Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Exxiles “Oblivion”

Country: Multinational
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
LabelNightmare Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateMay 26, 2015
  1. A Better Legacy 
  2. Hopelessness 
  3. Anthem of Lies 
  4. Page of the Night 
  5. Introspective 
  6. Dictator of Trust 
  7. Llorona 
  8. Entropy 
  9. Awakening Part I (Dark Renaissance) 
  10. The Messenger 
  11. Rise
Mauricio Bustamante (Ex Reign of the Architect): Drums
Sergio Aguilar (Agora): Guitar
Simon Rojas: Bass
Noel Martinez: Keyboards
Antonio Rivera (Solitude): Guitar
Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, Savatage): Vocals
Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion): Vocals
Oddleif Stensland (Communic): Vocals, Guitar
Wilmer Waarbroek (Ayreon): Vocals
Gus Monsanto ( Ex-Adagio): Vocals
Oyvind Haegeland (Spiral Architect): Vocals
Mats Haugen (Circus Maximus): Guitar
David Grey ( Lost in Thought): Guitar
Chris Caffery (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Savatage): Guitar
Mike Lepond (Symphony X): Bass

I always get excited when “symphonic/progressive metal” comes up in a band description because I immediately know I can expect something beyond the scope of the ordinary. And that is why it was with great fervor that I approached Oblivion, the debut release from Exxiles, due out in May. Given it’s a new project boasting members and guest contributors from bands like Symphony X, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Ayreon, among others, I felt there was the promise of something grand with this album.
After listening to the record several times straight through, I’m not as excited about the album as I once was, although I’ll grant that for many, Oblivion will be thoroughly enjoyable. The core musical elements are solid, competently performed and well-engineered. It’s a solid metal record with obvious roots in the styles pioneered by the bands mentioned above and along with sonically satisfying orchestral elements. Tracks like “Introspective” and “Dictator of Trust” are dynamic, heavy and full of everything you’d expect from a super-group with the collective influences that Exxiles have.
 Read the full review by skullsnbones.com



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