Exumer - The Raging Tides

Exumer - The Raging Tides

(CD, Metal Blade Records, 2016)

It’s not my intention to stop or even badmouth those young bands for pursuing the old-school sound by practically copy/pasting what was happening back in those days. But I think it’s a fact that there is no better way to sound like the '80s than in fact being an '80s band' and this is exactly what’s happening with the kind of Thrash EXUMER have put together in the second LP of their post-reactivation era. The album is called “The Raging Tides” and if one wanted a secondary title' then that would have been the raging riffs because there is an abundance of those' so you better be warmed-up before hitting the 'play' button.

The album’s title track kicks the door down with a massive riff that hits the bull’s eye with sniper’s precision before letting the snare-drum action flip the switch to headbanging mode. In case, if you get a GRIP INC taste coming from the guitar leads, then know that Waldemar Sorychta was sitting behind the soundboard as the Germans were thrashing their way inside the studio. The sound is balanced with focus on the guitars and the pounding rhythm section, although and in all honesty I’d love more power coming from the double-bass but at the same time I’m not a professional, so I definitely do not know better. Mr. Mem V. Stein delivers the vocals with vein-popping energy and in the old-school way, meaning that he is almost screaming to the mic, expressing all the anger and the pain coming from within. Practically the album opener sets the mood and the energy level for the rest of the nine songs which will corner you in the ring and then start hitting you non-stop without letting you react or even throw in the towel. “Go!” grunts Mem V. Stein to get the mosh-pit going with the Germany-raised Thrasher “Brand Of Evil” before letting you snap your neck during my personal favorite “Catatonic”. The solid rhythm guitar section flirts with the Bay Area Thrash while maintaining the Teutonic foundations with a bridge that will remind you of KREATOR of the “Coma Of Souls” glorious period. And speaking of German Thrash bands, then listen how “Welcome To Hellfire” brings some old DESTRUCTION on the table before enjoying the awesome guitar leads that make a huge difference. I mean, it’s pretty easy to set up some fast snare-drum groove and a couple of guitar chords to make Thrash, but if you want to make real good Thrash, then a bunch of well-written riffs are the golden ingredient. This is exactly how “Sinister Souls” is structured and the only thing you have to do is follow the fast rhythm section before diving headfirst to the closet mosh-pit during the killer solo.

The album has a vinyl-friendly time duration, around 40 minutes, so it won’t wear you down, unless you resume listening the moment the hard-hitting three minutes of “Death Factory” have ended. Again, the rhythm guitars enter first and then it’s Thrash all the way after another grunt by Mem V. Stein that will get the blood pumping at no time. And yes, the entire-band-sings-the-chorus works every single time, so keep that fist pumping in the air (especially during the solo). Can you find something to whine about? Because I couldn’t find any and, in fact, I kept this badass record playing for way more time than it was required to form a solid opinion. Come on then, Thrash on!

PS: Keep your ears open for the two covers EXUMER have put together.





01. The Raging Tides
02. Brand Of Evil
03. Catatonic
04. Sacred Defence
05. Welcome To Hellfire
06. Sinister Souls
07. Shadow Walker
08. There Will Always Be Blood
09. Dark Reflections
10. Death Factory


Mem V. Stein - Vocals
Ray Mensh - Guitar
T. Schiavo - Bass
Matthias K. - Drums
Marc B. - Guitar