Expain ‘Aggressions Progression’; Free Exclusive Download on SMNnews
There’s something to be said about technology and its ability to bring musicians together and Vancouver’s Expain has Craigslist to thanks for its birth.
Mixing thrash with jazzier elements and everything in between, the band delivers music that’s energetic, diverse and thoughtful in every sense of the word. “Our music tends to be very melodic and we put a big emphasis on the songwriting, as well as the individual riffs,” says guitarist Eric Morrison.
The band’s debut album, ‘Just the Tip’, plays to its sense of humor, but also represents the beginning of a musical journey that’s not bound to stop or slow down any time soon. Writing about everything from overcoming adversity to partying hard, living in an ever-changing city and the state of today’s society as a whole, Expain has captured its true identity on record.
As Morrison explains, “We go through many different concepts on this album but I think throughout all of it there is an attempt to stay hopeful and make something positive out of difficult or unpleasant situations.”
Listen to Expain’s new single ‘Aggression Progression’ right here;
and get the free exclusive download here.
Watch the album teaser for ‘Just The Tip’;
1. Bacchus (1:05)
2. Aggressions Progression (3:40)
3. Phoenix Writhing (3:19)
4. The King (5:04)
5. Don’t Worry The Worst Is Yet To Come (3:33)
6. Idol Worship (5:23)
7. Allegiance To Pain (2:18)
8. Manatee (4:58)
9. Headbang Your Head Off (2:31)
10. A.T.M. (3:44)
11. Eating A Beating Heart (4:57)
Total Length: 40:37
All Songs performed by – Expain
All songs written by – Expain
Produced by – Matthew Roach
Mixed by – Matthew Roach
“a band built on displaying technical skills behind the instruments. A heavy and potent mixture of thrash and jazz metal, Vancouver, Canada?s Expain is hoping to become a staple in a genre built on technical skill and speed” – Under The Gun Review
“a perfect blend of the technical and melodic, combining together to create a sound that is incredibly unique and forthright. I have listened to the album several times now, and each time I find myself enjoying some new dimension to the sound, or some new aspect of the music. It just keeps getting better.” – Vancouver Metal
“Wildly diverse band that combines elements of thrash, punk, tech metal and even some jazz with an off-the-wall comedic streak.” Prog NW Metal Zone
“It?s one of the finest independently released albums I?ve ever heard in my life. From the short intro track ‘Bacchus’ all the way to the perfect closer in ‘Eating A Beating Heart,’ there’s so many quality thrashers on the disc. ‘The King’ is a personal favorite of mine as the musicianship is ridiculously tight. ‘Aggressions Progressions’ has an absolutely beautiful dueling solo section and ‘Manatee’ has a sick bass solo. Overall it’s 11 tracks of pure thrash mayhem” – Broken Neck Radio
“The band comes racing out of the gate with three dementedly heavy fist-pumpers… a promising metal act that is well worth a listen.” – Discorder (E.P.E.P Review)
“a strong mixture of early Thrash and Crossover Thrash concepts, blending them with a Melodic Death Metal sound, and plenty of energetic aggression.” – Apochs Metal Review (E.P.E.P Review)
“Don’t leave your children alone with The Almighty Excruciating Pain” – Metal Sucks (E.P.E.P Review)