Exalter: Persecution Automated-2017.

Exalter:Thrash Metal from Bangladesh.

Discography:

DemocrasodomyEP2015 
Obituary for the LivingEP2016
Persecution AutomatedFull-length2017

Members:

TanimGuitars, Vocals (2013-present)
AfifDrums, Vocals (2015-present)
See also: ex-Mirrorblaze, ex-Vengeance
Jamil KhanBassist (2016-present)

Past Members:

Tahseinur Rahman KhanGuitars
ShuvoDrums (2013-?)
FarabiBass (2015-?)
Aniruddha MajumderBass (2015-?)
See also: Nafarmaan, ex-Tyagra, ex-Stygian Oath

One thought on “Exalter: Persecution Automated-2017.

  1. felix headbanger, January 27th, 2018
    Written based on this version: 2017, Digital, Transcending Obscurity Asia (Bandcamp)

    Bangladesh’s thrash metal trio, Exalter, had put out their debut full-length album last December 28th, 2017, under Transcending Obscurity Asia since the band’s creation in 2013. The debut offering is called “Persecution Automated” and the opus is a pure thrash warfare from the beginning until the very last moments of the album. Before reviewing the debut offering, I’d like to introduce the band to those of you who have not heard of them. Exalter plays a solid punch of old school influenced thrash metal from the vein of Sodom, Destruction, early Sepultura, early Kreator, and early Exodus. Exalter had already released two EPs prior to the release of their debut. One in 2015, “Democrasodomy”, and one in 2016, “Obituary for the Living”. Both those releases showcased the strong influences of the legendary bands mentioned above. And with “Persecution Automated”, Exalter continues to pay tribute to the forefathers of the genre.

    “Persecution Automated” starts off with a 35-second intro which then flows to an instrumental track that displays some straightforward aggression right from the beginning with its headbang-driven catchy riffs that brings back some early 90s thrash metal feel. After this two dramatic intro pieces, the first vicious track then plays and then here starts the event where the listeners are flooded with some of the most intense riffs to come out of modern thrash with Exalter’s monstrously heavy chugging riffing and mid-tempo grooves. The guitar department in this release is both fast and bursting while maintaining an impulsive nature. The riffs are erupting, with that in-high-gear thrash dementia, and it comes forth and punishes the listeners with one crushing riff after another, smashing the audiences skull with the utter speed and intensity.

    Each song in this album has that punishing riff barrage that gives the audiences that strong urge to commence synchronized headbanging. Songs like ‘World Under Curfew’, ‘Slaughter Cleanse Repeat’, and ‘Clandestine Drone Warfare’ will batter the listeners with a ton of all-out in-your-face aggression with its quality and amazingly powerful riffs that few thrash bands are able to deliver these days. But the band will not just amuse you with their fast phased tracks, as they also bombard you with ballsier pissed off and simple but extremely furious riffs in the slower parts and mid-phase tunes like ‘The Dreaded End’ and ‘Incarceration’.

    The pummeling bass line in this record is also audible and you can feel its presence the whole playing time of the album as it complements the strapping guitar and devastating drumming very well. Bassist really got the job done and his performance played a good role in the overall outcome of the offering. Drum work in here also has the classic ferocious approach that we usually hear from early killer thrash records. The drummer executes some fucking violent drumming that never fails to get the listeners to raise their fists up and down while screaming the word ‘thrash’ repeatedly. Plus it has that evident appealing punkish drum assault, especially on the track ‘World Under Curfew’, that keeps the level of aggression in the record intact.

    As for the vocal delivery, like the drums, it has that evident punk-esque essence with the frontman’s shrouded and abruptly aggressive yells. That mettlesome punk-like energy in the vocal section and the drum department is quite electrifying and that exuberance manages to compliment the rest of the band’s music quite well. Every element in “Persecution Automated” really goes well together and I can assure you that this debut will certainly take you on a headbanging thrill ride where you just want to thrash around and mosh. I dig how each song here is set like one of those modern orthodox thrash metal tunes, yet it eulogizes the classic thrash albums of the late 80s and early 90s very well.

    The production of this debut offering, as expected to a twenty-first-century extreme metal album, is intelligible, well-polished, and smooth. But even with that glossy and clean production, the belligerency and combativeness of the whole record are still in full effect. The listeners can hear everything very well. All the instruments are evidently pounding and they are able to display all their utter power. I usually dig rough and raw production when it comes to my thrash metal albums, but this upright production works very well for me too because it’s not that all sugary like other modern thrash releases where the clean production pulls the aggression of the offering down.

    Overall, “Persecution Automated” is a premier modern thrash metal offering that supplies fans and enthusiasts of the genre a full 35 minutes of aggressive and intense extreme music. With some absolutely crushing songs, utterly memorable riffs, stellar drumming on display, some fine and thick bass work, and violent muffled barked vocal delivery; this debut record is undeniably a modern magnum opus. Exalter might not have refined the genre with this opus, but they sure showed the rest of the pack the right manner to pay homage to the forebears of thrash metal. This is an exceptional album that deserves more praises!

    As for the standout tracks; there aren’t really any bad songs here, as all of them have tons of riffs and memorability in them, but songs like ‘World Under Curfew’, ‘The Dreaded End’, ‘Slaughter Cleanse Repeat’, and ‘Clandestine Drone Warfare’ are the tracks that I find myself repeating every now and then.

    Originally written for https://thepitofthedamned.blogspot.com

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