EXHUMED (USA/Ca): “Slaughtercult” Cd 2000 Relapse


is incredible. they have stirred a part of my conscience I wasn’t
aware to own, they can play it 100% Metal and still be one of
my favorite bands today. Of Metal they have everything, long nauseatingly
sweet solos, a highly scenical presence/approach to the music,
with leather studs and all, and still they’re unerringly savage,
sort of BESTIAL WARLUST of Death Metal. Now on the exact identification
of Metal, I have come to a conclusion that surprised even me…
when I heard their previous “Gore Metal” for the first
time, I thought the term was just a tribute to POSSESSED (remember
the cover track on the split CD with HEMDALE?),
but as the listen went on, I realized the term Gore
Metal fitted perfectly. While 100% Death Metal, I think they can
also be identified as the founders of another genre which can
be identified as Gore Metal, and nobody would raise a word I think.
While made up basically of nothing more than extremely flowing
Death Metal which eyes CARCASS as the ultimate influence (I am
sorry, but you can’t really escape this eheh), the way they apporach
the music is something which has nothing to do with Grindcore
or Goregrind, like the other side of CARCASS, the essence who
made the band Metal even if they were basically Gore Grind…
I know I have not been clear but what the fuck, things remain
this album is much straighter than Gore Metal, the songs are even
more to the point and absolutely essential, so much one could
even get bored at a first listen. As you put it four of five times,
you finally get sucked in, and the groove nobody else can give
in the Death (whooppps i meant Gore) Metal like they do becomes
addictive. The artwork maintains the integralist line they got
ever since the debut demos, buckets o’ entrails splattered against
broken glass shards, the back pics depicting the band drinking
and showering in blood poured from skulls… the songs have titles
which remind me of small tributes to AUTOPSY, IMPETIGO and CARCASS
but that might be only my depraved immagination…. “Decrepit
Crescendo” -> “Symphonies of Sickness”, “Forged
in Fire” -> “Burnt to a Crisp”, “Dinnertime
in the Morgue” -> “Breakfast at the Manchester Morgue”,
“Slave to the Casket” -> “Born in a Casket”,
“Funeral Fuck” -> “Mental Funeral”, “Vacant
Grave” -> “Service for a Vacant Coffin”
and so on… also in the production and recording department
i see there’s a Swedish Mietzko, which I suppose is the mongoloid
who answered the NASUM interview in the first Nuclear Abominations
issue. All in all, nobody guts and chop ike EXHUMED!

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