Release Date: Aug 6, 2013
Record label: Relapse Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Grindcore
Two years ago, contemporary gore-grind legends Exhumed returned after an eight-year silence with a killer comeback disc, All Guts, No Glory. Now they're back again (with main man Matt Harvey and a completely different line-up) with Necrocracy, and you just know it's going to shred — and it does. Exhumed always did the second-gen Carcass thing better than anyone else, creating tunes that stick like the raw, bloodied slabs of metallic meat they are — the chorus of "The Matter of Splatter" getting stuck in my head at random way too many times over the past decade.
There was a time about five years ago when I woke up one morning and said to myself, “You know what? I am not sure I really need to listen to modern death metal anymore. And come to think of it, hyper-technical death metal is more of a sport than an art form, and it gets tedious within about five minutes”. These are the things I think about early in the morning.
Exhumed’s 2011 comeback album, All Guts, No Glory made it clear that the California death metallers still had plenty of curdled piss and vinegar left, and now, with Necrocracy, the self-styled progenitors of gore metal have proven that there’s no such thing as aging gracefully. They’re still the same morbid blood freaks that released classics like Slaughtercult, Gore Metal, and the most perverse Led Zeppelin cover in existence, but as this new record shows, they've loosened up a little in their old age. Necrocracy marks a turning point in the band’s career.