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Exit Ten

+ My Preserver + Cause Of Denial + Day Old Hate

“One of Britain’s brightest new hopes and best live bands… pure awesomeness ****” Kerrang

To say that Exit Ten have worked hard to achieve their current status as one of the most promising bands in UK rock and metal would be an understatement. The band’s critical acclaim belies their relative youth, and this combined with a iron determination and adept technical skill, makes for a band with world-conquering potential.

Formed in 2000 as a metal covers band, the close-knit four-piece consisted of the three Steele brothers; Chris (drums), twins Stuart and James (guitar and bass respectively) and lifelong friend Joe Ward (guitar). After a lengthy audition process, the Reading band discovered a unique vocal talent in Ryan Redman in 2003 – his distinctive vocals and aversion to faux-macho screaming, instead opting for soaring melodies, instantly set them apart from their indentikit scene contemporaries.

The following year, in April 2004 Exit Ten ventured into Criterion Studios in London with producer Mark Williams (Sikth, Oceansize, yourcodenameis:milo) to record their self titled EP. Their growing reputation for astounding live shows, coupled with the release of their EP rocketed them into the big league – playing the NME stage of V Festival as well as support slots with Deftones and Avenged Sevenfold and being championed on Richard Branson’s reality TV show Richard Branson: Rebel Billionaire was just the start.

The band continued touring & writing, recording their acclaimed mini-album in 2006 with metal producer extraordinaire Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Killswitch Engage). This World They’ll Drown (2006) brought more attention Exit Ten’s way, with national press championing the band as one of the most exciting UK bands around, and tours supporting the likes of Every Time I Die. The band then took time out to focus on their sound and further develop their hook laden prog/metal/rock sound.

The band returned with an album to silence critics, astonish fans, and prove that Exit Ten were back and stronger than ever. Remember The Day was released in 2008 to widespread critical acclaim with the track ‘Warriors’ made into a single. Throughout 2009 and 2010 the band took the new material on the road on headline tours throughout UK and Europe and in late 2010 the band headed out on the Jagermeister tour alongside Sylosis and The Defiled.

Towards the end of 2010, Exit Ten holed themselves up to begin recording their 2nd full length album with Jon Mitchell at Outhouse Studios (Enter Shikari, You Meet At Six, Funeral For A Friend).

Having holed themselves up in the studio for a few months at Outhouse Studios in their hometown of Reading, the band recorded their second album, due for release in October 2011. Moving away from the metalcore sound of old, the band return with a more anthemic rock sound, and have created a genuinely special album of earnest and uplifting songs, designed to empower and inspire.

Now more easily compared to the more epic or raw moments of Incubus and Pearl Jam, rather than Tool or Helmet, the band have focused more on textures and layers in their sound, even embracing the use of strings (see Suggest A Path), piano (see Drama) and mature instrumentation.

However the band have not ‘changed their sound’ as such; rather matured and grown as musicians and songwriters. Ryan Redman’s unique and distinct vocals continue to glide seamlessly over thunderous riffs and crashing percussion; the band have been unafraid to include slower, more intricate sections that build to epic conclusions (see Lion); their sound as a whole has branched out into truly unforeseen sonic territories.

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Doors 7:00PM, age 14+

FRI 22 FEB

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