I have recently distanced myself from heavy metal in a big way, especially newer releases due to the fact that it’s all just regurgitated garbage and that most of the bands I love, have become so disdain with their own existence, that it has in many ways become a job. As a working adult, I understand too well that when something becomes a job, it starts to suck the life out of you and you start to do the bare minimum to just get that pay cheque at the end of the month.
However, every now and then a band comes up with something special, or in this case a rerecorded classic that made you fall in love with a band or genre in the first place and luckily this time its none other than the mighty Exhumed.They recently did a reboot of the now legendary “Gore Metal” album and not only am I a sucker for clever word play, but I am also a sucker for incredible death metal. The original was an absolute underground classic and it has been malformated in the best possible way, it was re-recorded!
When you listen to this record you could possibly think of it as a goregrind/deathgrind record cause it definitely has some grind elements to it, but definitely leans more towards the death metal side. As you would think, the lyrical content is very gore orientated, which is pretty graphic, but that makes it so much enjoyable, especially when you’re listening to gore monstrosities of the flesh and blood you consist of. Rerecorded and remastered of the original 1998 classic, which at that point was pushing the very boundaries of extreme metal, cutting out their own little niche in the ever evolving extreme metal soundscape.
If you’re a fan of horror movies, especially the slasher and splatter films, the best way to describe this record is basically a b-list horror movie that has been redone and at this point in time you love it because takes you back, and who doesn’t dig b-list horror films? You think b-list films and immediately you think, that’s a classic and that is exactly what this record is. A re-recorded, re-released classic , which happens to be your favourite Exhumed album. It keeps all that unadulterated filth from its orginal form, now it just has a bit more of a kick!
I would highly recommend you get yourself a copy of Exhumed’s “Gore Metal: A Necrospective” as soon as possible, copies are limited for the LP version and even if you never heard the original, this is a must own for all death metal fans who enjoy the gore aspect of death metal!