On its third album, Letter to the Exiles unleashes a sustained metalcore attack that displays both finesse and brutality.
The Long Island, N.Y.-based quartet serves up enough blistering riffage and pummeling blast beats to satisfy any aficionado of hard music while keeping its Christian lyrics keen and uncompromised. Guitarist Mark Randazzo lends the album distinct colors with his fluent, near-prog solo flights. His clean singing contrasts powerfully with the harsh vocals of newly recruited member Chris King, letting the band move from the exalted to the horrific (sometimes in the same song). The brooding ballad “A World of Wicked Man” pairs the two singers in a duet of rising desperation. Transcending the fallen nature of man is a recurring theme, with “The Violence of Our Kind” and “They Made Me the War Machine” especially standing out for their apocalyptic fervor. War of Ages vocalist Leroy Hamp joins King for the harrowing but ultimately redemptive “Retribution.” Letter to the Exiles surges and chugs through Make Amends with impressive agility and purpose.
From Long Island, NY comes a band that knows the meaning of follow through. Letter to the Exiles has persisted in sharpening their skill and sound, honing it into finely pointed hardcore-influenced metal even during the most formidable of times. LTTE know the struggle to keep moving forward is worth it; know that the creative push that allows them to write the honest and direct lyrics that comprise their new album Make Amends is essential to what the band is at its very core. “As a band we recognize that nothing is going to be given to us. But we also know that great things and great potential lie ahead if we just keep moving forward.”
The new album, Make Amends, promises to be aggressive, following in the immortal footsteps of the great NY hardcore and metal bands that have come before, while simultaneously exhibiting the band’s ability to keep things progressive by interspersing the hard with the soft, and unveiling the moments of peaceful calm they have interwoven throughout the album.
Letter to the Exiles released their Facedown debut Make Amends on August 14.
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