Published on August 10th, 2016 | by Justin G.0
ExMortus: Ride Forth
Hard touring thrashers ExMortus delivered a new album, their fourth overall, earlier this year. The album is called Ride Forth, and this is one case where you can in fact judge it by its cover. Those sinister horsemen riding forth to lay waste to anyone in their way are a great representation of ExMortus’s intense brand of thrash metal.
ExMortus maintains their killer blend of neck-snapping thrash metal riffs, shredding worthy of the neoclassical genre and death metal style growled vocals on Ride Forth. It’s like taking Death Angel, Yngwie Malmsteen and Amon Amarth, and then setting them on fire. This is such an intense album, but it has moments of sheer technicality that will make your jaw drop. The whole weird mix works really well, making this a very fun, very effective album that’s so easy to get into.
Fans of the newer thrash bands like Havok, Skeletonwitch and Warbringer will love Ride Forth. So will fans of Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth, Nightrage and Arsis. ExMortus may be too harsh/intense/whatever for Malmsteen fans, but man, those solos are right in that neoclassical zone. This is definitely one of the most interesting and most enjoyable thrash albums 2016 has to offer.
PS – They kick ass live too, so if you get a chance to see them (and they way they tour, you probably will), don’t pass it by.
Summary: Look, do you want to bang your head and get your aggression out or not? Buy this thing already.