Exmortus’ Prosthetic Records Debut Is 2014’s First Great Metal Record

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Exmortus releases this week its debut album for its new label, Prosthetic Records. The band’s new album, titled Slave to the Sword is not the band’s first album.  It is in fact the third full length studio release from the Whittier, California based metal act.  But being the first for its new label, this latest release is one heck of a first impression for the band’s new bosses. As a matter of fact, Slave to the Sword is in this critic’s ears, the first truly great metal record of 2014.  One needs listen to this record just one time to figure out why it is deserving of this title.  Right from the opening assault of ‘Rising’, the band’s members show just how much they have honed their craft over the course of two previous releases to create this new metal masterpiece. The album’s opener is just the tip of the iceberg…sword?…for the band on this record.  ‘Immortality Made Flesh’ and the band’s full on power metal cover of composer Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata (Act 3)’ show just how much Exmortus’ members have grown in terms of their talent up to this point.  As impressive as these pieces are, they are just pieces of the whole that any purist metalhead will appreciate from Exmortus on this its third album.  Every listener will find his or her own favorite song(s) when they pick up Slave to the Sword for themselves.

Exmortus opens its new album fittingly with the song ‘Rising.’  Vocalist Conan screams ominously over the full on shredding attack of guitarist David Rivera, “Welcome/To the realm of darkness/We are anxious for your blood/Rising/From the depths we crawl/Rising/To devour all.” Conan’s vocal style is interesting.  It’s interesting because believe it or not, even with the growl, it doesn’t come across like that of so many other vocalists’ sounds that are little more than the standard cookie monster growl.  Rivera’s full throttle shredding is a nice addition, too.  Instead of the standard down-tuned, crunching guitars that seem to dominate so much of the metal community today, one can almost see smoke coming from Rivera’s fingers as they make their way up and down the neck of his guitar.  One need not even physically see Rivera play to be able to pick up on his talent.  Of course drummer Mario Moreno is well worth mentioning here, too along with bassist Jovanni Perez.  Moreno’s chops are incredibly solid throughout the course of the song’s near four-minute run time.  His timekeeping throughout the song is solid as a rock, even with all of the runs that he executes. And Perez is right there with Moreno, neither man missing a single note or beat.  The unit as a whole combines throughout the entire piece to make ‘Rising’ feel like a perfect opener both on record and in a live setting.

‘Rising’ is a fitting starting point for Exmortus on this record.  That’s because it shows without a shadow of a doubt that this band is indeed rising in the ranks of the metal world.  It proves this even more as it powers its way through the album’s third track, ‘Immortality Made Flesh.’  This single is available now for download from the Prosthetic Records online store at http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/item/23123.  This track stands out so well because it exhibits much the same power from the band that is displayed through the album’s opener.  The difference between the two is that the energy established in ‘Rising’ is stepped up tenfold in this full throttle speed/thrash opus.  There is in this song, more of a sense of urgency in David Rivera’s performance here for lack of better wording.  Conan’s dark Amon Amarth style lyrics and vocals are just as strong, too.  So much more could be noted.  Simply put, their talent set alongside that of their band mates makes this song one of the highest of highs on this record.

‘Immortality Made Flesh’ is one of the highest points on Exmortus’ new record.  There is at least one more song that is more than deserving of being called a high point, though.  That song is the band’s amped up cover of composer Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata (Act 3).’  Conan gets to give his vocals arrest on this piece while his band mates get the chance to shine more than ever.  Its collective talent instantly conjures thoughts of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s album, Beethoven’s Last Night and of other amped up covers from the band.  It truly shows the band’s talent and its versatility more than any other song included on this album.  So it comes as no wonder that it has been chosen as the band’s latest single.  It’s just one more of so many outstanding tracks that make this record again, the first truly great metal record of 2014.

The band is currently touring in support of Slave to the Sword.  Fans in North Carolina will get to experience music from the band’s new album live when it comes to The Milestone in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 10th.  Exmortus’ most current tour schedule, news and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/exmortusofficial.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Exmortus Streaming New Single Online, Starts Tour Tonight

Photo Credit: Stephanie Cabral

Photo Credit: Stephanie Cabral

Exmortus is more than just another metal band.  The band’s members prove that on Slave to the Sword, its Prosthetic Records debut, that they are quite the talented individuals.  The band covers the famed Third Movement of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Serenade’ on its new record.   The song can be streamed online now via Invisible Oranges at http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2014/01/song-debut-exmortus-moonlight-sonata-third-movement/.  The album will be released in its entirety Tuesday, February 4th.  Audiences can pre-order the album now via the Prosthetic Records online store at http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/item/24154.  It can be pre-ordered on CD and even audio cassette as well as 12-inch vinyl in special packages that will also include an exclusive t-shirt featuring the album’s artwork.  The album’s artwork was crafted by artist Philip Lawvere (Celtic Frost, Kreator).

The vinyl pressings of Slave to the Sword will be available in exclusive mail-order only black and blood red variants.  Fans can get a look at the special blood-red variant below.

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

The special vinyl package includes a download card and color insert.  Only 110 copies of the vinyl album will be pressed.

Exmortus kicks off a tour in support of Slave to the Sword today.  The tour kicks off tonight at The Juke Joint in Anaheim, California.  Dark Tranquility and Omnium Gatherum will join Exmortus for the first leg of the tour (Jan. 23rd – March 2nd).  Lich King comes on board for the second leg of Exmortus’ tour (March 7th – March 23rd).  That leg of the tour includes a chance for fans in North Carolina to catch the band live.  The band will perform live at The Milestone in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 11th.  And the third leg of the tour (March 25th – April 14th) will see both Destruction an Krisiun join up as supporting acts.  The band’s complete tour itinerary is listed below.

EXMORTUS WINTER/SPRING 2014 TOUR

with Dark Tranquility & Omnium Gatherum
(# Exmortus ONLY)
1/23 Anaheim, CA – The Juke Joint (NAMM after-party with Mobile Deathcamp, Night Demon, etc.)
1/27 Tucson, AZ- The Rock #
1/28 El Paso, TX- Larry O’s Lounge #
1/29 Laredo, TX – Cold Brew Rock Bar #
1/30 New Orleans, LA – Siberia #
2/1 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
2/2 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
2/3 New York, NY – Stage 48
2/4 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
2/5 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
2/6 Quebec City, QC – Dagobert
2/7 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
2/8 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
2/9 London, ON – London Concert Theatre
2/10 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
2/11 Columbus, OH – The Shrunken Head
2/12 Joliet, IL – Mojoes 22
2/13 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
2/14 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
2/15 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
2/17 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
2/18 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
2/19 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
2/20 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
2/21 Las Vegas, NV – LVCS
2/22 West Hollywood,CA – House of Blues
2/23 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
2/25 Dallas, TX – Trees
2/26 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
2/28 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards
3/1 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
3/2 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero

with Lich King
3/7 New York, NY- Blackhorn 51
3/8 Trenton, NJ- Backstage at Clamps
3/9 Richmond, VA- Strange Matter
3/10 Charlotte, NC- The Milestone
3/11 Columbia, SC- New Brookland Tavern
3/12 Savannah, GA- Dollhouse Productions
3/13 Jacksonville, FL- Atticus Bar
3/14 Miami,FL- Churchill’s Pub
3/15 Tampa, FL- The Brass Mug
3/17 Johnson City,TN- The Hideaway
3/18 Pittsburgh, PA – Howlers Coyote Cafe
3/19 Columbus, OH- Ace of Cups
3/20 Cleveland, OH- Now That’s Class
3/21 Rochester, NY- The Bug Jar
3/22 Florence,MA – JJ’s Tavern

with Destruction & Krisiun
3/25 Austin, TX @ Infest
3/26 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
3/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
3/28 Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
3/29 Anaheim, CA @ Mirror Image
3/30 W. Hollywood, CA @ Whisky-A-Go-Go
4/1 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/2 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/3 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
4/4 Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
4/5 Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
4/7 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
4/8 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
4/9 Des Moines, IA @ Woolys
4/10 Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club
4/11 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
4/12 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
4/13 Quebec, QC @ Complexe Meduse
4/14 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques

More information on Exmortus, its upcoming Prosthetic Records debut, tour and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/exmortusofficial.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Dark Tranquility re-sign with Century Media

Long-time Century Media band Dark Tranquility has officially resigned with the extreme metal label.  Dark Tranquility is one of the bands that helped to establish the Gothenburg sound as a leader in rock.  The band’s re-signing marks the third time that the band has re-signed with Century Media since the release of its Centry Media debut, “Projector” (1999).

The band said of this new milestone, “After such a long history together, we’re more confident than ever that Century media is the perfect working partner for DARK TRANQUILLITY. In a climate where a lot of record labels are weighed down by cynicism or have just plain given up in the face of the rapidly changing industry climate, Century media are still enthusiastic and forward thinking and take huge pride in releasing great music that matters. Here’s to another 13 years!”

Dark Tranquility will head out on tour across Europe beginning May 2nd in Ankara, Turkey.  Its tour will include performance dates on this year’s Metalfest tour in early June.  Those dates will be followed by a handful of dates in Sweden, Germany, France, and the Czech Republic. 

More information on Dark Tranquility is available online at http://www.darktranquility.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/dtofficial, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dtofficial, and on Myspace at http://www.myspace.com/dtofficial.