Review: Expain - Just The Tip (Out on June 24, 2014)

Expain (formally known as "The Almighty Excruciating Pain") hail from Vancouver BC, which made a lot of sense to me as I have found their brand of humour to have a familiar overtone. It's always nice to hear some high quality shreds originating out here on the west coast. As per usual, I tend to notice the drumming right away, and Expain certainly has the right guy for the job. What a powerhouse!! Speaking of which, it is worth mentioning that this band was formed exclusively with the help of Craigslist, boy technology can do swell things sometimes.

Aside from the obvious that these guys shred like hell, it's cool to hear metal being jazzed out a little bit; I'm a huge music nerd so I'm into that sort of thing. I remember the first time I heard Sleep Terror, there's a lot of that cool jazziness in there too, it blew my mind to hear how well these totally different musical elements can actually work together. So that's pretty cool. It's awesome to see musicians who utilize as much of their playability and influences together in a cohesive delivery, I think that very few bands can truthfully stake that claim. Expain are self releasing Just The Tip on June 24, so make sure you rip over to Bandcamp, iTunes or CD Baby to get your hands on your copy! It's always commendable to see a band self releasing their own albums, which I know from experience is not an easy (or cheap!) task to undertake. Show this band some love, these guys are going hard and kicking ass!

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