Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CD Review: Exumer Rise From The Ashes, While Job For A Cowboy Become A Metal Powerhouse

Metal Blade Records recently released two highly anticipated heavy metal albums. One is from a thrash metal band that has not released an album in over 24 years; the other is from a rising death metal band that is making a name for themselves in the genre. Both album were released back on April 10th.

The band Exumer became a cult thrash metal band in the late eighties with albums like “Possessed By Fire” and “Rising From The Sea.” With a number of line-up changes, the band performed live only a handful of times before disbanding. They re-joined again briefly for a show in 2001 at the Wacken Open Air Festival. Then, in 2008, original members Mem V. Stein and guitarist Ray Mensh decided to resurrect the band from the ashes to make a new album entitled “Fire & Damnation.”

Beginning with the title song, you instantly notice that the band has not lost their touch after 20 plus years. Their thrash metal roots run deep as they bring their songwriting experiences to the pulse pounding “Vermin In The Sky” and “Waking The Fire.” The band brings an evilness to their music with “A New Morality” and “Fallen Saint,” but the musicians that Stein and Mensh surrounded themselves with are at the top of their game. The album closes with the brutal assault of “Tribal Furies,” which leaves you to wonder why it took so long for this band to make their comeback.

Exumer are hitting the shores of South America in June, but hopefully more dates will announced in other parts of the world. For more information and a complete list of tour dates, please visit the band’s myspace page (http://www.myspace.com/exumerwakingthefire).

American death metal band Job For A Cowboy is hoping that their new album “Demonocracy” continues the band’s rise to success that their first two albums began. The new nine song album should please long time fans, as well as making new fans notice Job For A Cowboy as one of the premier death metal bands in the world.

The album begins with the quick, “in your face” attack of “Children Of Deceit” that lays it all out as to what this band represents in the music industry. The band on “Nourishment Through Bloodshed” puts all they can into three and half minutes as they display some of the best playing on the album. Jonny Davy’s vocals become the focus of songs like “Imperial Wolves” and “Black Discharge” as he steps up his talents on this album. The album finishes with the six-plus minute dark, gloom metal sound of “Tarnished Gluttony.”

Job For A Cowboy are just wrapping up their 10-month, 30 date tour on the 2012 Metal Alliance Tour. They have a couple of appearances scheduled in Puerto Rico and Canada. For a complete list of tour dates and information on the new album, check out the band’s facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/jobforacowboy).

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