Exumer – The Raging Tides Review

Germany is known for producing acts that are among the best in the world, and Frankfurt based Exumer formed in 1985 by vocalist/bassist Mem Von Stein and guitarist Ray Mensch is no exception.  Their album Possessed by Fire is a treasure in underground music. However, they disbanded in 1991 after producing two demos and two albums. They came back in 2009 and released Fire and Damnation in 2012. Well, now they are back with another album The Raging Tides, produced at the Waldstreet Sound in Dortmund by producer Waldemar Soychta who has also worked with Sodom.
The new album features the two founding members Stein and Mensch and it has more of original tracks than their last one which had a few renditions of songs from their older records. Now talking about the sound of the album, elements of the good old Teutonic thrash of the likes of Kreator, Sodom (post Persecution Mania) and Destruction can be seen. However the album also seems to be influenced by Exodus as the guitarists Ray Mensh and Marc Brutus approaches the tracks in the ways of Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt, also paying homage to the style of Hanneman and King as well.

The starting track instantly sets the atmosphere for some bone crushing thrash metal of the old days and it moves along the line of Exodus and the riffs do somewhat sound like their song ‘Deranged.” The raw and powerful vocals of Mem V. Stein with the raspy barks and the occasional misspelt words contribute greatly to the classic thrashy feel of the songs. “Brand of Evil’ moves along the same lines and the third track “Catatonic” takes on a different direction with the double bass intro and the Seek and Destroy-ish sound later on. The next three songs more or less move on the same pattern of the kick-snare with Sacred Defense having an exuberant solo and Sinister Souls having the Kerry King influenced whammy dives. “Shadow Walker”, with its fear inducing haunting intro and the feel on the solo is a personal favorite and it somewhat stands out from the other songs, in my opinion. ‘There Will Always be Blood’ screams of Exodus influences, despite being one of the best songs of the album and Death Factory has huge Destruction influences. The album also has two covers at the end and the slow sound of the band on “Forever My Queen’ does not live up to the marks of the other tracks.
However, the album has delivered old wine in a new bottle quite well and this will definitely make thrash maniacs happy.

01. The Raging Tides
02. Brand Of Evil
03. Catatonic
04. Sacred Defense
05. Welcome To Hellfire
06. Sinister Souls
07. Shadow Walker
08. There Will Always Be Blood
09. Dark Reflections
10. Death Factory
11. Forever My Queen (Pentagram cover; bonus track)
12. Hostage To Heaven (Grip Inc. cover; bonus track)


Ray Mensh – Guitars
Matthias Kassner – Drums
Mem Von Stein – Vocals, Bass
T. Schiavo – Bass
Marc Bräutigam – Guitars

Written By: Spiritcrusher


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