I received this album in my inbox this past week and figured, why not…let’s give it a go shall we? It has many appealing elements to it so let’s see what the album entails… When I read the bio for Hexed, a brand new band out of Sweden, I was pretty enticed on check out their EP, Exhaling Life. When I say, brand new, I mean less than two years old. With elements of symphonic metal, melodic metal and straight up classic metal with a female twist, the EP is recommended for fans of Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil and related artists, that’s if you’re into the female fronted metal scene which tends to gravitate to similar sounds. The three track EP is a varied look into the talents of musicians that stepped away from the metal scene for too long and wanted to get back and contribute to the metal community.
Forsaken kicks off their interesting EP on a familiar note, very familiar I will say. Very keyboard and atmospherically heavy, the track is extremely similar to the track Final Destination by one of the biggest names on the symphonic metal game, Within Temptation. There are remnants of difference between the tracks but overall, they are very much similar.
Exhaling Life, gets heavier and brings in a progressive and almost experimental notion to it. A little chuggy, the chorus is pretty stimulating and the soaring clean vocals get slightly epic/anthemic as well. There are some screams throughout the track if you’re craving a more hardcore environment. This one took me a few listens to digest but after that I found it to be my favorite track of the EP.
Dreams, threw me off. I was expecting a more keyboard friendly and ambient tone to it but it’s the more direct metal track of the bunch. I was not too fond of the screams on this one. There could have been some more creative artistry, perhaps more double bass if they wanted to go the heavier route or more melodic works as they claim they are melodic. I don’t know, I just couldn’t get into this one.
A rather direct EP, showcasing some different faces of the band, I wonder what their upcoming full length album, Netherworld, will bring. It was a little hard to tell at what direction the band was going for but hey unpredictability is always a good thing. There’s also a slight dark feel to it, sometimes on the gothy side of things so if you’re into the aforementioned bands and want to jump on board with an upcoming name then give these guys a shot. Stay Metal \m/
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