The five members of From Exile stood opposite the room's entrance, mostly staring at their shoes while their fingers moved up and down their fret boards like spiders as they tore through a web of heavy rhythms and blackened prog stylings culled from the group's '09 CD, Monolith. Only a few songs into the set it became apparent that From Exile isn't really a metal band per se. Metal is certainly an influence, and "prog" applies, but both terms walk all over the subtle intricacies of the music. It's fast and complex, but the music's many working parts don't draw attention to themselves — the music has more in common with Fugazi than Rush, and it's more on akin to Kylesa than King Crimson.This dynamic really stood out in a bleak, but expansive cover of Nine Inch Nail's "Ruiner."
The group's singer, guitarist and principle song writer Eric Guenther (right) stood at the front and center of it all, sans any dialogue with the crowd. The rest of the band remained tight-lipped as well, glancing at each other during changes, and giving each other nods of approval when the audience shouted between songs. Guenther clearly has a stronger stage presence than the rest of the group, but give them a break. They're new guys for the most part, and these songs don't look like they're easy to play at all. But it sounded good, and this grand return to playing live felt like the seed of something much larger... Monolith was just the beginning.
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?