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Black Sites (Exile)

Turn this to 5.4 of 11

Released: 2019

Genre: Progressive Rock

Sounds Like: Evergrey, Moon Tooth, Trivium

Fast thrusting, guitar driven progressive rock is what Chicago natives bring forth on Exile. Black Sites conjure up a blend of 80s metal fused with progressive and Alt rock. Singer and guitarist Mark Sugar has an upfront and demanding vocal approach, a bit rough and raw sounding, every once in a while we hear tones of mid 80s Paul Stanley, check out the track “Prolonging”. This album has been spinning in our rotation for a few weeks now and it seems to wear thin after a few listens. There just doesn't seem to be any exploration, the full progressive sound is really nothing new. The music is not bad, there is just something about this album that screams cheese metal.


1. The Night They Came For You 05:31

2. To The Fire 04:02 

3. Feral Child 05:25

4.Coal City 07:36 

5. Dream Long Dead 04:44 

6. Focused Totality – The Psychic Knife 05:09 

7. Prolonging 05:09 

8. Dwell Upon The End 07:29

Standout Track(s)

The track “To The Fire” has some galloping metal riffs as the band seems to fully embrace an 80s metal feel.  

Adult Beverage Pairing

Jalapeno IPA from Masthead Brewing in Ohio. Adding a little spice to your brew will enhance your listening experience.


Vocal Performance

5 of 11


4.9 of 11

Risk of Subwoofer Damage

5.6 of 11

Captivation and Variety

5 of 11

Weight of the Heavy

5.7 of 11

Rhythmic Pace

5.1 of 11

Lyrics and Song Structure

5.9 of 11

Fretwork Prowess

6 of 11

Overall Album Flow

5.8 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics

7.9 of 11

Production Value

6.8 of 11

Final Thoughts:

Definitely give these guys a listen, they do have a broad sound that will lure in fans of progressive rock. We’ll definitely keep track of Black Sites, perhaps they can expand on their sound.

Black Sites is:

Mark Sugar – vocals & guitar

Ryan Bruchert – guitar

Garry Naples – drums

José Salazar – bass guitar

Follow Black Sites: Bandcamp / Facebook


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