Music / Exhumed
Exhumed is an American death metal band. They have gone through multiple genre changes throughout their career, having started out as a goregrind act in the vein of Impetigo and early Carcass
before gradually changing to a death metal act. Characterized by fast, thrashy riffing, highly complex and often darkly humorous lyrics, and an instantly recognizable "low grunt, high rasp"
vocal style, Exhumed have had a long and rocky career that has included many, MANY prominent figures in metal, but their recent reunion has brought a surprising amount of success that bodes very well for their future.
Formed in 1990 in San Jose, California by Matt Harvey (guitar, vocals), Col Jones (drums), Rocky Torrecillas (guitars), and Peter Rossman (bass), their early work was very much in the goregrind vein. The amount of early releases nearly equaled the amount of lineup changes; that is to say, of course, that they released a ridiculous amount of material, almost all of it splits. After a long period of releasing nothing but splits and demos (including a rough, amateurish full-length that has more or less been forgotten about), they finally released Gore Metal
, their proper full-length debut, in 1998. They would go on to release Slaughtercult
, their follow-up album, in 2000, though not without another lineup shake-up or two (noticing a theme yet?). From there, they went on to release Anatomy is Destiny
in 2003; intended to be their breakthrough album, it represented a change in sound to death metal, paralleling what Carcass did with Necroticism
. Unfortunately for Harvey and co., however, it didn't make anywhere near as much of a splash as they had been hoping for. The band still soldiered on for two more years, releasing Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated
(a cover album) in 2005; it would ultimately prove to be their last release for some time, as they were put on indefinite hiatus that same year.
Five years came and went without any real change in status, with Harvey and friends focusing on their own endeavors. Come 2010, however, Harvey decided to resurrect the carcass of Exhumed
, this time with a lineup of Harvey (guitar, vocals), Wes Caley (guitar), Leon del Muerte (bass, vocals), and Danny Walker (drums). A year later, they had released All Guts, No Glory
, their comeback album, to positive reviews and surprisingly decent sales. Also, to the surprise of many, the band actually began to gain some momentum. Having gained supporting spots with various high-profile acts, they began to rise in the ranks, finally gaining a VERY lucrative spot on the 2012 Summer Slaughter festival. This being said, however (and to the surprise of very few), the band had yet ANOTHER total lineup change in between the release of the new album and the touring bonanza, welcoming in Mike Hamilton (of Deeds of Flesh fame) on drums and welcoming back former members Rob Babcock (bass, vocals) and Bud Burke (guitar). This lineup has recorded a new full-length, Necrocracy
, which will be released on August 6, 2013. As of October 2014, Babcock has left yet again, and Matt "Slime" Ferri of Coffin Dust will be taking his place. A re-recorded version of Gore Metal
is on the way, as is more touring (what else is new?). Ferri himself left sometime in 2015, and after a period of minimal activity while Harvey focused on Gruesome, the band has officially announced that Ross Sewage has returned to his old post on a full-time basis as of 2016.
Major albums: (their discography is quite large thanks to the sheer amount of splits, demos, and compilations they've released over the years)
- Goregasm (1992) - rough full-length, has more or less been forgotten about
- Gore Metal (1998) - considered to be their true debut
- Slaughtercult (2000)
- Anatomy is Destiny (2003) - Genre Shift to death metal
- Platters of Splatter (2004) - compilation of demos and other assorted unreleased material
- Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated (2005) - cover album
- All Guts, No Glory (2011)
- Necrocracy (2013)
- Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 - 2015 (2015) - rerecorded version of the original
- Death Revenge (2017)
The band provides examples of the following tropes: