Album Year: 2012
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I don’t remember the last time I heard a band combine metal and dubstep as well as Exotype. I honestly have never liked dubstep on its own, but Exotype uses it in a way that never becomes repetitive. Combining these two unique genres has been done before (see The Browning), but never as well.
“Emerge” is incredibly well-thought-out and executed. It does not feel in any way like the work of a band less than a year old. Each song flows very smoothly and doesn’t get boring in any way. I’m a huge fan of Josh’s vocals. His screaming is unique and doesn’t sound like everyone else, avoiding one of the biggest pitfalls of screamed vocals. His clean singing is even better. Josh’s singing is melodic, but not whiny. Each lyric is forceful and enjoyable even to someone who doesn’t listen to a lot of clean vocals. The drummer isn’t constantly playing like in a lot of metal bands, but he definitely carries his weight. Somewhat surprisingly, Exotype doesn’t have a bassist, but between the down-tuned guitars and dubstep bass lines, it isn’t really necessary.
I only have a few very minor complaints about “Emerge”. The guitar work is good, but could perhaps use a bit more variety instead of just mainly chugging. My only other complaint is that the word “fuck” and its many derivatives is used a bit too often in a few of the songs. I don’t really have a problem with swearing in music, but it feels a bit cliché and seems like an attempt to make the music just a bit heavier.
“Emerge” is an incredibly good EP. I found it incredibly unique and not repetitive (as I’ve already said several times). My personal favorite song was Incisions, and my least favorite was Synthetics. Exotype is definitely going somewhere, record label or not.