Glasgow is famous for many things. Monuments sporting traffic cone on their heads, head-butts, head cases and head shops, all indicators of a massive underground culture of raw crazyness, and spearheading the movement behind industrial head-bangage are extreme metal-heads Exile the Traitor. Way ahead of the curb and always ready to bring the pain, Exile have packed out shows all over the UK and beyond, playing with such incredible head-lining acts as Anaal Nathrakh, Colours to Shame, The Colour Pink is Gay, Scordatura and many others in recent months. In 2012, they even took to the stage at world renowned outdoor heavy metal festival Bloodstock.
Interestingly enough, the band adopted their singer Anton Franzén before hearing him sing. His image and presence were enough to get him in, and since, the band has become a staple in the ever-growing world of Scottish rock/metal as well as the Scotland/Sweden Viking alliance, obviously!
I spoke to their bass player Will Keogh a bout what makes the band tick, and he said, “We basically write the kind of music that we like to listen to. Dahlia/At The Gates/Darkest Hour etc. Couple that with our love of 80s horror and boom there you go!”
Listening to the bands début EP Necrology, as well as their more recent work, it’s easy to hear these strong influences helping to shape the bands sound.
By Chris Jordan