|Review: Exhumed - Slaughtercult|
Label: Relapse Records
Year released: 2001
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 17, 2003
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.73/5 (74.67%) (15 Votes)
This kind of gorecore was pretty stupid even before it was passé, and ten years after it falls flatter than the Texas panhandle. Back in the early 90’s bands like Carcass and the ever-charming Cannibal Corpse pioneered this kind of splatter-grind-death and Exhumed are obviously really into that stuff. Musically this is very straightforward, with blasting guitars, hup-two-three-four drumbeats and screamy vocals that do little to add anything to the sound. The recording is solid, with the bass mixed more upfront than is usual – which I like – it gives a kind of "Altars of Madness" vibe to the thing and is one of the few features of this CD I actually like. But all these songs sound the same, with nothing to distinguish between them. They all have the same speed and are all in the same key. Exhumed play with intensity and aggression, and their heads-down brutality is not in question. But this is like a 35-minute song with nothing to grab your attention anywhere in it. It just grinds and thrashes along until you’re like "Okay, you’re gross and evil, we get it." "Slaughtercult" is like an axe struck repeatedly against a concrete wall, getting duller and duller with every swing despite the obvious fury of the wielder. By the end, you’re just glad it’s over. Yawn.
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