage to create a great racket on Slave To The Sword, they aren’t reinventing the wheel. This is battle metal gruff vocals married to some Maiden gallop and some brilliant guitar solo wizardry. Simply put, this is metal for metal’s sake. Exmortus are keeping alive the ancient (several decades old, haha) traditions of heavy metal while enjoying themselves immensely. There is nothing here as groundbreaking as, for example, Prosthetic labelmate’s Shining’s black jazz rebellion (sure to offend any elderly neighbors or my roommate who loves dance music), but Exmortus still matter. Does it really harm the world to have another great thrash band? Of course not! It makes life better!
“Warrior Of The Night” arrives midway through this repeat listenable shred platter and is an easy standout of brightly toned note flexing power. The song exemplifies everything right about Exmortus, with grit and skill very evident. The band make sure the album inspires you to headbang all throughout and it is very easy to keep the thing on and not skip tracks. The vocals are somewhat reminiscent of Skeletonwitch, though with more emphasis on warriors than the general darkness that infests most of that band’s material. Fans of everything from Revocation to Untimely Demise will love Exmortus.
I was reading the opening of Robert Jordan’s final Wheel of Time co-authored entry A Memory of Light and the hardened sounds of this band really lent itself to the images of a weary battle commander Talmanes stumbling around as his wounds infested with a suckli, cursed darkness from a blade rancid with evil. Exmortus are not in any sense going to shock you, but they certainly make good metal. I bet the band is honestly much better live, because this energy is sure to adrenalize, though that is not meant as a slight to the record. They do throw in a cover of “Moonlight Sonata” that would make classical shredstress The Great Kat proud enough to not enslave them, so that’s cool.
Click HERE for the full review.