|Review: Exhumed - Horror|
Label: Relapse Records
Year released: 2019
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: September 27, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
"Gore Fucking Metal" band Exhumed are back with their seventh album of putrid, vile love letters to all things horror, appropriately titled Horror. Their previous album was a bit experimental, shooting for a cinematic sound and lyrics around a central concept. I liked that one quite a bit but with Horror, Exhumed have gone back to a more stripped-down death metal sound and lyrics inspired by '80s slasher films which works equally well for me. The artwork is reminiscent of Razor's Violent Restitution, giving it additional '80s cred and to top it off, the cover features a banner proclaiming "Relapse Home Video" bringing back the nostalgia of VHS tapes. Exhumed's music is centered around the almighty thrash riff and Horror contains a huge pile of them that rip your flesh like barbed wire at every turn. The songs are all under three minutes with "Utter Mutilation of Your Corpse" checking in at an S.O.D.-like eight seconds, so even though they are all similar, Horror's 26:27 total running time means it doesn't wear out its welcome. Exhumed aren't doing anything new but if you want to feel like you've been put through the wringer and you've got under a half hour to spare, Horror will rip you up.
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