Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Exhumed - Gore Metal Redux: A Necrospective

Well, seeing as in less than half an hour I'm going to be out the door to see Exhumed, I might as well take a minute to review their re-recording of 1998's hallmark classic, Gore Metal. Herein lies a record that will capture your imagination with crushing solos, dangerous riffs, and a pure heartfelt dedication to brutality that few can match. Exhumed understand why gore metal is so goddamn fascinating, and with this rerecording they give one of their most poignant statements a decrepit rebirth.

The primal energy expressed in Gore Metal Redux: A Necrospective is remarkable, if I didn't know better I'd think this was a wholly modern record. Exhumed have gone above and beyond to craft something that breaks the bones of the listener. Listening to this record is aural punishment in the best sense of the world. How can you listen to a track like Postmortem Procedures and not want to go out and wreck shit? Exhumed are turned on to a much more profound darkness, and I think its the sort of beautiful evil that many of our parents might still be afraid of. These guys are turned on to something much more evil than even their most diehard fans might suspect, and it's glorious. 

At the end of the day, all we can do is bend our knee before the frightening power that this band exudes. Feel the circle pit rise up within you and prepare to fuck shit up to classics that suddenly sound better and angrier than ever before. This is not a band to be trifled with, and they have proven with Gore Metal Redux: A Necrospective that the raw nerves which made them so great in the first place are still there. This record has made me understand; Exhumed will never die, it's only a matter of seeing how they choose to rot.

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