Exumer
Fire And Damnation


3.5
great

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (68 Reviews)
October 31st, 2012 | 24 replies | 1,576 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Perhaps one of the best comebacks of the year, Fire & Damnation is raw and high energy thrash with a modern sound and nostalgic feel.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

While the metal scene has changed and many bands’ have come and gone, thrash has never truly died. The late 1990’s saw thrash at its lowest point, but by the early 2000’s a new generation of metal heads hungered for the raw and brutal music. The 2000’s saw a moderate resurgence of the genre, with many old-school acts reforming and finding success. Now, it’s Exumer’s turn. Formed in Germany in 1985, Exumer are grizzled veterans of thrash, and their debut album “Possesed by Fire” is highly regarded among fans of the genre. However, the band decided to call it quits in 1991. In 2008, the remaining band members reunited and started work on their third studio album. Fire & Damnation is Exumer’s attempt at a comeback, and is their first album almost twenty-five years.

Exumer aren't necessarily trying to re-invent their sound, instead they cling to their roots and put forth raw, fast, and brutal thrash similar to Slayer, but they also include technical guitar playing reminiscent of Razor. The band aims for short tracks full of energy and aggression, and they pull it off well here as there is no filler, no drawn-out songs, and very little repetition. The album packs quite a punch despite is short length, and the instruments hold your attention with catchy riffing, audible bass lines, and energetic drum performances. The album also has fantastic production, with a clear and modern sound and good guitar tone, yet it also retains that nostalgic and raw feel you get from classic 80’s releases, which is quite an accomplishment.

The vocals on the other hand do little to stand out. The band’s vocal performance consists of abrasive yelling with little to no variation in style, yet the vocals don’t detract from the album, rather, they are tolerable and consistent with this band’s overall attitude and style; however this does remain the one real weakness to be found in this album. Another small complaint is that the band does little to expand their sound, with old school thrash being there main foray. If you’re like me though, all you need is that old-school sound and you’re instantly hooked. This is an extremely heavy album that sounds like it’s straight out of 1988, and any self-respecting thrash fan will find something to stick his flag in.

A raw, heavy and brutal sound, catchy riffing, and good production are what this album has to offer those willing to seek it out. Exumer does a lot of things right here, and managed craft an album worthy of your listen. This albums stands above most standard issue thrash we have heard this year. And while Fire & Damnation may not quite be on the same level as the band’s debut, this is certainly one of the best (and shortest) comeback albums of the year. Even after all those dormant years, the guys in Exumer still had a good album in them. Who knew?



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KILL
October 31st 2012



70379 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet

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ThrashTillDeath94
October 31st 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Fire & Damnation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlQPGPNbEvQ

I Dare You (2012 version)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9t6MIPj-r8

ThrashTillDeath94
October 31st 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

And yeah, no such thing as thrashing to much. Not at all.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



19395 Comments


yeah lol guess i gotta re-pos this

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ThrashTillDeath94
October 31st 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thanks

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



19395 Comments


whoah have you even reviewed anything other than thrash?

XingKing
October 31st 2012



10010 Comments


Thrash till death, man. No time to review other things when you gotta be thrashin all the time.

ThrashTillDeath94
October 31st 2012



590 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Only if it's power metal really...

XingKing
October 31st 2012



10010 Comments


No time for power metal. Just thrash.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



19395 Comments


Lol gonna listen to this album in the morning

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2012



4378 Comments


sweet review, man. POS'd. Have not heard this though, but I could go for some thrash now so will check out.

NoMeansYes
October 31st 2012



1012 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pos'd, well written review. I agree that the vocals let this down a bit but still a decent album

KILL
October 31st 2012



70379 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

andcas check out possessed by fire i think it would actually make you cry like a bitch

TheNotrap
October 31st 2012



7962 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"Perhaps one of the best comebacks of the year"
Yeah nice comeback indeed.

Good work man, have a pos.

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KILL
October 31st 2012



70379 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i can taste your tears from here dont even try to hide it bro, embrace your emoticons and let them flow~

apert
October 31st 2012



2970 Comments


i'm guessing this is nowhere near as good as possessed by fire

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evilford
October 31st 2012



21004 Comments


need to check this bnad out

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evilford
October 31st 2012



21004 Comments


nice review btw, pos'd

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



19395 Comments


Ford be sure to check out torture too they rule

evilford
October 31st 2012



21004 Comments


will do



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