Exoterik - Are You Alive?
Thanks for the copy of this single are extended to David from
Holier Than Thou Black records - cheers fella! Exoterik are a
four piece band comprising Anneka on vocals, Tom on guitar, David
on bass and Steve on drums, and have recently been touring with
Wednesday 13. Enough of the pre-amble...
Raping The Reverie (Single
Edit). Atmospheric opening before initial power chords kick
in forcefully. Song overall follows the quiet verse, loud
chorus format but with a swagger and confidence that lifts
it way above the generic. Crystal clear production probably
has something to do with this, although the main reason has
to be the level of musicianship and quality of the vocals.
The bridge section works particularly well, carrying on the
Eastern influence, and is reminiscent of "Kashmir".
This is a well structured song with good dynamics and should
work well live.
Are You Alive? Current
single. Quality opening riff, very catchy. The underlying
groove of the song, topped off with the great vocals, will
make this one very popular live, especially as the chorus
has a great hook. Overall I like this one but there were a
couple of things that didn't quite work for me. The quieter
bridge section sounds a bit flat, although live I'm sure it
will provide an interesting counterpoint. The final chorus
and repeated vocal gets a bit wearing and I wonder if the
song would work better slightly shorter? For me the first
two thirds of the track are excellent, but the final third
doesn't have enough impact and gets a bit samey. That said
I still think it will be a great live song, the opening riff
and especially the hook in the chorus should ensure this sells
Overall impressions are positive. This isn't my usual style
of rock, probably the only band in this genre that I rate being
Lacuna Coil. I'm wondering how the full length album is going
to sound - another seven or eight tracks of this quality and
it should do well. Production is superb, guitars are crisp,
drums (especially the snare) sound good and the vocals are strong
and clear. Look forward to hearing the album when it's out and
seeing how this works live. I'll keep an eye on your tour schedule
or send you an invite from Millennium of Blood soon!