|Review: Exitus - Undead|
Year released: 2019
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: July 10, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
There are five bands called Exitus listed on Metal-Archives, but this one comes from the Czech Republic. Despite releasing their debut EP in 2019, the band was actually formed in 1989 but disbanded in 1991 due to military service before reforming in 2018, and that helps to explain why this sounds so similar to big names from the time like Testament and Kreator. It might also explain why this is both very professional and relentlessly energetic, as this band has the kind of hunger and drive you'd expect from some kids in the '80s who wanted to fucking Thrash and never got the chance until now. The guitar work is absolutely excellent on this, with Vladan Pražák and Víťa Ferenčák churning out killer riffs all over the place, and they're backed up nicely by a rock-solid rhythm section of drums and bass that lets them keep thrashing without a break in the proceedings. Singer Ondřej Kanaláš is a hell of a find, as his semi-grunted style is akin to a less barbaric Max Cavelera, and it complements the band's powerful and technical sound perfectly. I could go on all day about why this EP rules, but frankly, if songs like the title track and the killer "Desire for Suicide" do not do it for you, no Thrash ever will. About 30 years in the making, and worthy of every minute.
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