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 figues 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?).
The band provides examples of the following tropes:
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
The band provides examples of the following tropes:
- Audience Participation Song: "Limb from Limb", to the point where the band will often extend it to almost twice its original length just for this purpose. Mind you, the original song is just a little over two minutes, so it's not as much as you'd think.
- Badass Beard: Rob has quite the impressive one.
- Body Horror: Pretty frequent theme, but "Consuming Impulse" takes the cake.
- Death Metal: From Anatomy is Destiny onwards.
- Gorn: What else would you expect?
- Goregrind: Everything up to Anatomy is Destiny, though Slaughtercult displayed prominent death metal influences.
- I Am the Band: Matt Harvey, mostly because he's the only consistent member.
- Lead Bassist: The vast majority of their bassists have been Type B examples because of Exhumed's signature trade-off vocals.
- Mascot: Dr. Philthy, who doubles as their stagehand and general tour assistant.
- Melodic Death Metal: Necrocracy, though they've been flirting with elements of this since Anatomy Is Destiny.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Solid 10 for the most part, hard 9 at their lowest. They were mostly 11 in Gore Metal.
- New Sound Album: A few.
- Gore Metal, while a goregrind album, fleshed out and added some coherency to their established sound.
- Anatomy is Destiny was a full Genre Shift to death metal, making use of complex, winding arrangements akin to Carcass' Necroticism album. By Matt's own admission, it was more than a little cumbersome and clumsily written at times.
- All Guts, No Glory toned down the complexity of their arrangements and went for a far more direct approach, essentially going for a straightforward blasting death metal sound with a bit more thrash than usual.
- Necrocracy slowed things down and featured some major Bay Area thrash influences due to Matt being the main songwriter once more; to paraphrase his words, he wanted a hookier, groovier album to contrast the very in-your-face feel of All Guts.
- One of Us: Matt Harvey is an avowed video game and comic book fan.
- The Pete Best: Lots and lots thanks to their unstable lineups; most of the various early members never did anything in music again.
- Protest Song: Most of the material on Necrocracy, albeit with lots of gore and death-related metaphors.
- Retraux: Matt's Dekapitator side project was an homage to all the thrash bands he had grown up with, particularly the German acts; cheesy stage names, lyrics in purposely-mangled English, and a generic executioner mascot were all employed to help aid in this. His other new side project, Gruesome, is a tribute to Leprosy-era Death, complete with Harvey doing his best Chuck Schuldiner impression vocally and instrumentally, along with a classic Ed Repka cover artwork piece.
- Revolving Door Band: To a truly absurd degree; blink, and it's entirely conceivable that there will have been a lineup alteration in that time. It's not quite known why this is, but their extremely heavy touring schedule is a likely culprit.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Owing to their Carcass influences, Matt Harvey's lyrics frequently use accurate medical terminology; actually, his lyrics in general display a very florid vocabulary.
A morbid matter on which to meditate or mutilate.A deathly detail to deliberate and desiccate.
- A good example from "The Matter of Splatter" (also falling under Added Alliterative Appeal):
- Signature Style: Fast, heavily thrashy riffing, heavy use of blasts and thrash beats, a high howl/low grunt dual-vocal system, highly complex lyrics with a heavy black comedic element, and melodic, technical soloing with frequent tradeoffs.
- Soprano and Gravel: Exhumed has almost always used a dual-vocal approach, with one member (usually a bassist) using a low grunt to contrast Matt's raspy howls.
- Start My Own: Matt Harvey and Col Jones started Dekapitator sometime in the late nineties as a tribute to the thrash acts that they grew up on. As of 2014, he has formed the early Death worship project Gruesome with Daniel Gonzalez (Possessed), Robin Mazen (Derketa), and Gus Rios (ex-Malevolent Creation).
- Thrash Metal: The band displays very heavy thrash influences in their riffing, as well as Matt's vocals; he would expand on this with Dekapitator, his retro-thrash side project that he started sometime around the release of Gore Metal.
- Title Only Chorus: Frequently, with "As Hammer to Anvil" and "Limb from Limb" serving as the most notable examples.
- Troubled Production: Gore Metal. Matt, Col, and Ross fought constantly about the tracklisting (Col didn't want any of the songs from the 7-inches on the album, which led to the exclusion of lots of songs that Matt loved and the inclusion of what he felt were weaker tracks, while Ross wanted to go for broke and load the album with songs, something that Matt was also against), numerous songs were recorded that never saw the light of day, and James Murphy (who was mastering it) got evicted from his Oakland studio and lost everything in it, including the masters. The poor quality of the final production didn't help, either (not that some of it wasn't due to their own sloppiness and lack of polish), and while it got them noticed, they disliked the final result from the get-go. All of this eventually led to Matt making the decision to rerecord it.