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Review: Excuse - Path to Extinction
Path to Extinction

Label: Independent
Year released: 2013
Duration: 25:33
Tracks: 7
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: June 27, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Path to Extinction

Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

If you see some young fellows wearing Sepultura (Beneath the Remains), Stone, Onslaught (The Force), Bathory (Bathory) and Judas Priest (Screaming for Vengeance) shirts and at the same time appear to be desperately trying to grow their hair long and moustaches as thick as possible, you'd check them out, right? Excuse is such a band and is crawling out of the Hell-sinki, Finland underground scene.

Excuse came into existence back in 2009 and since then they have recorded one 4-track demo and one 7-track CD-EP, both in 2013. The latter one introduces a young Thrash Metal band that is full of the enthusiasm and energy to play Thrash Metal on a raw, frantic and aggressive level. Excuse has a decidedly underground sound and in some way reminds me of the tape-trading days of the mid/late eighties. These young Finnish thrashers try to emulate the kind of sound and vibe that albums like Kreator's Endless Pain, Metallica's Kill 'em All and Exodus' Bonded by Blood had and that made them great albums of their time. However, Excuse only manages get their Thrash-train steaming halfway from the station as they lack creativity. To their credit, I confess they do know how to thrash and they seem to have tons of fun doing so. They need to put more focus on the production as well because Path to Extinction sounds amateurish and low-fi. Better production would definitely make a difference.

On a more positive note vocalist and guitarist Oskar Lindström sounds a lot like Jeff Becerra of Possessed with a bit of Paul Baloff (R.I.P.) from Exodus, which I find very cool. Excuse's mean and riff-orientated old school Thrash Metal already has some of the right ingredients for a real kick-ass album and I guess we just have to wait a bit longer to find out whether these young lads will grow a bigger, hairier set of balls for their next release. I expect nothing less than some ballsy, in-yer-face Thrash Metal and will not be satisfied with anything less!

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