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Review: Exmortus - The Sound of Steel
The Sound of Steel

Label: Prosthetic Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 42:19
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death/Thrash


Review online: June 9, 2018
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (9 Votes)

From the bloody battlegrounds, stained by the fogs of war and the stench of battle, and forged by the fires of the True Metal anvil, emerged in 2002 a group of warriors who pay homage to giants such as Beethoven, Bach and the entire concept of blood-sworn, epic and majestic Heavy Metal by playing...Technical Thrash/Death?

As weird as it may seem, Exmortus' weapon of choice of being a Technical Thrash/Death band that relies on Neoclassical shredding and well-crafted instrumentals works really well, and the Californians have been shocking the masses since their great debut In Hatred's Flame (2008). Tracks like "Make Haste", "Riders of Doom" and "Turn the Tide" show sheer energy from Jadran "Conan" Gonzalez, whose harsh vocals manage to give the songs a savage-like aura, and the guitar work in these are especially brutal. Fast-paced songwriting and crafty musicianship mix together to form a highly frantic and energetic experience, kind of a mix between Children of Bodom, Sodom and Manowar.

With some decent songwriting and bursting with technicality, Exmortus once again have succeeded on making quality Metal, despite the constant shredding and the eventual exaggerated display of virtuosity slowing down the dynamic a little bit. The songs are so fun, though, that even two instrumental tracks could be inserted easily without making the album lose quality, and the overdose of neoclassical instrumental is elegantly shadowed by the insane amounts of Metal here.

More about Exmortus...
Review: In Hatred's Flame (reviewed by Hermer Arroyo)
Review: In Hatred's Flame (reviewed by Lars Christiansen)
Review: Ride Forth (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Slave to the Sword (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Interview with vocalist and guitarist Jadran "Conan" Gonzalez on June 10, 2014 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with vocalist and guitarist Jadran "Conan" Gonzalez on June 17, 2017 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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