The Shape You Took Before the Ache will be released September 9th via Good Fight Music in the US, and via New Damage Records throughout the rest of the world.
Listen to opening track "Sacrifice to Purify," via Revolver, here:
From Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Exalt represents the next generation of dark, metallic hardcore, in the circle of current crushers like Code Orange and Harm's Way. Influence can be traced back to a range of bands that first made their mark in the '90s: hardcore heroes Converge; purveyors of industrial-strength dread Godflesh; and even some of the artists responsible for bringing metal to the mainstream in that decade and ushering in nu-metal, like Deftones and Fear Factory. Canada's preeminent music magazine, Exclaim!, has named Exalt, simply, "one of hardcore's most promising bands."
The sound on The Shape You Took Before the Ache exudes massive heaviness through simple, brutish riffs and primitive, machine-like rhythms. From opener "Sacrifice to Purify" onward, the band makes it clear that the intent is maximum impact through minimalist tactics, harking back to a time in metal's past when raw power ruled. But adding another dimension to the music are the haunting melodies that arise up out of the punishment on many of the songs. "Worship" is elevated to a whole other astral plane by a soaring chorus vocal, contrasting vicious chugs; on "The Ache," "The Shape" and "I Dove Into the Sun," the band descends fully into a fragile, atmospheric realm, creating beautiful and unsettling moments. It is a further realization of what was promised by 2014 sophomore album Pale Light, which Substream called, "ominous... haunting... a foreboding soundtrack."
The Shape You Took Before the Ache was produced by Pete Grossman and Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Ringworm).
The full tracklist is as follows:
1) Sacrifice to Purify
3) Martyr Alone
4) Judas Wolf
5) The Ache
6) Leave Them All Behind
8) Body Be Free
9) The Shape
11) I Dove Into the Sun
Exalt, whom have toured with the likes of Cancer Bats, Obey the Brave, Capsize, Old Wounds, and Axis, are currently on tour with Dark Sermon in the US.
Dark Sermon, Exalt:
Jul 13 - Chicago, IL @ The Fallout
Jul 14 - Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
Jul 16 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Jul 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock
Jul 18 - Reno, NV @ PB&J's
Jul 19 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Blue Lagoon
Jul 20 - Fullerton, CA @ Slide Bar
Jul 21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
Jul 23 - Tucson, AZ @ Gary's Place
Jul 24 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Jul 25 - Ft Worth, TX @ Tomcats
Jul 26 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
Jul 27 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova
Jul 29 - Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge
Jul 30 - Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
Aug 2 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary (Exalt only)
Photo by Steph Mill