STREAM: Exhortation‘s Ashland Messiah


Get in here to stream the latest album from Texas prog-thrash phenoms, Exhortation.

Exhortation are the kind juicy heavy metal that makes grown men shake at the knees and women cry. There is something strangely charming about this band’s new record Ashland Messiah and their understanding of the modern metal polemic. While these Texans certainly flaunt the influence of bands like Warbringer and Havok they also bring something that is distinctly their own to the table making for some high powered fun. Sure they’re just starting out, but it’s still a blast to pick apart their shreddy solos and wonderfully chunky riffs. Exhortation understand why nerds like me love thrash metal and make sure to buy into that polemic whilst simultaneously showing us a proggier side that many of their peers have long ignored. These guys are clearly super talented and their use of good cop/bad cop vocals is tasteful, hinting at a strange new future for the art form.

The band had this to say:

“The album Ashland Messiah is about man’s inherent ability to destroy himself. It’s about demagogues, false prophets, and the plights that hinder the progression of mankind. In the album, the lyrics tackle issues such as climate change, religious extremism, and the futility of war. However, despite this very nihilistic tone, there lays a message that we can overcome the tribulations we as a species face and become something greater.”

Jam it now:

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  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Everything about this sounds perfect.

    • Isaac Goldsmith


      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Well, howdy! Fellow Texan here, nice to see you boys getting covered.

  • RustyShackleford

    Very cool. I dig the proggy aspect and think the vocals give it some dynamic. Not perfect for me but these dudes clearly have a lot of potential. I remember when I discovered Warbringer/Havok and loving it at first but those are bands that got old mad fast for me. This cool tho. Yep!

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Warbringer got old for you? Come on man!

      • I guess Rusty doesn’t get up at the crack of doom!!!

        • ME GORAK™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          WAKE UP!!!!!!!!! DESTROY!!!!!!!

      • RustyShackleford

        Alas, the war was brought and brought it could be no more. I am untrve!!!

    • The Tetrachord of Archytas

      I’m not famils with warbringer but I can say havok got old for me too. Their singer is actually really great at articulation, which is kind of a bummer; mainly cause their political and religious commentary is at like a 7th grade level

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Warbringer is good, never got much into Havok.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Havok is lile Warbringer, ‘cept good.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Shut up, stinky head.

        • Ayreonaut

          I love both. And they are touring together soon too, although unfortunately only in Europe

    • Just did some Googling about/listening to Havok to see if my opinion on them has changed (it has not) and stumbled upon Metal Injection’s review of Havok’s “Unnatural Selection.” The astute reviewer noted that “Even the Black Sabbath-esque “Children of the Grave” is one for the books,” LOL. Yes, I imagine a Sabbath cover WOULD be Sabbath-esque.

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  • Joaquin Stick

    A promising debut! Liking what I’m hearing so far. Needs like 98% more bandcamp page though.

    • Isaac Goldsmith

      We don’t use bandcamp much. Checkout

      • Joaquin Stick

        I did find that! Excellent website. I just like bandcamp as a way to keep up on bands all in one spot, and having all my digital downloads in one spot is nice too. Digging this album a lot, good work!

  • GL

    Digging the tracks. I like that each of them have their own flavor*. Too many songs/band conform to such a rigid track/song structure. Awesome.


    *Carbomb is another example of not conforming to the mold.

    • Yeah, some of the best riffmasters of the world can’t seem to write a song outside of the common pop/rock song structure.

  • KyleJMcBride

    Iz good, not my thing though.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    guh, soundcloud plug-in does not want to cooperate

    • RJA

      I get annoyed when I just see the soundcloud logo

  • Waynecro

    Thanks for the heads-up on these jams, Bacon!

  • Space Monster W.

    Good stuff, gents!

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    Have I ever told y’all that I hate Lou Reed as a human being? His music isn’t bad but I was listening to his version of Sweet Jane off of his live album Take No Prisoners and he sounds like such a fucking asshole.

    • KyleJMcBride

      He was an asshole.

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        Well I guess I was right. Also I forgot to ask but was Keel good when you saw them with Loudness?

        • KyleJMcBride

          I remember having a good time. Loudness were definitely the better band though.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            I’m sure I’ll enjoy seeing Loudness and Y&T.

    • KyleJMcBride

      Oh, and his “music” bores me to tears except Lulu which makes me laugh.

  • Spear

    Yep, this is a good. Picking this one up for sure.

  • KyleJMcBride

    Well, I can now manage “seal playing bicycle horns” versions of Kashmir and Limelight now. I just wish I didn’t have these tiny, Trumpian fingers to work with.

  • KyleJMcBride

    Seriously, my hands make Joe’s look like Andre The Giant.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      this is a sad state of affairs KJ

      • KyleJMcBride

        It is. Doing certain chords is almost a Herculean labor for me. I feel like my pinky is going to detach 1/2 the time.