Exhumed
Anatomy Is Destiny


4.0
excellent

Review

by TBliss USER (33 Reviews)
August 23rd, 2010 | 26 replies | 8,865 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ‘Anatomy Is Destiny’ is a great release primarily because Exhumed have found a pleasing middle ground between extreme metal violence and a keen sense of song writing proficiency.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

California’s Exhumed are band that I for some reason have overlooked for many years. Recently, after reading about comparisons to such abiding extreme metal outfits as Carcass and Autopsy, the band popped back up onto my radar, and I finally got around to listening to their third full length, ‘Anatomy Is Destiny’. And boy am I glad that I did.

‘Anatomy Is Destiny’ serves up the perfect death metal/grind recipe that makes for a truly pulverizing experience. Whilst the songs are certainly hectic (just check out the utterly ruthless ‘The Matter Of Splatter‘) and rattle along with a grindcore intensity, there is a definitive structure to the tracks and a awareness of composition and arrangement which retains a pleasant infectiousness without negating the merciless disposition.

The most prevalent example of this is in the guitar leads, which happily forego the undisciplined and dissonant shredding and redundant whammy bar abuse that many bands exhibit, as solos such as ‘In The Name Of Gore’ remain frantic and frenzied yet soar with a melodic temperament.

Although, the high tempos are not the only affecting weapon in Exhumed’s arsenal. The band frequently throughout the disc make uses of some monstrous sludgy grooves, such as in opener ‘Waxwork’, where at the two and a half minute mark the track breaks down into a lurching, heaving riff that stands as an album highlight. Again this displays the bands ability to assess when to alter pace and construction in order to create the most devastating experience possible.

The vocal juxtaposition, although being nothing new, also works well. The gutturals are extremely low, almost to the point where they are difficult to hear, yet are always quickly replaced by some high pitched shrieks that are constantly impressive in their clarity and speed, especially in the aforementioned ‘The Matter Of Splatter’, with the blistering vocal lines being executed fantastically well.

‘Anatomy Is Destiny’ is a great release primarily because Exhumed have found a pleasing middle ground between extreme metal violence and a keen sense of song writing proficiency. Combining these two elements, the band have succeed in creating an album with endless replay value, avoiding the all too inevitable pitfall that many succumb to and concentrating on sonic barbarity over memorable tracks.



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Terrifyer
August 23rd 2010



3403 Comments


great review and awesome album bro

you didnt happen to get this off Pervet The Church did you?

TBliss
August 23rd 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cheers man

nah I didnt, whats Pervert The Church, a blogspot?

Terrifyer
August 23rd 2010



3403 Comments


yeah I just posted this album on there yesterday :P

TBliss
August 23rd 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, cool. Nah a friend suggested I give them a shot. So glad I did :D

Wizard
August 23rd 2010



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heard this band got back together. Should be interesting.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2010



16310 Comments


This album is great.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

TBliss
August 23rd 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Are Impaled worth checking out? Heard they are similar to Exhumed.

Terrifyer
August 23rd 2010



3403 Comments


yes. I haven't had a chance to listen to them yet but Mondo Medicale is meant to be their best.

also check out Haemorrhage (particularly Apology For Pathology), they are similar Carcass-worship from Spain

TBliss
August 23rd 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet man, will do :D

Wizard
August 24th 2010



19329 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Are Impaled worth checking out? Heard they are similar to Exhumed.

Impaled are ok but are nothing worth diving into.

Dryden
August 24th 2010



12928 Comments


rules

Terrifyer
August 24th 2010



3403 Comments


downed my rating. still a great album, but it doesnt have much replay value

TBliss
August 24th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really? I've listened to this alot over the last week and am still enjoying it. Mabye it'll wear off soon...

TBliss
September 30th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just spun this again, The Matter of Splatter rulllllles.

FenixZero
December 15th 2010



382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band is awesome.

MO
January 25th 2011



18497 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is beast

YUJOS
June 30th 2011



916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review man!

TBliss
September 28th 2011



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers man :D

DeathByAstonishment
May 20th 2012



269 Comments


Just met the band tonight! Guys are chill as fuck, truly down to earth. And they brought out a fake decapitated head full of blood at the end of the show!

Regulator
September 2nd 2012



602 Comments


haha met these guys on tour with Dahlia, and asked their singer why they didn't have any CDs for sale. He asked if I had heard of "this thing called the internet. Just go on that thing there, and download them all." LOL. bought a shirt to give em some love. and upon downloading their shit, I will hafta purchase some soon.



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