"The Raging Tides'" title track begins with a short semi-ambient intro which draws the listeners in (and thankfully doesn't go on forever, as many modern albums' intros tend to do), and then the first riff practically forces their heads to start banging. The rest of the album's songs are similar, but not identical, to the first, which is a plus for me. Throughout the entire record, the skills of the band members show as they play the same old-school thrash metal that longtime fans would expect; not to technical, not to melodic, not monotonous at all. Mem V. Stein's vocals are...thrashy. I cannot think of another way to describe them. They're raspy, though not quite as raspy as Kreator's Mille Petrozza (but thankfully not the tight-codpiece type vocals of old Anthrax or Death Angel).
The song titles and lyrics are what one would want from an old thrash metal band: evil, death, blood, Hell...there is a lack of drinking themes in this album, but I can't see very many complaints over that. The album cover is quite possibly the most modern thing about the album, aside from the great mix.
To put it the best way, Exumer's newest offering is a prime example of the old cliche "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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