Exist Immortal‘s Darkness Of An Age is a mix of moody breaks, an emphasis on real vocals (if you don’t know what I mean by that I feel sorry for you) and guitar heroics wed to metal core traits. Meyrick de la Fuente is a skilled crooner with a just shy of mature sounding voice that cuts through the distortion or floats on top of spacier moments. The band endeavor to stand out from the pack of peers scrambling for the metalcore crown who often sound far too similar and for the most part they are successful. My main complaint is that most metal core bands lose regional identity, with a band from Australia or the UK for the most part sounding pretty similar to American bands. At least Exist Immortal are trying to stretch things out, not rely solely on breakdowns and add some guitar flair, dizzying technical flourishes and emotional drive to songs that still have some more generic traits here and there.
Scheduled for an independent re-release February 10, 2015, the group will re-issue, Darkness Of An Age, in North America offering with it a generous helping of bonus material including remixes and re-worked tracks as well as three previously unreleased songs via reputable digital service providers such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify as well as the groups own Bandcamp page.
“Desolace” has an almost Dream Theater meets Deftones coldness to the spacious alt-prog intro that is easilly one of the most interesting passages on the record. I honestly want to hear less screaming from these guys. The stuff I am gravitating to more these days from younger bands is along the lines of Maid Myriad and Wings Denied, bands who don’t rely on the anonymous metalcore screams to augment their tunes. I am not against clean meets scream vocals, but if you are going to do them they need to really feel important to stand out from the literally countless bands doing it. My criticism is that the record is enjoyable and fun while you listen to it, though some of the songs don’t linger too much.”Liberator” featuring Sam Rudderforth of The Colour Line is a catchy exception or my favorite track “Imperator” which churns like unruly waters as October File-esque melodic roaring replaces more generic screams before Meyrick nails a mood perfect pre-chorus. This band has some growing to do but their ambition and talent are already there in spades.