Following teasers from Revolver Magazine and Invisible Oranges, today Vice Magazine offers up EXHUMED‘s Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 full-length in all its gruesome glory.
A genre-altering slab of venomous, jaw-jarring death-metal, Gore Metal was initially issued in 1998 and oozes a charismatic audio repugnance, its maniacal riff mutinies, foul-themed, slasher-film-inspired verbiage and putrid cover art still abhorrently alluring nearly two decades since its unveiling.
Rather than let the opus decompose into dust however, EXHUMED returned to the studio to revisit the underground classic, the results of which can be heard on Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015. Adding depth and a new level of devious urgency to the proceedings thanks in no small part to years of touring and a vastly improved-sounding recording quality, Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 still maintains the grinding, bone raw aggression of the original recordings. Asserts Metal Rules in a 4/5 review, “This is not a re-imagining or re-interpretation. The songs are played with the same virulence and raw power of the original, and the studio polish, such as it is, is mostly there for the purpose of clarity. The band certainly do not seem to be aiming for slick, pristine sonic perfection. Plenty of warts remain, as they should. Still, tracks like ‘Necromaniac,’ ‘Limb From Limb’ and ‘Casket Crusher’ hack and slash as they were initially intended. The vocal back and forth from Harvey and [Ross] Sewage is as gnarly as ever, especially since EXHUMED have been moving away from the lyrical nastiness of ‘Vagitarian II’ and ‘Open The Abscess’ since re-animating in 2010. Only the drum performance here is markedly improved, with Mike Hamilton’s athletic precision revitalizing Col Jones’ spray-gun flailing of yore.” Adds Invisible Oranges, “Though only Matt Harvey remains from the old crew, he’s brought back an old friend to guest on these re-recordings. Ross Sewage reprises his primal roar here on… and the result is an especially nostalgic and endearing feel that most re-recordings miss in their quest for perfection. The performance is tighter, the guitar solo is sharper and the vokills are actually somewhat intelligible this time around.”
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