EXIT TEN – GIVE ME INFINITY
Released 10th October 2011 (Deep Burn)
Words: Tom Willmott
The music industry hasn’t exactly been kind to Reading five piece Exit Ten. Back in 2008, after relentless touring, they released their well -received debut “Remember The Day”, only to find six months later that their label had run into financial difficulties and their hard -earned album was no longer appearing on the shelves. Their follow- up has been a long time coming, but here we are now with their latest release “Give Me Infinity” – and proof that the band have come back fighting.
Those who were fans of the technical and heavy elements of their debut may have to make some adjustments to this new album, as the band have brought several new ideas to the table, making it an intriguing compilation. But that’s not to say they’ve totally ignored their roots, as shown in the first two tracks, “Life” and “Curtain Call”, with the latter already becoming a firm live favourite. The record really starts to get interesting, though, with “Suggest A Path”, which at first might not sound familiar territory, particularly the inclusion of strings and some unexpected semi-crooning vocals from frontman Ryan Redman, but it’s like an anthem in the making, something you’d expect from a latter day Biffy Clyro track. And there are more delights showcased in the form of “Drama”, an eargasmic blend of Tool and Incubus and a highlight of the record. Some songs such as “Eyes Never Lie” are slow to make an impression but all the same are worthy listens. But it’s when you get to “Mountain” that the band make a bid for the big league. With soaring guitars and an overall Pearl Jam vibe, this would make a perfect next single! The concluding track “Lion” is a great finishing touch, accompanied by a Muse-esque intro, and ending with another powerful vocal performance.
For some this is a band they may not fall in love with the first time, and for others not every track will recreate the special sound they are looking for but overall this is a mature and impressive performance and shows the band are not afraid to think outside the box, adding a worthy collection of tunes to their discography.