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The Southern California quartet EXMORTUS — whose invigorating twin-guitar mix of neoclassical shred, Bay Area thrash, progressive death and traditional heavy metal has earned the group a devoted following.
Co-founded a decade ago by then-teenage cousins Conan (vocals/guitar) and Mario Moreno (drums), EXMORTUS self-released several demos and EPs before signing with Heavy Artillery Records in 2007. The group’s 2008 debut “In Hatred’s Flame” and 2011 follow-up “Beyond The Fall Of Time” earned praise for their “frighteningly aggressive thrash blended with both death metal and NWOBHM bluster” (Blabbermouth), and their exuberant, shred-heavy live performances can convert even the most jaded heshers into enthusiastic headbangers.
In 2013 EXMORTUS announced their signing to Prosthetic Records (Lamb of God, All That Remains, Gojira) and began working on their most mature and best recording to date. Produced by Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Warbringer, Suffocation) at Castle Ultimate and featuring cover art from Philip Lavere (Kreator, Celtic Frost) the album was released in February 2014 to overwhelming critical attention and stayed on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal most requested chart for most of the year. The release was followed by a year mainly spent on the road criss-crossing the US on tours alongside Dark Tranquillity/Omnium Gatherum; Lich King; Flotsam & Jetsam; Hatchet/Cellador; Arsis/Allegaeon, culminating with an appearance at Knotfest and a televised performance as the musical guest on a LA KISS arena football game.
EXMORTUS recently completed recording their next album, again with producer Zack Ohren, due in January 2016. The band have taken what they learned on the road and are destined to top previous outings. The album is being set up with tours supporting Kyng and Marty Friedman and a digital single/physical 7” for the song “For the Horde” in Sept. Prosthetic is firmly behind the group and has earmarked them as a key developing artist priority for the label.