Exit State - Bad Days (Mcd EP King Prawn Records)Posted on 21/08/09
The band Exit State from the United Kingdom call their own style 'A Hi-Octane Rock Cocktail', and yes, that's what it is. But, let's look a little closer. The EP "Bad Days" has 5 tracks, plus the clip of the single "Bad Days". This includes one remix and one instrumental version of the single too. So, all around we got three songs to listen to. The title track is rockin', and reminds me a bit of the young Berliner music-scene for the speed, the sound and the rhythm. This band could come from the capital of Germany, but no, they are from the island (cause of their sound and attitude, Germany could be a hotspot for them). There's a lot of pressure in the bass guitar and the drums, and also a lot of power in the vocals plus they did a very good job with the string parts. It seems Adam Stephenson, Roy Bright and Phil Ireland are pretty much in love with their instruments. The sound of Exit State is fresh and young, and needs a little (more) time to grow up. But the basics are great. Absolutely up-and-coming. The tip of the EP is definitely, "Death Of A Rockstar". Here the band gives everything! More effects, more ideas, more, more, more... definitely the best melody on the entire cd. Metal elements, gently vocals (which remind me of a mix of Dave Grohl and Patrick Stump), and influences from Metallica. Very cool. Even though it was the first time I heard an instrumental track on a rock-EP, it's worth it. "Bad Days (instrumental)" gives a good look and place to make yourself a picture of the skill of Exit State. A nice idea. It's a pity the "The Retro 12" remix" of the title track was not really essential. Apart from the intro, there is no big difference to the original. The bottom line is a good, handmade sound, rockin' songs, and a young band which is heading for a great future if they give themselves room to breath and grow up. "Bad Days" is not the holy grail of modern rock music, but it's worth to check up on this band. Anyone who likes independent guitar music, will like Exit State too.
(AVH:5)Ana Van Helsing.
Band: www.exitstate.com / www.myspace.com/exitstate
Label: www.kingprawnrecords.co.uk / www.myspace.com/kingprawnrecords
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