||COC and Black Sabbath certainly come to mind
opening track, "Gutless Wonder." There is a catch, though.
This 4-piece from New York are sixteen year olds! Obviously, the youth
does seem to rub off a bit. At times there are some missed beats on
the kick & snare and the guitars & bass are fairly tied together
with the tendency to repeat riffs too often. The vocals are like a
16-year old Phil Anselmo (granted, not his power metal days!). Not
lost with ineffectiveness, though. There are plenty of great things
to say. Most of what I hear is catchy. Aside from some minor tweaks,
all 4 members have found some great melodies & heavy pounding
riffs to wield the listener. The songs are fairly lengthy as well
(from 4 to 8 minutes), but this is also only a 5-song demo. So yeah,
more songs could help next time around. Exemption like to stroll through
a lot of styles too. Anything from heavy metal to thrash and also
alternative (or "modern rock" as people are calling it now).
Mostly, I hear remnants of Pantera, Black Sabbath, COC, and even STP.
However, they seem to alternate these remnants too much, making it
difficult to pinpoint exactly what sort of direction within the songs
they are approaching. They're far from perfect, but they don't really
need to be. They're young and have a ton of years to snag a prominent
position in the metal & rock world. Age considering, this is a
Reviewed By: Thomas