A love of hard rock and heavy metal has been a common bond for Conan and Mario Moreno of Ex Mortus
since the cousins dressed up as KISS' Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley for Halloween as kids in the late 90s. Now in their mid-20s, they are the frontman/guitarist and drummer for thrash metal upstarts Exmortus. The band just released it's third album, Slave To The Sword and its sound is a blistering blend of Euro-influenced, neo-classical thrash metal. Conan's magnificent guitar solo centerpieces tie the songs together and evoke memories of 80s sred-guitar greats like Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. Altogether, it is a big leap from the KISS-worshipping days of Whittier cousins' youth yet their heavy sound, is still rooted in family!