Sons Of Exile - Existence EP.
The Chopmeister extends thanks to the band's lead guitarist Luke
for the initial contact and interest in Chopmusic, and also to
the band's representative, John, for the copy of the CD. Cheers
Overall thoughts are positive. Musicianship is good, the band are
tight and the songwriting is good. My real concern regards the production
which I feel needs a tweak. Bass is fine, you could argue it's too
high in the mix, but I like the bounce and groove this adds to the
total sound. Vocals are fine but maybe need slightly more edginess
or bite. Guitar work is ok, but could sound punchier and the tone
isn't quite right to my ears and I would like to have heard a bit
more shredding. Drums are the real problem, sludgy with a thin snare
sound, they need to be far crisper. Having said that with the right
engineer I'm sure these songs would all work well live and sound
suitably vicious. Playing time is 13m 33s and it doesn't feel it
which is always a good sign. One for me to keep an eye on, interested
to hear how it will work live. All things considered a promising
- My Requiem. Enormous opening riff paves
the way for the track to start out as a fast thrasher with modern
extreme values. Vocals initially reminded me of Testament legend
Chuck Billy before they get progressively more aggressive. The
bass is very prominent in the mix and to a degree this works.
Good basslines give this track a good underlying groove/pulse.
The slower minimalist section works well and is very powerful.
The bass then picks things up and a well executed scream leads
to a return to the ferocity coupled with quality barked vocals.
This track blisters along and is a worthy opener.
- Hostile. Quiet before the storm subdued
guitar and bass intro explodes into brutal riff with another
quality scream. This one is a lot more restrained overall, vocals
are less extreme and the song has a lot of subtle, yet effective,
tempo changes. Don't misunderstand me this is still a heavy
track and has an underlying feeling of menace throughout. The
groove is there again, another thumbs up.
- Scream Your Lungs Out For Me. Starts out
as a fast thrasher, looking forward to seeing this one live!
Should be a pit-starter. Vocals in chorus are more in the punk/hardcore
mould. Slower section is potent and the band again develop considerable
power and menace. Bass again has a nice bounce. End dragged
slightly for me, I would re-work this one fractionally shorter.
Then again live, and probably slightly quicker, this negative
should be removed. Solid ending.