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Review: Exumer - Fire & Damnation
Fire & Damnation

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 33:26
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: April 14, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
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Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (16 Votes)

Since everyone and their grandma's dog are reigniting the flames of their old bands it shouldn't come as much surprise that German thrashers Exumer are back with a brand spanking new album. Exumer are one of those thrash bands from the 80's that never quite took off like they maybe should have, although the band definitely have a cult following, and most serious thrashers will have at least heard their lauded debut album.

I was never completely sold on Exumer, and whilst I won't deny that they are good, I didn't like them as much as others. Here on Fire & Damnation they pick up from where they left off in terms of quality, although the sound is a lot more modern. Think along the lines of modern day Testament and Exodus and you will have a good idea of how Exumer sound. The material here is without a doubt good, but I think it remains at that point. There isn't much on offer to see the band rise up and above their competition, but in saying that I would rather listen to this than a good handful of the newer thrash bands.

Just over half an hour and ten tracks is the score, and all these tracks are raging bouts of thrash metal. This is aggressive, and the production has that modern gloss which should increase the appeal to more casual metal fans. The performances are good, and the lead playing is particularly good fun. Little more need be said here, fans of modern Exodus will definitely want to grab a copy of this, and those who particularly enjoy the modern side of the thrash spectrum will want this too. A good release, but hardly spectacular.

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Interview with vocalist Mem von Stein on December 4, 2016 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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