Exemption - The Rabbit Hole (Independent) - Back
Exemption has been kicking around since 2003 in Massapequa, New York. Four years might not be all that impressive when talking about a band’s existence, but when the oldest member of the band is eighteen it has to be somewhat of a bombshell especially after you hear them. They are a rockin’ metal group with a rockin’ attitude and their music has ties to bands like Corrosion Of Conformity, Black Sabbath, Alice In Chains, Melvins, Pantera, Led Zeppelin, Clutch, and Orange Goblin.

Their overall sound is somewhat of a grungy, stoner rockin’, bluesy thrash metal. Most it’s can be considered thrashy and aggressive or bluesy groove-driven rock. The music can have attitude or get a nice groove going both of which are pretty decent. Parts remind of songs that you would hear as wrestler intro music for the WWE, if that gives you a better idea of their sound.

Vocals are a pretty typical bluesy metal singing, not much to note about it. Some of the sludgy guitar riffs are pretty fat sounding and heavy, and the melodious rock riffs can get you swaying to the music. There are also better than average solos with noticeable passion that you might not expect out of younger musicians like these guys.

On this self-released disc you will find five of the eleven tracks are over seven minutes in length. There are eleven tracks in total for nearly seventy-four minutes. It’s really not bad album. But there really isn’t all that much in the music that makes me want to come back to this CD and listen to it again. I guess my main suggestion would be to add more hooks, and the heavier aggressive stoner metal riffs, to give the composition more energy and charisma. A definite improvement from their demo “Raw Naked Addiction” but I could use a little more…


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins