There’s plenty going on in “Exodus 1,” “2” and “3” to stoke the heartfires of prog-metal fans: a three-dimensional vocal attack with dynamo screaming, seismic drums, dynamic guitars and how about prominent bass lines and awesome keyboards mixed with strings? And, the all too uncommon tactic of songs that form one conceptual saga is an inspired move. Our favorite is “Exodus 3” whose patient buildup is effective at delivering a story of one man’s face-to-face with the Cosmos. Fans of Between The Buried and Me will want to check this out. In the meantime, France’s Stormhaven could address the absence of low-end in “Exodus 1,” the distracting EQ levels. Must be a dazzling live act.
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Style: Progressive Death Metal