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Released: 1998, Independent
Final Exit are a prog/power metal band from Houston, Texas. Influences range from Iron Maiden, Sanctuary, (older) Queensryche and Fates Warning. They have been doing pretty well for themselves in Houston and have opened for the likes of Metallica, Mercyful Fate, Fates Warning and Destiny's End.
While the production on Final Xit's five song CD is not the best, the spark of pure metal shines through unhindered. Houston may not be renown to be a world center for metal but Final Exit helps defy the stereotypes. Songs like "Mask of Time" showcase the bands ability to glide between heavy and acoustic passages and time changes as does "Rude Awakening" which is probably the heaviest of the five tracks and oddly enough (haha) my favorite! Besides the exceptional musical abilities of the band, vocalist Bryan Westbrook no doubt has the melody and the chops to really hit the higher notes. Westbrook comes off sounding like a Bruce Dickinson in training combined with the vocal styles of Geoff Tate and Warell Dane. Give this guy another year or two of perfecting his voice and look out. The band is participating in a Fates Warning AND a Queensryche tribute - appropriate. Final Xit are slightly more heavy/aggressive than these two bands sounding more like an earlier, rawer version of both. Lets hope they stay that way and not travel down the mellow path like Queensryche have. The main thing that needs improving is the sound quality. As well, a few more heavy tracks like "Rude Awakening" wouldn't go astray!
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