Exhumed
Necrocracy


4.0
excellent

Review

by Darion Paone USER (77 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2013 | 22 replies | 4,681 views


Release Date: 07/30/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Exhumed establish a Necrocracy to the glorious hymn of Christopher Hitchens' 'God Is Not Great' and me masturbating in a corner.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Death metal and grindcore mixers galore (or just gore) Exhumed managed to hit the severed testicle well out of the park this time around, and nobody's happier to hear such a fantastic album than I am. With “Necrocracy”, Matt Harvey and his cohorts have done two things. They've succeeded their old approach to making music, paying homage to the olden days, and they've made a kickass new sound to go along with it. You know what we call that in America? Neither do I, but I'd reckon it's something along the lines of, "fuckin' cool shit". That's what “Necrocracy” is - it's fuckin' cool shit.

I've listened to this album for quite a while since the promo came in, and I can say for sure that it appeals to the older Exhumed fan in me just as much as it appeals to my inner "modern" death metal fan. There are plenty of reminders of "Slaughtercult" on “Necrocracy” - hell, I'd argue that some of these riffs hearken back to the days of "Gore Metal" - and there are riffs and solos in here that are reminiscent of everything from Amon Amarth to Bloodshot Dawn (which, now that I think about it, is a terrible comparison because it's just A to B... oh well). As you might've guessed by that comment, the guitarwork on this album tends to be pretty varied - and with a guitarist like Bud Burke supplying lead talent, it sounds pretty awesome. When you've got a high-pitched scream like Matt's on "The Shape of Deaths to Come" lead into a short but sweet solo, you can't really complain about anything. You just lean your head back and enjoy, like I did. Or you headbang and enjoy, also like I did. Between the technical passages on "Sickened" and the melodic, elongated solo on "Dysmorphic", there's a piece of freshly-Exhumed guitarwork for everyone on this album.

The vocals of “Necrocracy” are kind of like the teeth of the chainsaw that shreds your body to bits, but a bit of the vocals also serve as the engine of the saw at times. Harvey's vocals really lead the mix and the sound until it's time to shut up and let the guitars do the talking, and that's a good thing - being able to front an entire band's presence is an incredible feat, and it's something I've said before when reviewing albums with good vocals, but I really feel that it's worth mentioning at length this time around. The vocals sound impeccable, even compared to the band's last full-length, which had pretty decent vocals and speed to boot. On songs like "Dysmorphic" and "The Rotting", the sharp, grating highs and the deep, bellowed lows meld together in a fantastic orgy of the typical death metal growl and the traditional grindcore highs. Rounding out the vocal experience are the middle-pitched screams that serve as the most common vocals you'll find on “Necrocracy”, which work wonders with the rest of the mix, fusing very much intentionally with the drum fills and the backing guitar, but giving way to the lead guitar when the riffs need to be belted out.

The drumming on this record is the most eclectic and chaotic aspect of “Necrocracy”, and I say this knowing how crazy the vocals get on tracks like "Sickened". Remember when I talked about Harvey's screaming taking the form of the chainsaw's teeth, but also occasionally becoming the engine? Well, think of them as a substitute engine, when the drums are busy doing something else, because the drum fills are the real engine to the chainsaw. Jeeze, metal metaphors get so fucking confusing sometimes. Anyways, the drumming still has about ten billion blast beats and plenty of hat hits, so it's still Exhumed material through and through, but something peculiar about the fills on “Necrocracy” is the way they work with the rest of the mix. The drums never fucking shut up - which makes sense, because they're the drums - but with the way they're produced, you never have to worry about the fills being a strain on your ears. They'll never get boring, because the album's producers over at the Machine Shop studio knew what they were doing. They struck a hard-to-achieve balance between the drums pummeling your face in and the drums being boring as fuck to listen to, and that's what you hear on this record. If only they made Lamb of God sound this interesting, eh?

When I came into “Necrocracy”, I had already witnessed "All Guts, No Glory" and I wasn't particularly impressed with that album. I enjoyed it, sure, but I wasn't blown away by it. Exhumed's latest offering does exactly what it needs to do for the band - it blows you away. There's not a riff out of place, nor a solo in need of fixing on this record, and that's the way it should be. That's how you know that Exhumed is doing what they want to do. They want to make killer music, and this time around, they have - “Necrocracy” is very much an intelligent, calculated incision into your brain tissue, cutting just delicately enough for them to juxtapose the surgeon's work by trampling over the rest of your broken body. I'm sure they'll get elected into office when “Necrocracy” drops on the sixth of August.



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Pr0nogo
August 1st 2013



373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album streaming to the public at http://www.metalsucks.net/2013/07/29/exhumed-album-stream/

I interviewed Matt Harvey earlier today. I will post the link to that interview when it is published on Global Domination.

Penis.

bloc
August 1st 2013



34679 Comments


Band seems to get a lot of respect around here, but this doesn't sound too interesting.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2013



10012 Comments


Cannot decide if I prefer masturbating in corners or coroners

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mindleviticus
August 1st 2013



8171 Comments


cool album cover. will check.

FrozenVain
August 2nd 2013



2373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really entertaining review, man! Pos'd. I didn't know they released a new one but Exhumed is a fantastic band so I must jam this.

Madbutcher3
August 2nd 2013



1083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Gonna give another shout out to the song Carrion Call since it's my favourite here. It just has somethin' about it.

Whole album rules though, it's actually one of my favourites so far this year.

Pr0nogo
August 2nd 2013



373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the praise, guys. My favourite song so far is 'Dysmorphic' for its solos. I also dig the vocals on 'Sickened'. Just listen to the intro.

TBliss2
August 2nd 2013



504 Comments


Mentions Christopher Hitchens = instant pos.

Pr0nogo
August 2nd 2013



373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's in reference to the interview I did with Matt Harvey. It comes out on the 8th, so I'll just post a news article instead of linking it in here. Review comment threads rarely last longer than a few days.

TBliss2
August 2nd 2013



504 Comments


Sweet, look forward to reading it

TrueBlood
August 2nd 2013



1388 Comments


cool, may have to check dis

BlackLlama
August 2nd 2013



1625 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent release, great band to see live as well.

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zaruyache
August 2nd 2013



5920 Comments


Auto pos for the Hitchins reference.

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Pr0nogo
August 3rd 2013



373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Where do you think 'Necrocracy' came from?

MosesMalone
August 8th 2013



1831 Comments


Holy balls this is so good.

Pr0nogo
August 9th 2013



373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.globaldomination.se/interviews/exhumed-matt-harvey

Madbutcher3
August 12th 2013



1083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

is it bad that I like this more than this year's gorguts?

NeroCorleone80
August 12th 2013



28439 Comments


Yes it is

Madbutcher3
August 12th 2013



1083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Huh, fair enough XD

Sunn177
August 26th 2013



285 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

been meaning to check this thing out as of late. Out of all the gore obsessed bands out there these guys are probably one of the better ones to me anyway.

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