When Reading based five piece EXIT TEN released their debut album Remember The Day back in 2008, they quickly transformed from being hyped youngsters with bags of potential, to being real contenders to the crown of British guitar based music. Stellar reviews poured in from all sides (4/5 Kerrang, 8/10 Rock Sound, 4/5 Total Guitar, 5/5 Big Cheese) with the overall feeling that the UK had finally produced a band that were taking all of the best elements of metal and heavy music, removing the clichés, and offering their own original, passionate and uplifting take on the scene.
But all was not well behind the scenes. The band released their debut through their own label Deep Burn, distributed by the ill fated Pinnacle structure and when the latter went into liquidation, so too did EXIT TEN’s chances of breaking through from the British underground scene. When shops would sell out of their debut album, they were unable to order more stock. The band continued to tour the UK & Europe on headline tours and supporting the likes of Deftones, picking up legions of dedicated fans and near perfect reviews for their “mesmerising” live shows. But in order for a band to truly succeed, albums must be on the shelves and readily available for both fans and newcomers to acquaint themselves with and purchase.
3 years later EXIT TEN return. Having holed themselves up in the studio for a few months at Outhouse Studios in their hometown of Reading, the band recorded their second album, due for release in October 2011. Moving away from the metalcore sound of old, the band return with a more anthemic rock sound, and have created a genuinely special album of earnest and uplifting songs, designed to empower and inspire.
Now more easily compared to the more epic or raw moments of Incubus and Pearl Jam, rather than Tool or Helmet, the band have focused more on textures and layers in their sound, even embracing the use of strings (see Suggest A Path), piano (see Drama) and mature instrumentation.
However the band have not ‘changed their sound’ as such; rather matured and grown as musicians and songwriters. Ryan Redman’s unique and distinct vocals continue to glide seamlessly over thunderous riffs and crashing percussion; the band have been unafraid to include slower, more intricate sections that build to epic conclusions (see Lion); their sound as a whole has branched out into truly unforeseen sonic territories.