have you ever heard of a guy called Azog? no? hm, you shouldn't be so sure about that cause you most likely have heard about him. even though you most likely know him under his other moniker Kirk MK-U or just as the MK-ULTRA's bassist who now plays in SICK/TIRED. if I'm not mistaken EXALTED was formed 2 or 3 years after MK-ULTRA called it a day by Kirk a.k.a. Azog, Arend a.k.a. Jon who used to be in CHARLES BRONSON and 2 other guys that were called Baazigar and Hecubus. now, why would someone exchange a name like Kirk or Jon for a name like Azog, Arend or (my personal fave) Baazigar? you guessed it - cause he plays in a BLACK METAL band now or to be more precise he plays in what he or most other HARDCORE kids believe to be a BLACK METAL band cause there aren't many of those bands out there that are able to really hide their roots which is totally OK for me cause I prefer those bands above nearly all "pure" BLACK METAL bands in most cases anyway. before this 7" EXALTED already released a full-length called WE ARE THE GRIM THRONG that's also worth a listen. the 2 tracks on this 7" were recorded together with 3 other tracks. Kirk was kind enough to send me all 5 tracks and had tagged them as HEARTLESS TREMOLO so I guess that was the title of the planned 12" that was abandoned cause Jon who handled the vocals together with Kirk decided to not like his vocals anymore and so the 12" became a 2 song 7". even though I also like Kirk's vocals more than those of the other guy it's not like Jon's vocals would be totally unlikeable.