Mem V. Stein – vocals
Ray Mensh – guitars
T. Schiavo – bass
Matthias Kassner – drums
Marc B. – guitars
Exumer has never been in a rush. The influential German thrash veterans haven’t taken a typical career approach to being a band since they reformed in 2008. Still, Possessed by Fire (1986) and Rising from the Sea (1987) stand as highlyheralded triumphs of the genre, particularly the former. Upon reemerging from hibernation, Exumer released their third fulllength worldwide on Metal Blade Records. Fire & Damnation was exceptionally well received, and the band performed a series of shows over the course of the following years across North America, Europe, and South America.
Where Exumer goes, die hard thrash fans surely follow.
Brief Exumer history:
Formed in 1985, by singer/bassist Mem V. Stein and guitarist Ray Mensh, Exumer released Possessed by Fire (1986), and 1987 (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. Ultimately, the band was plagued by lineup changes and internal turmoil, which lead to a break up in 1990. The band performed live in 2001 at the prestigious Wacken Open Air Festival, which served as their only live appearance until 2009. Mem and Ray decided to reactivate Exumer in 2008. The band embarked on their first tour since 1988 with five show in April and May of 2009. 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 over a thousand fans in Los Angeles.
Metal Blade Records released Fire & Damnation in April of 2012, which catapulted Exumer back onto the forefront of the international music scene. Shows across the globe in 20122015 (Bang Your Head Festival in Germany, South and North American Offensive tour, Blastfest in Norway, European Frost and Fire tour, Wacken, Headbangers Open Air)
further cemented the band’s cult status among the ranks of classic thrash metal acts in the world.