Chris Loomis

REVIEW: Thrown Into Exile – ‘Thrown Into Exile’

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tieHow do you make it in today’s music business . . . you work your ass off . . . and that’s just what Los Angeles based Thrown Into Exile has done and the result shines blazingly on their debut self-titled EP released on April 2. Formed in 2011 Thrown Into Exile have made quite a name for themselves in Southern California as well as across the country as they have been getting nationwide airplay on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal radio show. Their new EP is out just in time to allow fans to familiarize themselves with the four crushing tunes now available on iTunes and TuneCore before they hit the road this summer.

The band (Mario David Rubio – Guitar, Colin Reed – Guitar, Evan Seidlitz – Vocals, Chase Brickenden – Drums and a Bass player to be named) deliver four well-structured extreme metal songs at break neck speed for just over 18 minutes of brutality. The song “Not Alone” allows Seidlitz to showcase his vocal talents where at times he has the black metal screams of Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir and then hitting the clean vocals similar to Howard Jones from Killswitch Engage. Things then speed up a bit on the standout track “Never Ending Battle” which features some great guitar harmonies and soloing from the dual axe attack of Rubio and Reed while Seidlitz demonstrates additional vocal diversity by throwing in some guttural vocals in the style of Randy Blythe from Lamb of God. The two remaining tracks “Doppelganger” and  “Before I Go” offer up more of the same intensity with a tight rhythm section delivering up a thrashy, galloping tempo and more catchy guitar riffs.

No stranger to extreme music, Mike Spreitzer from Devildriver produced the EP and Chris Clancy of Mutiny Within completed the mix and mastering which no doubt gives the songs their tight crisp sound. The metal community is anxiously awaiting the first full length release from Thrown Into Exile as if this EP is any indicator of what is to come we all have a lot to look forward to. When you get your copy of this EP make sure to also grab a bottle of Tylenol as you will need it from the sore neck you will develop from the mandatory headbanging!

A well put together combination of Thrash-Black Metal-Death Metal and Metalcore, Thrown Into Exile delivers a very high-quality and memorable first effort.

Catch Thrown Into Exile on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival with Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Machine Head, Behemoth and many others this summer.

Track List:

1.     Never Ending Battle

2.    Doppelganger

3.    Not Alone

4.    Before I Go

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