If there’s one thing I absolutely love about music it would have to be the creative and new sounds you discover upon hearing new music. Being a musician myself, I always try to keep an open mind when hearing a new genre of music, whether it be metal, rock, rap or even pop, I’m always going to give it a fair shot! How else would I discover something new that I like?
I put my hand up to check out Exmortus, a band I had never heard of before with the hopes of finding some new and exciting music to add to my every day playlist. Before we dive into their latest album, ‘The Sound Of Steel’, let’s read a little bit about Exmortus.
Based in Los Angeles, the neo-classical band was founded by guitarist and vocalist Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez and, as stated in their biography, “One can say the sound of steel injected Conan at an early age. Born into a family of musicians, he grew up listening to his grandparents sing and play guitar, while his father and uncle both were in rock and metal bands. At just 5 years old, his father took him to watch his uncle play in a death metal band at the Whisky.” Citing their influences as “ALL THAT IS METAL” I was expecting some good old raw heavy metal, and while this album is heavy… I was left rather disappointed, and here’s why.
‘The Sound Of Steel’ starts with Make Haste, and when it first hit, I was excited to hear an incredibly strong opening with promising guitar work, only to be greeted by what I would describe as boring monotone-growled vocals with absolutely no power behind them. The instrumentals of this track are definitely interesting and require much skill, however, four minutes of what sounded like the same thing over and over again really takes its toll.
Second, we have Feast Of Flesh which starts off with a classic, cool-sounding thrashy guitar riff before heading into an honestly generic sounding shredding solo. I like my crazy guitar solos, but not when it sounds exactly like 80% of the guitar work from the previous song. Overall, there are some cool licks in this track but everything mostly sounds the same.
Into The Maw Of Hell much like the others opens with some really cool guitar work, only to be ruined with monotonous vocals and repetitive music. Although I must add that there is a riff change halfway through that was quite refreshing, but other than that, there’s not much else to say.
In all honesty, the rest of this album just sounds the same. To The Ends Of The Earth started with an awesome drum solo but then quickly turned into the same song I’ve been listening to for the last ten minutes.
A Minor Instrumental is up next, and you wouldn’t believe it, but I actually really like this one. While the guitar work doesn’t really differ from the rest of the album, the lack of vocals is extremely pleasant.
Onto the next is Strength And Honour, this one seemed a bit more promising, but unfortunately, to no surprise, I hear what sounds like the exact same guitar solo featured in the other songs and boring vocals. Although this one features some incredible falsetto vocals which I’ll happily give an extra point for.
Turn The Tide… hmm… I feel like I have definitely heard this song seven times now.
Definitely one of the good songs on this album is Tempest. This one is certainly the most creative and unique really giving off that “neo-classical” vibe that the band seemed to be going for. If you’re going to listen to anything off this album, make sure it’s this one.
The last two tracks are Riders Of Doom and Victory Or Death! Like I mentioned at the start of this review, I try to give everything a fair chance. But I honestly was relieved when this album finally ended.
I personally would not recommend ‘The Sound Of Steel’ to anyone… however, I understand that there are people out there who would be a fan of this kind of thing and I strongly encourage you to go and listen to this album yourself and create your own opinion of it rather than take my word for it.
Purchase ‘The Sound Of Steel’ here!