Exhumed
Gore Metal


2.5
average

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (84 Reviews)
January 10th, 2009 | 19 replies | 8,998 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Too much gore outweighs the substance.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

Everybody at this point in time can agree that horror movies have pretty much run their course these days. By running their course, I mean you have to examine what makes a good horror movie, “a really good horror movie”. Take for example Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later or Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Pyscho; both movies captivating their audiences with social commentary and intense scenes of suspense. Put these movies up against the splatter fests of the present like The Devils Rejects and the painfully bad (no pun intended) The Hills Have Eyes and you can clearly see that it’s like comparing gold to crap………well if you have any taste in movies that is. The same rings true in the grind/ death metal genre with its constant barrage of hit and miss bands that simply rely too much on the guts and not enough on the cerebral. Exhumed’s debut album,Gore Metal, unfortunately falls under the ‘bloody slasher flick’ category while trying to duplicate on the brains of Carcass’s Symphonies of Sickness, Cannibal Corpse’s Vile and Repulsion’s Horrified.

The main problem with Exhumed at this point in their career is that they didn’t fully realize that they were great musicians. Rather, Gore Metal capitalizes on all the clichés that Carcass brought to the grind table ten years before them and not quite enough of the substance that makes grind interesting enough to actually listen to repeatedly. Even so, as monotonous as most grind is, Exhumed can still pummel your brains into submission with their relentless displays of death metal infused grind. ‘Necromaniac’, Enucleation and ‘Casket Krusher’ feature the best parts of this album with combinations of quick punk and blinding blast beats, rapid-fire grinding riffs and some nifty little solos that would make Kerry King proud. Exhumed even know how to slow things down a touch (which is still pretty fast) with slow grinding chord chugs and resonating notes that contribute towards an uncomfortable ‘horror movie’ feel. Fans of the almighty ‘cookie monster’ grunts and growls will find no shortage here as well, complete with enough tongue in cheek lyrics to make a fan of splatter flicks cum prematurely.

At least with Gore Metal, we find that Exhumed retains a sense of humour that is commonly found amongst the death metal/ grind genre. Take a look at the front cover for example. You would expect that this might be a grind cover band upon first gazing your eyes at the bloody mess of entrails and the ‘head in a microwave’ laid out in a last minute attempt to give the album a shock factor (Cannibal Corpse anyone?). As well, the music wouldn’t sound nightmarishly cheesy without the odd drill-bit noise squirting blood and ‘Limb from Limb’s’ opening chainsaw buzz. One final laugh comes at you through the name choices of songs such as ‘Vagatarian II’ and ‘Deadest of the Dead’ (as if it weren’t brutal enough being dead already?), further solidifying that even though Exhumed take their music dead seriously, they can certainly make you laugh as well.

Despite Gore Metals flaws with monotony and cliché execution, Exhumed would go on to create much more original works of grind through Slaughtercult and Anatomy is Destiny. For fans of grindcore and tongue in cheek humour, this album has your name written all over it. For fans of something with a little more diversity, keep looking because Gore Metal may just bring the ‘lulz’ as well as the snooze.



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Wizard
January 10th 2009



19248 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't know how well known these guys are around here, but they are worth checking out (even this album). I've been on a bit of a grind binge lately so I might do another review for Anatomy is Destiny.

Enjoy the review people!

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masscows
January 10th 2009



2236 Comments


spot on review, band is boring

Wizard
January 10th 2009



19248 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks dude. Have you checked out their newer stuff?

Epilogue
January 10th 2009



1589 Comments


Great review. It's slowly motovating me to finish up my grind review...

Wizard
January 10th 2009



19248 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

What band might I ask?

Epilogue
January 10th 2009



1589 Comments


Discordance Axis :D

Wizard
January 10th 2009



19248 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Very nice :D!

illmitch
January 10th 2009



5429 Comments


Good review. I'm a big fan of Symphonies of Sickness, so I might check this out.

Wizard
January 10th 2009



19248 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thank you illmitch. Welcome to the site by the ways too. And this is up your alley in terms of Carcass like grindcore.

rasputin
January 10th 2009



14520 Comments


Great review Karl. Album looks really bad.

Phantom
January 10th 2009



8930 Comments


"Vagatarian II"...lol

Nice review. Pos'dThis Message Edited On 01.10.09

Wizard
January 11th 2009



19248 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review Karl. Album looks really bad.


Oh, I love when people use my real name on here hahaha. Thanks rasputin and Phantom. Album is grind fun!


SteelErectedb4you8er
December 22nd 2009



2613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Call me crazy, but I really love this album a lot. Not saying it is amazing, but man, I think it brings the awesome.

SteelErectedb4you8er
May 15th 2010



2613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Necrophiliac, Open the Abscess, and Deathmask for the win. It is a extremely fun album. I love the guitars on this.

Terrifyer
August 3rd 2010



3403 Comments


really want this album

the cover is absolute black donkey dick tho

DeafMetal
November 5th 2010



8584 Comments


i should check this out

DeathByAstonishment
May 17th 2012



269 Comments


Fun album. Seeing these guys live on Saturday with Black Dahlia and Nile. Gonna be tight!

DeadGuy
September 12th 2012



373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gore fucking metal

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KILL
September 12th 2012



70718 Comments


wiz the wise is right

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