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Exclusive Track Premiere: Exist, “Happily Ever After (For a Week or So…)”

Artwork by Sebastian Jerke
Artwork by Sebastian Jerke

Before we get into the most excellent new Exist track, it’s important you understand the following: Max Phelps, the band’s mastermind, was a touring member of Cynic and Defeated Sanity and he fronted Death To All (the touring tribute band to Chuck Shuldiner), while the band is rounded out by bassist Alex Weber (Jeff Loomis) and guitarist Mathew Rossa, with drummer Hannes Grossman (Necrophagist, Obscura) lending his talents to the latest album.

If that doesn’t give you some kind of idea of what to expect, you probably have no business listening anyway.

So: “Happily Ever After (For a Week or So…),” aside from describing our mental state most of the time, is a fantastic brew of death metal, pulling elements from all of the band members’ past and associated projects with an extra jazzy, fusion-y twist that’s all Exist’s own. That guitar solo to end the track — crikey! It’s the stuff of masters. Simply put, Exist are a progressive death metal fan’s dream band, and we’re certain you’re going to like what you’re hearing.

So True, So Bound comes out on June 9th via Prosthetic Records; pre-order it here. You can catch Exist on tour with Gorguts and Defeated Sanity this June (with Phelps pulling double duty!); dates below.

6/3 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
6/4 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
6/5 Detroit, MI – Loving Touch
6/6 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
6/7 Chicago, IL – Reggies
6/8 Columbus, OH – Alrosa Villa
6/9 Milwaukee, WI – Club Garibaldi
6/10 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
6/11 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
6/12 Oklahoma City, OK – Thunder Alle
6/13 San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
6/14 McAllen, TX – Sofies
6/15 Houston, TX – White Oak Music
6/16 New Orleans, LA – Siberia
6/17 Tallahassee, FL – The Wilbury
6/18 Orlando, FL – The Haven
6/19 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
6/21 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
6/22 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
6/23 New York, NY – La Poisson Rouge
6/24 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

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