OCTOBER 3rd 2013
EXHUMED: NECROCRACY

Review by Metal Mom
Live Photos: Char Tupper

I have enjoyed watching EXHUMED play live a few times now, and never would I have thought I would say Exhumed and melodic in the same sentence, but I am about to. Addictive, aggressive, brutal and yet something new is added this time around, oh yes a little melodic for your listening pleasure. This album I see as a turning point in the career.
There are some changes this time around from the all American death metal band. Don’t worry, there is no doubt that it’s Exhumed you are listening to, you still get that old school death metal influence.  Oh and let’s not forget acoustic, yeah, you got that right, something really different.  Seems to me this time around there is not much of the old hard hitting grind, its gone, faded into the abyss, and instead a lot more death, which I know many of you will be glad to hear.  Never fear they still have the guttural essence, massive riffs, some kick ass solos, just a bit of a turn in the road.



Band Members -
Matt Harvey - decrepit death rattle and repugnant requiems
Bud Burke - decayed dirges and repulsive retches
Rob Babcock - excrescent exhortations and festering funereal fugues
Mike Hamilton - purulent pulse

Necrocracy is the sixth studio album, and was released in August by Relapse Records.  Necrocracy was recorded at Arcane Digital Recording with Ryan Butler (Misery Index, Landmine Marathon, Phobia) and the drums were tracked at Trench Studios with John Haddad (Hirax, Abysmal Dawn, Intronaut).

One of the tracks “The Beginning After the End” appeared on the Patlapse Tribute Compilation, honouring the late Relapse Director of Sales, Pat Egan.

Track Listing -
1. Coins Upon the Eyes
2. The Shape of Deaths to Come
3. Necrocracy
4. Dysmorphic
5. Sickened
6. (So Passes) The Glory of Death
7. Ravening
8. Carrion Call
9. The Rotting

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks -
10. The Beginning After the End
11. Not Yet Dead Enough
12. E Pluribus, Mortem
13. Chewed Up, Spit Out
14. Go for the Throat

On June 25, 2013, the band released their first single "Coins Upon the Eyes", and a music video followed shortly after.

VIDEO OF COINS UPON THE EYES:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUHWEEpz08I

You and I both know that one thing is for sure, Exhumed have an avid sense for hooks, which I think we can safely say will always be found in their songs. This new album to me is a real kick your ass, grab your throat kind of album. It is different, and you will hear it when you listen, but it’s something that has made Exhume stand out above the rest. Old fans might take some time to get use to it, but don’t stop, the more you listen, the more you are going to realize this is still Exhumed, its got a little of everything this time around, including dual guitars, that fist pumping thunder in your chest build up, fast drum blasts, everything you expect but this time with a little more.  I think this album “NECROCRACY” has stepped it up. And I for one truly enjoyed reviewing and getting to listen to this album. Go now, and pick it up.

Not long from now, Exhumed will hit the road, and I am sure will be playing some of the new songs along the way. Catch them on this tour.

EXHUMED with Dying Fetus/Devourment/Waking the Cadaver (Oct4 - Oct19)/Abiotic/Rivers of Nihil (Oct26 - Nov2)

10/04/2013 Mojo 13 - Wilmington, DE
10/05/2013 The Soapbox - Wilmington, NC
10/06/2013 Back Booth - Orlando, FL
10/07/2013 The Orpheum - Tampa, FL
10/09/2013 Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX
10/10/2013 Red 7 - Austin, TX
10/11/2013 Trees - Dallas, TX
10/12/2013 Chameleon Room - Oklahoma City, OK
10/13/2013 Warehouse 21 - Santa Fe, NM
10/14/2013 Rocky Point - Tempe, AZ
10/15/2013 Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
10/16/2013 The Whisky - W. Hollywood, CA
10/17/2013 DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
10/18/2013 Branx - Portland, OR
10/19/2013 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
10/20/2013 Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC
10/22/2013 Republik - Calgary, AB
10/23/2013 Pawn Shop - Edmonton, AB
10/24/2013 Riddell Centre - Regina, SK
10/25/2013 Park Theater - Winnipeg, MB
10/26/2013 Station-4 - St Paul, MN
10/27/2013 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
10/29/2013 Peabodys - Cleveland, OH
10/30/2013 Chance Theater - Poughkeepsie, NY
10/31/2013 Palladium - Worcester, MA
11/01/2013 Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
11/02/2013 Empire - Springfield, VA