Following the release of Exumer’s ferocious and thrilling new album The Raging Tides, a fearsome and virulent proposition which confirmed the US Thrashers as one inimitably uncompromising force of sound and energy, we grabbed the opportunity to steal a slab of time with band founder and vocalist Mem V. Stein. Kindly he let us in on the creation and background to the band’s latest protagonist for ears and imagination as well as providing insight into his and the band’s creative heart.
Having chatted with Mem back in 2012 around the release of previous album Fire & Damnation, we asked him to bring us up to date with all things Exumer between the two releases?
Next we asked Mem if there was any specific aim in regard to the writing and character behind The Raging Tides
There is no escaping an evolution and movement in sound between albums, and fair to say The Raging Tides was as open in a creative leap and shift as any Exumer release to date. So we asked Mem where he most saw the differences and growth of sound between the latest albums and Fire & Damnation.
How about the edge and snarl in what is for The RingMaster Review, the band’s most venomous and compromising encounter musically, as well as lyrically, so far.
Staying with the lyrics, and what feels like a slab of unrest and defiance, as well as an raw commentary on, the injustices and sufferings dealt upon the ’common’ man today, Mem delved for us into the main inspirations to the lyrical side of tracks and to the overall theme behind The Raging Tides and whether the band has become angrier with each release and song over time, emotionally and sonically.
The Raging Tides saw Exumer link up with producer/engineer Waldemar Soychta at Waldstreet Sound in Dortmund again, so we wanted to know what about what he brings to the recording experience.
It seemed strange to say it about a band formed in 1985, but we wonder that with The Raging Tides, Exumer had truly slipped into its creative skin; its sound coming of age?
It is fair to say that Exumer’s new encounter has lit a fuse for a highly successful and no doubt eventful 2016 and beyond for Exumer. So we had to ask what was in store for fans and band across the rest of the year.
Finally we simply left Mem to add any final thoughts which had a message for Exumer’s British fans.
Our big thanks to Mem for sharing his time with us and for letting us into the heart of band and The Raging Tides. Check out the band and all their upcoming tour and show news @
The RingMaster Review 15/03/2016
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