Is there a more lovable death metal act than Exhumed? Road dogs with a fun as hell live show and a pretty spotless discography, they’re the death metal collective that you can’t help but like. For these guys, “collective” really does seem like a more appropriate term than “band." Members of Impaled, Intronaut, Cretin, Ludicra, Gravehill and Deeds of Flesh have passed through Exhumed’s ranks at one time or another with nary a change in their sound or attitude.

Exhumed’s Gore Metal lineup has always held a special place in my heart though. With the guttural bellows of Ross Sewage pairing with Matt Harvey’s shredded shouts, the two formed a badass vocal tag-team that really hasn’t been given enough props over the years.

Due to some undeniably awful sound, I’ve always seen Gore Metal as more of a historical document rather than a truly classic record, even if the songs themselves are a whole lot of fun. It’s a snapshot of four death metal nerds paying tribute to their heroes, an album that was old-school even by 1998 standards. 17 years after Exhumed first unleashed the relentless pounding of gore fucking metal, they’ve made a go at giving their first album the production it always deserved with a full re-recording entitled Gore Metal: A Necrospective, coming out February 10th and available for pre-order HERE.

“Necromaniac,” the opening track on the original Gore Metal is now beefed up with a much clearer recording and mix courtesy of Ryan Butler of Arcane Digital Recording. 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 “Necromaniac,” 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. Most importantly though, “Necromaniac” is still a whole lot of fun. Head below to give it a listen. It’s still gore fucking metal.

—Avinash Mittur



EXHUMED w/ Napalm Death, Voivod, Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate [remaining dates]:
1/29/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Ringworm
1/30/2015 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC w/ Ringworm
1/31/2015 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD w/ Ringworm
2/02/2015 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY w/ Ringworm
2/03/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ringworm
2/04/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON
2/05/2015 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
2/06/2015 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
2/07/2015 Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ Ringworm
2/08/2015 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Ringworm
2/09/2015 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH w/ Ringworm
2/10/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL w/ Ringworm
2/11/2015 Amsterdam – Minneapolis, MN w/ Ringworm
2/12/2015 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
2/13/2015 The Exchange – Regina, SK
2/14/2015 Republik – Calgary, AB
2/15/2015 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
2/17/2015 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ Dayglo Abortions
2/18/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA w/ Theories
2/19/2015 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
2/20/2015 Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Phobia
2/21/2015 Strummers – Fresno, CA w/ Phobia
2/22/2015 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
2/23/2015 Club Red – Tempe, AZ w/ Phobia
2/24/2015 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM w/ Phobia
2/25/2015 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO w/ Phobia
2/26/2015 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS w/ Phobia
2/27/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX w/ Phobia
2/28/2015 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX w/ Phobia

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