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Lex Talionis (intro)
Ignorance is Bliss
Fairytale of Perversion
Share my Pain (Stalingrad)
Tool of God
11. The Bitsa
Tom ’Welhaven’ Wahl
Produced by Rune Stavnesli (KEEP OF KALESSIN, BLOODTHORN) and
mixed/mastered by Dan Swanö, the CD does features guest appearances
from Andy La Rocque (KING DIAMOND) and Dan Swanö (ex-EDGE OF SANITY,
BLOODBATH, NIGHTINGALE). The artwork was created by Ed Repka (DEATH,
|review by Matthew Haumschild___|
Ed Repka and Dan Swanö.
There were two things that caught my eye when I was looking at a list of
music for me to review when Exeloume popped up. Ed Repka and Dan Swanö.
Ed Repka drew the album cover Megadeth’s iconic, “Peace Sells..But
Who’s Buying” record, amongst other album covers. And Dan Swanö
played drums on Katatonia’s, “Tonight’s Decision” album and
produced Opeth’s “Morningrise” album. Not to mention, Andy LaRoque,
of King Diamond fame, plays a few leads on a couple of songs. I wished I
knew which ones. Just with
those people associating themselves with this band and record, I thought
I’d give it a listen.
Exeloume had been described to me as an 80’s style thrash band.
Which is what exactly? Anthrax? Megadeth? Testament? I can say for sure
that this band has aspects of that, but they have a more modern tone to
them. The singing on this record isn’t singing, it’s not growling
but it does sound evil enough for metal. I really liked how,
“Fairytale of Perversion,” began with its heavy non-ominous
introduction. I feel like the band, “came out swinging” with “Lex
Talionis (intro).” It was a classic metal introduction. Mid-paced yet,
heavier than hell. It might have been my iTunes, but I think the
transition to “Blind Billions,” could have been better. I guess if I
had the CD to this, it would have been a bit different. “Blind
Billions” is a classic sounding metal song worthy to be heard by all.
It’s the type of track anyone could be speeding down the road to after
a hard day at work or a Friday night. It’s fast, it’s a little
catchy, it’s dark but not dreary, and the guitar solos sound awesome.
If I could compare it to anything, it’d be to a Testament song but
with a special twist to it.
Other songs of note, “Faceless Children” has this horror
movie sound to it. It’s hard to explain. It sounds like something I
could see in an 80’s horror movie. It’s evil sounding yet it has
some very distinct 80’s sounding, high-pitched guitar harmonies to it.
It’s worth listening to for the nice time changes and tonal
It’s now time for the criticism. The album is all heavy, hard,
dark, everything that a metal album should be. Not all songs are fast or
slow, the temp varies, which is nice, but it’s all played in the same
key. The technical aspects of all the players are excellent, but after a
while it started sounding the same except for those first few songs. In
all honesty, it was a little boring. Not the whole album mind you, but
there were parts where guitar riffs started sounding alike from other
tracks only a few steps up the fret board.
I hate saying these things because, for someone who lives for
thrash, this is a fucking sick record. For someone, who loves the
metal genre, who wants to go back to its 80’s roots, this is a
fantastic record. For me, I need more tracks with a few more hooks. My
advice for the band, experiment with different vocal structures in
conjunction with starts and stops with the music.
written by Matthew Haumschild
is a staff writer/editor for
gryphonmetal.ch since 2002
He is based out of
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