Exister

  • Record Label: Rise
  • Release Date: May 15, 2012
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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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. Kerrang!
    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]
  3. It's punk rock for the same fans who loved Hot Water Music years ago.
  4. May 29, 2012
    80
    While it may not have that instant classic feel of Caution, it more than lives up to its older brothers in every way possible.
  5. May 15, 2012
    80
    Hot Water Music nicely balances aggression and craft on Exister.
  6. Magnet
    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]
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 70
    While not all of the fist-pumping numbers here are equally successful ("Drag My Body" nearly deflates the middle portion of the record by sounding like The Smithereens), they do show a reunited band that's interested in charting a path forward instead of simply reflecting their past glories.
  10. Q Magazine
    Oct 12, 2012
    60
    It's a welcome return. [Jul 2012, p.104]
  11. 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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