Exoto are a band from Belgium that plays a mixture of death and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2014 compilation "Beyond The Depths Of Hate" which will be released in October by Vic Records and consists of new recorded tracks from the demos, the first 2 studio albums and brand new songs.
An intro with children voices and 40's style music starts off the album and after the intro the music goes into more of a raw old school death metal direction along with some vocals that utilize both thrash and death metal elements and the band also uses a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the solos and leads the band uses are in a more melodic musical direction and at times you can hear a small amount of blast beats in certain sections of the recording and they are more in the 80's direction as well as the band adding in a slight hardcore influence and melody into the guitar riffing.
Acoustic guitars can be heard briefly on a couple of the tracks along with a small amount of melodic Gregorian chants and as the album progresses spoken word parts, samples, synths and sound effects can be heard at times along with a brief atmospheric sounding instrumental before making a return back to a heavier musical direction and the music also starts having more of a technical feeling on some of the later tracks.
Exoto brings in a mixture of both old and new tracks that show a very raw and old school style of death/thrash metal and you can also hear a great amount of talent and skill with the way the band approaches their musical instruments, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark and violent themes.
In my opinion Exoto are a very great sounding mixture of death and thrash metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out the band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Necromantic-Love Affair" "Culture Of Death" "Escape the Eternal Sleep" and "After Death". 8 out of 10