New Orleans-based thrash metal legends Exhorder have announced plans to release their first album in twenty seven years, Mourn The Southern Skies, on September 20th with Nuclear Blast Records. The wait is finally over; today the band has debuted the record’s lead track, My Time, via a music video that can be seen below!
The Louisiana natives made their long-awaited return last year with a string of reunion shows and festival appearances, and now are launching a full-on comeback with the impending release of their new album. Recorded by Duane Simoneaux at OCD Recording and working with producer Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Sepultura) at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden for mix/master and armed with more fury and vigour than bands half their age, Exhorder has concocted an intoxicating amalgam of old school thrashers and groovers blended with a modern, mature approach.
From the opening of the first track of Mourn The Southern Skies, listeners are reminded immediately just what Exhorder is exactly through the spitting rage My Time forces upon their ears. It is evident that the anger remains prevalent, with perhaps a different point of view that younger men could not possibly have understood on earlier albums. Sasha Horn‘s energy and punk influence fire the engines, with Jason VieBrooks locking down the foundation tightly. Vinnie La Bella once again has proven himself The Godfather of thrash riffs, which cut through like a high speed drill bit thanks to the stellar production. A lead guitar face-off in the solo not only exhibits Vinnie’s sometimes under-appreciated skills as a shredder, but also showcases newcomer Marzi Montazeri (The High Priest of Distortion). If anyone ever doubted the band’s skill set regarding guitar soloing, those days are gone forever! And finally, as if riding a runaway garbage truck with fireworks exploding off of its roof top, Kyle Thomas invokes venom and energy with familiar passion. All in all, the truth is apparent – Exhorder means business once again!
Exhorder’s founding guitarist Vinnie La Bella says of their resurgence: “You can plot and scheme for years, even decades (as is in our case). You can work hard, keep grinding, bang the square peg in the round hole until it looks somewhat presentable. But sometimes you just need to let time tell you, it’s time. Exhorder has its own soul. And it pokes me in the ribs every so often as if to remind me, ‘Hey asshole, we ain’t done yet!’ Kyle and myself had a dream as teenagers. And as cliched as it may seem, we never woke up from it. Exhorder has always crept in and out of our lives. So no magic bullet or formula here. It was only a simple matter of time before the right guys, the right songs, the right manager/label would finally come to the party. It’s been damn near thirty five years since we first uttered the name, Exhorder, twenty seven years since our last record, and a whole lot of breaking up and making up in between. So why is this time different? Why start again at fifty years of age instead of retiring? Simple… because it’s finally, time!”
Exhorder’s enduring legacy began in the mid-eighties when they defined the sound of Louisiana thrash and groove metal. Their initial formation was short lived, lasting nearly a decade with two critically acclaimed, classic albums, but their impact on the metal genre can be felt through a generation of bands that followed. Exhorder dissolved in the mid-nineties but briefly reunited in 2011. Now, the band has returned to reclaim their throne of NOLA metal with their awaited new album and an all-star line-up that includes Kyle Thomas (founding vocalist; Trouble, Heavy As Texas), Vinnie La Bella (founding guitarist), Marzi Montazeri (guitarist; ex-Superjoint Ritual, ex-Phil Anselmo & The Illegals, Heavy As Texas), Jason VieBrooks (bassist since 2011; Heathen, Grip Inc.) and Sasha Horn (drummer; Forbidden).