Album Review: Exhumed “Death Revenge”

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Album: Death Revenge
Label: Relapse Records
Genre: Metal
Release Date: 13 October 2017

Gore metal maniacs Exhumed are back at it again with their newest album “Death Revenge“.  This album is a bit different from what they have done in the past.  This new record is a concept album about murders that happened in Edinburgh, Scotland in the late 1820’s.

Death Revenge  starts off with a haunting overture that helps set the tone for the album.  The sound of the piano and violin really makes you feel like something or even someone is out there and ready to strike at you at any moment.  Considering what this album is about I felt the overture was a very nice way to start the album.  Immediately after the overture it is back to the usual for Exhumed with the song “Defenders Of The Grave“.  The blood curdling scream of Matt Harvey will send shivers down your spine.  The song quickly picks up as all the instruments except the drums go silent and all you can hear is the blistering fast blast beat by drummer Michael Hamilton.  This is only a taste of what is ready for you on the rest of this album.

For the next few songs Exhumed continues to take you on a murderous adventure.  On the song “Lifeless” You get to really hear the skill of bassist Ross Sewage.  Ross and Matt trade off back and forth on vocal duties as well as team up together to create that one of a kind sort of feeling only Exhumed can create.  On the forth song “Dead End” main vocalist Matt Harvey takes over vocal duties for a good chunk of the song and even throws in an interesting gurgling/choking sound. This came as quite a surprise during the first listen through of the album.  During the next song “Night Work”  both guitarists Michael Burke and Matt Harvey show their harmonization skills with a wicked intro which carries on throughout the song.  The harmony somewhat reminded me of Slayer classic “Raining Blood“.  Following that is the track “Unspeakable”.  This song RIPS!  I haven’t heard a song that has made me want to start a circle pit in my car like this one has in a very long time.  From the first riff you can tell this song is meant to be played live and I can’t wait to see how the audience will react during a show.

The second half of the album starts off with another overture entitled “Gravemakers Of Edinburgh”, which I think is well placed in the track order of the album.  Plus it is short and sweet and it fades into the next killer track “The Harrowing“.  The mixture of Ross and Matt’s vocals is on point in this song.  Next up is the song “A Funeral Party” and this song is properly named for what it is!  You can’t be called gore metal maniacs for nothing if you don’t have yourself a funeral party! This song reminded me a bit of some of the songs on “Gore Metal” which was awesome to hear.  Following that song is “The Anatomy Act Of 1832″.  This is a killer instrumental song but it almost felt like it would have been better set for a final song on the album.  While the tone of the song is great and helps build a picture in your mind of what’s going on it seemed a bit long at seven and a half minutes to not be a final song for the album.  The next song “Incarnadined Hands” got right back into the faster pace.  The solo in the middle brings the speed down a bit but after it is over it is back to blast beats again and the song finishes strong.  The final song “Death Revenge”.  The song is a good end to an album that sends you on twists and turns not only due to the concept of the album but musically as well.

Death Revenge is a fantastic album to add to your collection if your a fan of any kind of extreme metal.  Exhumed knows how to put together a great album time and time again.

1. Death Revenge Overture
2. Defenders Of The Grave
3. Lifeless
4. Dead End
5. Night Work
6. Unspeakable
7. Gravemakers Of Edinburgh
8. The Harrowing
9. A Funeral Party
10. The Anatomy Act Of 1832
11. Incarnadined Hands
12. Death Revenge

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