Chuck Schuldiner Project

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Exhumed - Death Revenge

Exhumed have always held a fairly unique position in the world of death metal, they are perhaps the lead band in the world of hard hitting gore obsessed death metal that has come to define so many of these types of groups and their peers. What's striking though is after 2013's twisted and hard hitting Necrocracy and the 2015 rerecording of Gore Metal Exhumed is now coming at you hard with something far more ambitious than their last few records. Death Revenge is a well padded out concept album about a series of 19th century murders, and I fuckin' love it.

It's always interesting when a band of this caliber, who have a made for themselves for so long doing one thing move beyond it. Now yes, there have been theatrical elements in Exhumed in the past and yes the overall sonic approach of Exhumed hasn't changed, but the padding makes this release sound particularly different. You will still throw out your neck headbanging to the crazed riffs and manic drumming and you will still want to circle pit it up, but suddenly there's a lot more to unpack here than we've ever really had in an Exhumed record. This expansion of the sound is really exciting to me and hints at some interesting potential.

When it comes down to it, this is the sort of death metal record I have always loved, it has grandiose ideas and a powerful vision but simultaneously pays respect to the bands underground roots. Exhumed don't fuck around and they have always made a name for themselves cracking skulls and riffing hard. This record is a hell of a ride and one that you won't want to get off of. Join me for the satanic assault of Death Revenge, it's a huge step forward for the band but one that proves Exhumed deserve their place in the death metal pantheon.

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