Saturday, 7 July 2012

The Exiled - Break The Chains - Review

The Exiled -Break The Chains
Swansea metallers The Exiled have produced an amazing extended play in ‘Break The Chains’.  Released in September 2011, it’s fair to say that Feedback is a little late to this party.  Better late than never though.

This quintet effortlessly incorporate elements of classic Iron Maiden with the well documented influence of bands like In Flames and fellow countrymen Funeral For A Friend.  The striking artwork on this release further emphasises the obvious influence of classic thrash.

Originally formed in 2008, this is just their first release.  It is clear that time and care has been taken on BTCs.  They have already supported their peers in Sepultura, Darkest Hour and Chimaira even though they still have not released a full length album. Further proof of just how good a band these guys are.

Title track ‘Break The Chains’ is my pick of the bunch and boasts some cosmic guitar interplay from Richard Hughes and Harry Tadayon is one of the main draws to this young band.  They are a great example to the genre of how a double guitar attack stands the test of time. 


It is refreshing that the hard work and practice has obviously been put into this release, especially in an age where most bands are more interested in eyeliner and hairspray than delivering longevity. 

‘Post Human’ has a crisp In Flames-esque riff throughout and is vocalist James Andrews strongest track.

Closing track ‘Shallow’ is equally impressive and fades out on a brave keyboard solo.

This EP is currently available to download for free on their bandcamp site, here is the link to download.  Also, be sure to catch The Exiled live in September, Feedback will give further details when they become available.

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