Exumer
Possessed by Fire


4.0
excellent

Review

by SylentEcho USER (21 Reviews)
November 30th, 2007 | 34 replies | 8,295 views


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Even by today's standards this album is fairly unique, just like it was back when it was released. Since the band is from Germany you can expect the songs to have a very Teutonic feel to them.

6 of 9 thought this review was well written

A tragically overlooked German thrash band that had the songs, chops and riffs to compete with the thrash elite.

Background:
In 1984 Mem Von Stein wanted to start a serious thrash metal band. That very year he met a guy named Ray at a Slayer show where they both worked as part of the local crew. They started talking and went on to form the band that would become Exumer. They recorded one demo called "A Mortal In Black" where Mem actually did the vocals himself before signing a record deal with the SPV subsidiary Disaster Records. The band broke up but reformed to play one show in 2001 at the Wacken Open Air in Germany.

If you are a fan of "Sodom (agent orange), Destruction (infernal overkill)" and let's face it, who isn't, this is an obscure gem that you need to track down.
1986 was a strong year for the German thrash metal scene, with several classics being released, most of them by acts previously unexposed to fans like Kreator's "Pleasure To Kill", Sodom's "Obsessed By Cruelty", Assassin's "The Upcoming Terror" etc. and Exumer's "Possessed By Fire" was certainly one of the very best. Not a groundbreaking one, but the level of quality found here is rarely achieved.

Line-up:
Mem Von Stein - Vocals, Bass
Bernie Siedler - Guitars
Ray Mensch - Guitars
Bernd Cramer - Drums

This album is fast, heavy and even though it can have a chaotic feel at time, never sounds as if it's out of control and will keep you headbanging throughout. This is one of the finest thrash albums ever to come out of Germany, combining the best of the early Bay Area sound with the sound of the first two Kreator albums. The album is replete with awesome riffs, similar to those used by Slayer, Exodus, Kreator, and others. Comparing Exumer to early Exodus & Slayer wouldn't be far from the truth.

Stand-out tracks are, "Possessed By Fire" with it's fast and catchy riffs, "Reign Of Sadness" with it's catchy and sing along type chorus "Xiron Darkstar" and "A Mortal In Black" with their simple, yet catchy riffs that make you want to headbang like crazy, though you'll be headbanging to every song on this album.
The great thing is, the huge variety of riffage - in the timing, and other characteristics. This is excessive, even by thrash standards here!

Pros:
Awesome Riffage.
Good change in variety.
Vocals are really nice and suit the music perfectly.
Good drumming.

Cons:
The last 3 tracks are a bit messy structure-wise.
This band is forgotten for some reason and the album is overlooked.
Bass isnt very good on the original release but is good in the 2001 re-issue.

Even by today's standards this album is fairly unique, just like it was back when it was released. Overall, this is a great album and highly recommended to fans of old school thrash! If you like "Pleasure to Kill" "Show No Mercy" "Bonded by Blood', you will really dig this one.

I'm going to conclude by quoting Mem Von Stein in an interview he did after re-uniting old Exumer.

Mem, what are your most remarkable recollections connected with EXUMER?
"Being 18 years old and seeing my first album in the window of the local record store and thinking everything is possible as long as you believe in it. Thanx and keep on thrashing!!!"

Rating:
4.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SylentEcho
November 30th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Feel free to comment and If you think the review is good, do vote.

Slaytan
November 30th 2007



1186 Comments


There's really nothing to this review; no detail or anything. You name drop other bands more than you talk about the band you're reviewing.This Message Edited On 11.30.07

SylentEcho
November 30th 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

/\ aren't you being a little harsh?

Slaytan
November 30th 2007



1186 Comments


No. The middle two paragraphs are the only one's with any real information about the album, and the first one mainly talks about how they're similar to other bands.This Message Edited On 11.30.07

superfascist
November 30th 2007



118 Comments


Slaytan is right. This is not a review; it's a collection of words that say nothing about this album at all.

rattlehead42147
November 30th 2007



1345 Comments


im going to get this. but yeah you need more detail. if you don't already have it you should get Mental Vortex by Coroner since you like this kind of thrash.

south_of_heaven 11
December 1st 2007



5433 Comments


I've heard mixed things about this album.

Dragonforce89
February 24th 2009



326 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Most underrated band of all time

Possessed
June 11th 2009



37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

one of the most underrated bands of all time this album is simply amazing i can't stop listening to it

KILL
November 7th 2009



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

met

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

james420
March 12th 2011



200 Comments


al

EleanorRigby
March 15th 2011



156 Comments


!

KILL
May 12th 2011



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

!!

KILL
December 5th 2011



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

!!!

Scoot
December 5th 2011



17722 Comments


24 year hiatus wow

KILL
December 5th 2011



71372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

back and ready to kick some dick

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 5th 2011



16134 Comments


Let's hope they've still got it.

TheNotrap
December 5th 2011



8035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great german TM.
m/

Brings back good memories.

Digging: Savage Grace - Master Of Disguise

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 5th 2011



16134 Comments


Kreator >

seedofnothing
December 10th 2011



3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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