Exmortus
In Hatred's Flame


4.5
superb

Review

by Grant Hunter USER (76 Reviews)
August 17th, 2007 | 38 replies | 6,870 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A stunning display of technical ability, "In Hatred's Flame" is an album that fans of metal will rejoice to.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

I won’t profess to have any knowledge of what “neo-classical thrash metal” actually is, but if that’s what indeed ExMortus is, then I stand impressed. I had never even heard of the genre before these guys, which leads me to believe they thought of it on their own. What it boils down to in the end though, however, is that these guys can play, and that’s all that counts.

Another emerging band from the newly rising death/thrash scene, ExMortus’s calling card isn’t being overly heavy, or being murder-oriented, but by being exceptionally adept at their instruments. Their full length, “In Hatred’s Flame”, reeks of technicality and incredible achievement. Nearly every song is covered in mini-solos from guitarists Tak and Conan, not to mention unorthodox and impressive drumming by Mario. Truth be told, there are hints of neo-classical on here, which then makes their new genre sound even more rightfully titled.

Kicking off with the title track, “In Hatred’s Flame” releases a salvo of pulverizing riffs that are connected by solo-like fills (which is mainly where their neo-classical influence is shown) and Balmore’s death metal oriented frantic screams. It doesn’t take long to see just how talented Tak and Conan are, since about a minute into the song you come across the first of many intense short solos that grace this album with their appearance. “Triumph By Fire”, which may just be the best metal song of 2007, features some of the most insane guitar fills in thrash history. Mix that in with Mario’s crazed short drum solo and Balmore’s constant wails of “Triumph by fire!”, and you’ve got yourself a definite head-banger. The rest of the songs follow in similar suit, such as the melody-infused instrumental shredder “Axes of War”, or the hammer-pounding thrash assaults “War Gods” and “Onward to Battle”. The closer, “Storms”, is destined from the start to snap some necks with its heavier tone.

Most of ExMortus’s material centers around battle, which is often complimented by blistering solos. Balmore constantly teams up with Tak and Conan to deliver a truly unique, frenzied experience. While he screams out “Up off your selfishness and in your damned throne, For your betrayal you are plagued to burn!”, he’s meet by ferocious riffing and complex fills. While Balmore’s vocals are certainly a strong point, it’s Tak and Conan who constantly deliver a Godly performance. This can easily be summed up on one song: “Onward To Battle”, which features Tak and Conan not trading off, but soloing at the same time! If that’s not metal, then nothing is.

If anything plagues this album, it’s the actual length of it, since there are only 7 tracks. While each of those tracks is worth a ton of listens, overtime you’ll find yourself wishing for 2 or 3 more. Along with that, Balmore’s bass isn’t as dominated as most would like it to be, as it takes a backseat to the guitars and drums. It’s not really that big of deal, but if Balmore can follow Tak and Conan along, it’d be wicked to hear him bust out some fills of his own.

“In Hatred’s Flame” is a phenomenal debut hands down, and it clearly shows that ExMortus has a future ahead of them. The guitar work is some of the most impressive I’ve ever come across in a long time, and mix that in with great drumming and solid vocal work and you’ve got yourself an album that won’t grow dull. And did I mention that “Onward to Battle” has Tak and Conan soloing at the same time?

Overall – 4.5/5



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south_of_heaven 11
August 17th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

solos are mmmmm gooodddd

robin2220
August 17th 2007



569 Comments


I think neoclassical thrash is like Yngwie Malmsteen isn't it? Either way good review, I do not know this band.

south_of_heaven 11
August 17th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think Yngwie Malmsteen might be a bit more power metal, but yes, he is considered a neo-classical metal artist.
You'd seriously hate these guys so stay away.

robin2220
August 17th 2007



569 Comments


>.< Okay.

Zoo
August 17th 2007



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am very interested. SOH, did you just add this band? I haven't seen them on here before (and I do a shitload of searching for new bands).

south_of_heaven 11
August 17th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I am very interested. SOH, did you just add this band? I haven't seen them on here before (and I do a shitload of searching for new bands).

Yeup, just added them a few seconds ago. Someone from metal-archives tipped me off about these guys, and I was knocked off my feet.
You can listen to "Triumph By Fire" and a few other tracks on their myspace.
http://www.myspace.com/exmortus


ZapatoDiablo
August 17th 2007



167 Comments


Holy Crap. These guys are from the town I grew up in. I pretty much have to get this now.

Zoo
August 17th 2007



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That song is alright, but I'm really diggin the title track. Not a big fan of the vocals but the musicianship more than makes up for it, as it does with most bands.

south_of_heaven 11
August 17th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Muscianship is crazzyyyy on this album...I wish they'd put up Onward to Battle so people could orgasm over the dualing solos.

Mario's short drum solo on Triumph By Fire is killer.This Message Edited On 08.17.07

Zoo
August 18th 2007



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh yes, I'm definitely getting this.

south_of_heaven 11
August 18th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really encourage you to buy this from them; it's 13 dollars total including shipping...they are an unsigned band and any support is greatly appreciated.

Zoo
August 18th 2007



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I shall.

playguitar
August 18th 2007



36 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

These dudes played in my town two weekends in a row and they are just as good live as they are on the CD. Amazing musicianship and awesome songs, they've thought up something completely original and I love it. Not only are they an awesome band, they're awesome people too, I hung out with them for 2/3 hours after each show and got some In N Out and they were funny, humble, and intelligent. Class act.

south_of_heaven 11
August 18th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

These dudes played in my town two weekends in a row and they are just as good live as they are on the CD. Amazing musicianship and awesome songs, they've thought up something completely original and I love it. Not only are they an awesome band, they're awesome people too, I hung out with them for 2/3 hours after each show and got some In N Out and they were funny, humble, and intelligent. Class act.

That's awesome man. I've been in contact with these guys for a few weeks and I've only got positive things to say about them as well!

Dethtrasher
August 18th 2007



2211 Comments


Nice review, is this like Theory In Practice type of guitar technicality?

south_of_heaven 11
August 18th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ExMortus's style of playing is a bit different, but their playing ability is about equal IMO

purple_hazer
August 20th 2007



5 Comments


exmortus is one of my favorite bands, they fucking rip. i hope my band will get to their level one of these days, had the pleasure of playing with them once or twice before, but when they got off, the crowd left haha, we were left with about 12 people when they had like 60 but its all good. THE REBIRTH OF THRASH IS COMING!!This Message Edited On 08.20.07

south_of_heaven 11
August 20th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It sucks that they all left, but it's still pretty damn awesome that you got to play with these guys! :thumb:

Otisbum
August 20th 2007



1912 Comments


Would I like this?

south_of_heaven 11
August 20th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://www.myspace.com/exmortus
Check it out and see for yourself ho!



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