|Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, Thrash Metal
February 14th, 2014
Release length: 41:36
Face the Enemy starts off a little less than unique despite some of the variety presented. “Greed” kicks off with a tight Goatwhoreish Thrash Metal introduction that finds some of the chords played appearing later on, usually before the melodic pieces and chorus. “Upon All the Others” keeps to that genre most of the time as well, though some of the main verses have a hint of Punk influence comparable to the song “Metal Metalland” by Gwar, as well as some standard breakdowns in select spots that vary in the impact they carry. The guitar solo isn’t much to speak about until the rhythm guitar picks up to make the Double Dragon-esque theme a little more unrecognisable. Then there’s “Life is Now” with it’s heavy Killswitch Engage style foundation which includes the cleanly sung chorus with similar uplifting hooks, though the blistering Death Metal passages do help to differentiate the two a bit.
While not that original, those three are still solid experiences, much like many of the others. “The Brainless People” kicks off with a clean, sombre guitar introduction that crashes into aggressive Melodic Death Metal soaked glory. The addition of the rougher growls with deeper gutturals is a nice touch, but not the only examples of the range this band has on display. The guitar solo about two minutes in seems genuinely heartfelt and touching, meanwhile the chorus is short, sweet, and to the point as far as getting the job done goes. “For One Short Moment” plays a lot of this up as well, though the chorus has a little more energy, speed, even complexity behind it. Meanwhile you have the title track “Face the Enemy” that bridges the infectious riffs with a decent amount of Hardcore attitude, especially in the chorus and towards the end.
“Fight Them Down,” however, does show some issues for the recording. The song is a bit more thin, allowing the cymbals to stick out a little more than usual, showing off the small amount of washout that is present. There’s also a brief skip in the song at the thirty to thirty-one seconds mark, but given this is a digital review copy it’s hard to say for sure if it’s on the album or not, if it was a glitch, or if a poorly executed studio alteration to a screw-up from one of the musicians that went unnoticed until too late to fix. The largely melodic segment before the groove heavy chorus helps to make up for it though.
Face the Enemy definitely isn’t going to set any new standards for the genres that the band dabbles in with it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth giving a chance. Exit blend in plenty of influences, the most obvious comparable to Shadows Fall and Sworn Enemy. If you’re looking for a good time that hits you hard with riffs often as infectious as your local STDs then Exit‘s Face the Enemy is something worth giving a shot.
01. Greed – 3:20
02. Upon All the Others – 4:41
03. Fight Them Down – 3:31
04. Life is Now – 3:51
05. Lost and Dangerous – 5:09
06. The Brainless People – 6:12
07. For One Short Moment – 4:45
08. Face the Enemy – 5:28
09. Under Burning Suns – 4:41
|Initial Pressing Score: 7/10