Public Cemetery Party Review

It’s Halloween season, just the right time for some bloody stoner rock. Taking a look at the cover art of Exemption’s Public Cemetery Party, I’d say we have a soundtrack for the dead bodies, shaving cream, and all out party that is late October 2010. Here’s the Australian Chicks first CD review, venturing though PCP track by track:

Hyperspiral- The first track starts off with a riff familiar to dedicated Exemption fans. Personally, I’ve been waiting a long time indeed to hear Nick Lee’s screaming alongside a powerful vocal performance by lead vocalist Tom Moran. This song really stomps out any doubts you may have had that Exemption is too much chaos to handle on a recording. The added psychedelic modulations make this song one of my personal favorites. Ending on a gang vocal repeated enough times to raise suspense, I’m most definitely ready to move further into the Public Cemetery Party.

Blood Heaven- The musicianship of all three members is most highly accented in this, my personal favorite four minutes of the album. The introduction of moving guitar, powerful bass, and stylistically precise drums welcomes the listener to really pay attention to the dramatic song this will turn into. Lyrically graphic, Tom captures some of the darkest love scenes that climax in a chorus that pulls back, but only enough to save you from going insane. The ending bit contains such an aesthetic quality that takes any dark thoughts from the lyrics and makes them truly beautiful. This connection between each part of the song really ties together why fans love Exemption so much.

Mutating Skulls- This song pulls you in fast and hard! The guitar tone especially gives this song that kiss of purity that allows anyone listening to fall head first into the world of PCP. Gang vocals are perfect for audiences to yell along with and really feel like a part of the band during a live performance. The solo that ends the song really takes care of making sure this party is alive.

Hounds of Sound- Right away, something in the album has changed. Beauty has been sacrificed for fear. Nick and Tom both give incredibly emotional vocal performances. This is the type of urgency and suspenseful sound that all good metal bands need in an album. If you’re itching to hurt your friends at a live performance, here’s your song. After a track this horrifying, you’ll be lucky if your friends are still in the venue.

Godzilla- A controlled, heavy sound and excellent drumming by Ray Marte keeps this song while Tom’s vocals really express a certain tiring cry that follows Hounds of Sounds perfectly. After a few listens, this is my least favorite track. This however, is a testament to how much I love the album. This is a very technical and well produced and performed song. The end of the song pulls the poor, blood covered Hounds of Sound victim back into the pit for some more PCP.

White Animal- Now that the bloodbath is over, the party goers are finally ready to continue with the fun. This song something I look forward to every time I hear Godzilla ending. Tom’s vocal prowess really shines hear while Nick and Ray show that they don’t need to be rocking as loud as they can to make you enjoy Exemption. The lyrics are superb angst that can speak to any scene of music listeners who all seek to improve their lives through shear effort. I’d also like to mention how much I love the solo, as it restores my faith that more music resembling the artistic aesthetic of the first three tracks is to come.

Birds- My hunch was right, and there’s still more beauty to be found in the twisted, eerie song, Birds. One of Exemption’s most prominent skills is their ability to retain heavy themes with twists of blues and psychedelic vibes that are too right-feeling to be accidental. Birds reminds me that these guys know exactly what they’re doing. The track is lengthy, but the spooky motion of each instrument really ease you through to a place where you could have been listening to this CD for about twenty minutes to several days. Tom’s moaning toward the end really makes me feel like I’ve just woken up in a cemetery (in case anyone is curious to know that feeling, this track is for you).

Cold Bodies- This track gives the façade of an ending. It’s an epic, triumphant song that really wakes up the dead of the Public Cemetery Party. This supernatural theme allows any spectator of this party to marvel at the scene as if they were a police officer looking down on Woodstock. Congratulations Exemption, this CD is more than worth the time and effort you all put in.

        Tasted by Love- Wait, it’s not over??? The supernatural psychedelic beauty of PCP culminates so sweetly in this one track. This is the track where the before mentioned spectator joins the Cold Bodies and the Hounds of Sound and in Mutating their Skulls in a Hyperspiral of Blood Heaven, to be sacrificed and combined into the Cemetery, dragging the Birds, Godzilla, and any White Animal left in the audience after the song. A tremendous maelstrom of emotion and power finishes the listener off, leaving them a part of something incredible, an experienced soul ready for what‘s to come, and a poor victim addicted to PCP.

This review of Exemption’s latest album Public Cemetery Party was written by Paul Weyer; Co-founder of Australian Chicks Productions.