Posted in metal | music | tour dates on January 22, 2014

By Doug Moore

Exmortus, "sleighing to the sword"
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California's Exmortus remind me of bands like White Wizzard or (early) The Sword -- not necessarily because they sound alike, but because all three pay genuine homage to classic metal tropes while maintaining some distance from them. Exmortus is a little more aggressive than most bands who take this tack, and they really, really like to shred.

We're streaming a song from their upcoming third album, Slave to the Sword, over at IO today -- they take a page out of the Yngwie Malmsteen playbook by banging through a metal arrangement of the third movement from Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata. From our writeup:

Slave to the Sword, the third album from Californian melodic death/thrashers Exmortus, lives and dies by its unswerving commitment to shred. This band moves in an orbit not entirely dissimilar to, say, Revocation, but their collective musical upbringing clearly bears the mark of obsessive amounts of At the Gates, Arch Enemy, and the classic tandem guitar attacks of Mssrs Downing/Tipton, Murray/Smith, Hanneman/King, et al. Even when Exmortus's songs are sturdily constructed and passably memorable -- as they often are -- they remain principally vehicles for shred, solos, shred, chromatic riffs, shred, whiplash, and more shred.
Slave to the Sword will come out on February 4 via Prosthetic Records. Stream the "Moonlight Sonata" cover and the album's title track below.

Exmortus will also be on tour for much of the winter and they'll hit NYC twice in the coming months: once with Dark Tranquillity and Omnium Gatherum at Stage 48 on February 3, and again with Lich King at Blackhorn 51 on March 7. Tickets for the Stage 48 show are on sale now.

Check out all the dates and the aforementioned tracks below...

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Exmortus tour dates
1/23 Anaheim, CA - The Juke Joint
1/27 Tucson, AZ- The Rock
1/28 El Paso, TX- Larry O lounge
1/29 Laredo, TX - Cold Brew Rock Bar
1/30 New Orleans, LA - Siberia
2/1 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade #
2/2 Baltimore, MD - Soundstage #
2/3 New York, NY - Stage 48 #
2/4 Worcester, MA - The Palladium #
2/5 Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques #
2/6 Quebec City, QC - Dagobert #
2/7 Ottawa, ON - Mavericks #
2/8 Toronto, ON - The Opera House #
2/9 London, ON - London Concert Theatre #
2/10 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's #
2/11 Columbus, OH - Skully's #
2/12 Joliet, IL - Mojoes 22 #
2/13 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater #
2/14 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater #
2/15 Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue #
2/17 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater #
2/18 Seattle, WA - El Corazon #
2/19 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater #
2/20 San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge #
2/21 Las Vegas, NV - LVCS #
2/22 West Hollywood,CA - House of Blues #
2/23 Tempe, AZ - Club Red #
2/25 Dallas, TX - Trees #
2/26 Houston, TX - Scout Bar #
2/28 Louisville, KY - Diamond Pub & Billiards #
3/1 Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar #
3/2 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero #
3/7 New York, NY - Blackhorn 51*
3/8 Trenton, NY - Back Stage of Champs*
3/9 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter*
3/10 Charlotte, NC - Milestone*
3/11 Columbia, SC - New Brooklyn Tavern*
3/12 Savannah, GA - Dollhouse Productions*
3/13 Jacksonville, FL - Atticus*
3/14 Miami, FL -Church Hills Pub*
3/15 Tampa, FL - The Brass Mug*
3/17 Johnson City,TN - The Hidaway *
3/18 Murfreesboro, TN - Main St LIVE*
3/19 Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups*
3/20 Cleveland, OH - Now Thats Class*
3/21 Rochester, NY -The Bug Jar*
3/22 Florence,MA - JJs Tavern *
# with Dark Tranquility & Omnium Gatherum
* with Lich King

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Comments (11)

classic! this is f great.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 11:50 AM

hahaha, that is AWESOME!!!! how insane is that??!?! Crazy thrashers sitting on Santa's lap, seriously, INSANE!!! total disrespect to Santa, not caring about what people think, total F.U. to the mainstream, what a slap in the face.

Wow, man, just .... wow.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 1:07 PM

And, BTW - Power Trip is a million times better. You want real thrash, go listen to them.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 1:10 PM

"you want real thrash, go listen to power trip"

holy lolol

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 1:38 PM

1:38 is from Arizona.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 2:15 PM

2:15 is from sausageville

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 2:42 PM

Didn't Marky Mark play the guy on the right in that movie?

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 3:08 PM

2:42 - wow, with the bigtime comeback.

Man, you're so CRAAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZY!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 4:34 PM

^relax sausage, everything will be fine.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 4:50 PM

This is very creative instrumental music

Posted by Sprouse | February 26, 2014 5:35 AM

I'm usually not into the more traditional heavy metal sound but this, this shit right here nigga, it's a heavy metal masterpiece. I hate myself for missing these guys when they came through town a while back´╗┐

Posted by Minton | November 3, 2014 10:03 AM

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