The newest full length album from San Jose, California’s gore metal progenitors Exhumed, entitled Horror (Relapse Records), signifies the blood splatter-obsessed quartet’s victorious reestablishment as deathgrind pioneers.
While the most recent releases from Exhumed have not been lackluster by any means whatsoever, most of the compositions on 2011’s All Guts, No Glory, 2013’s Necrocracy and 2017’s Death Revenge were more akin to your classic death metal fare (longer songs, winding, wailing solos, etc.), and although these albums were all fantastic in their own ways, Horror aims to please old-school Exhumed fans who have longed for the band to revisit writing material closer in form to their precedent works like 2000’s Slaughtercult and 2004’s Platters of Splatter, the multi-album anthology containing much of the band’s earliest recorded material.
Well then, you may now rejoice, all ye lovers of classic gore metal and deathgrind! Exhumed’s Horror is fifteen ripping, terse cuts of overtly unsettling lyrics and imagery, putridly perfect in every way, and all tied together in a big grindcore bow made of human entrails.
Not one track on Horror lasts more than two minutes and fifty-six seconds, which is a massive departure from their last few albums that feature only three tracks shorter than two minutes and forty seconds out of thirty recorded cuts, not including intros or interludes. The lion’s share of the songs on Horror, however, are in the one to two-minute range, and a couple are even less than forty seconds. Translation? Exhumed have returned to their own basics, and the metal world seems all the better now.
Upon your first listening of Horror, be sure to check out some of the highlights such as “Ravenous Cadavers”, “Ripping Death”, the first single “Naked, Screaming, and Covered in Blood”, the thirty-four seconds of madness that is “Dead Meat”, and the finest cut on the release, “Slaughter Maniac”.
Altogether, Horror is an enjoyable new blast from Exhumed’s past that is as horrific as it is terrific – and if you know Exhumed at all (and the proper use of the word “horrific”, for that matter), you’ll know that that entire statement is nothing but one big compliment.
Check out the NSFW video for “Naked, Screaming, and Covered in Blood” right here for a little taste of the carnage that is Horror!
Rating: 8.75 / 10
Release Date: October 4th, 2019 (Relapse Records)
Influences and Contemporaries: Death, Deicide, Carcass, Napalm Death, Nasum, Cannibal Corpse, Impaled, Ghoul, Gruesome, Haemmorhage