Exister - Hot Water Music
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  • Band members: Jason Black, Chuck Ragan, Chris Wollard
  • Summary: The first release in over eight years for the Florida post-hardcore rock band led by Chuck Ragan and Chris Wollard was produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore.
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  1. May 15, 2012
    90
    Exister serves as a reminder that the thousands of bands aping this style of punk will never be as great as Hot Water Music.
  2. It's punk rock for the same fans who loved Hot Water Music years ago.
  3. Jun 7, 2012
    80
    Fewer songs here race and pulsate as before, but Chuck Ragan and co.'s gruff mix of grit and sweat remains in full effect. [May 2012, p.54]
  4. Jun 13, 2012
    75
    Exister may still press a heavy thumb on the melodic rock end of the scale... but enough Caution-era magic is recaptured for us to welcome these new transmissions from Radio Free Gainesville. [No.88 p.56]
  5. May 29, 2012
    70
    While the world might miss the raw energy and exuberance of their earlier work, the more precise and mature band found on Exister is still as effective, and is definitely one that fans will want to stop and catch up with.
  6. May 15, 2012
    70
    A little of this niggling frustration sticks, but for the most part Exister subsequently reveals itself as a more positive, uplifting record than its predecessors, adding something new to the band's eight-strong studio album canon.
  7. May 15, 2012
    42
    A handful of tracks manage to convey some sense of energy and urgency. Few of them, though, rustle up the dark hooks that used to be HWM's greatest strength.

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