On Sunday, January 15, Puerto Rico’s Internet TV show “Rockspot Plus” conducted an interview with vocalist Mem Von Stein of German thrash metal veterans EXUMER. You can now watch the chat below.
EXUMER recently signed a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records. The band’s first album in 24 years, “Fire Damnation”, will be released in the spring. The 10-track CD, which was recorded with renowned producer Waldemar Sorychta (GRIP INC., THERION, SODOM, MOONSPELL), “combines a punishing production with aggressive songwriting,” according to a press release. “EXUMER manages to capture the intensity and feel of the 1980s thrash metal gems and yet sound up to date on their latest output.”
Comments Mem V. Stein: “We are extremely happy and proud to have found a home with Metal Blade Records, a label that has the ‘know-how,’ integrity and appreciation for what EXUMER is about and stands for.
“We tried to do everything ‘right,’ with this album, from writing the new material to working with Waldemar Sorychta as our producer. Hence, Metal Blade Records as a label is the most logical choice for the band, in order to be represented globally and reach every fan that is interested in what EXUMER has to offer in 2012, and beyond.”
Mem V. Stein – Vocals
Ray Mensh – Guitar
T. Schiavo – Bass
H.K. – Guitar
Matthias Kassner – Drums
Formed in 1985 by Mem V. Stein and guitarist Ray Mensh, EXUMER went on to release two albums (1986’s “Possessed By Fire” and 1987’s “Rising From The Sea”) that are regarded as some of the most cult thrash metal releases ever to come out of Germany. EXUMER was also one of the first thrash metal acts to capture exotic, foreign markets like Poland and Brazil, where their albums were domestically released in the 1980s. The subsequent tours that followed those releases secured the band live shows in front of thousands of fans and an unusually large following outside of Germany.
Plagued by lineup changes and internal turmoil, the band broke up in 1990, and did not perform live, with the exception of 2001 appearance at the prestigious Wacken Open Air festival, until 2009.
Mem and Ray decided to re-activate EXUMER in 2008, and the band embarked on their first tour since 1988. The “5 Nights of Fire Tour”, took the band through Europe (Germany, Holland, Greece), and the USA, where they headlined the “Thrasho de Mayo Festival” in front of 1,300 fans in Los Angeles.
EXUMER returned to Europe in spring and the fall of 2010, where the band appeared at Norway’s Inferno Festival, among other stops in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Poland and Bulgaria during the “European Ignition Tour Part I II”.