Exhumed

Exhumed

Formed in 1991, when the band's sole remaining founding member Matt Harvey was the tender age of 15, Exhumed spent much of the ensuing decade hacking its way through numerous line-ups, demos, split CDs, and EPs. The band finally recorded their debut album, the genre-(re) defining and critic-repulsing ‘Gore Metal’ in 1998. The album crystallized the "old-school Death Metal meets full-on Grindcore with the spirit of Thrash" sound forged with their last demo and first split CD (1994's ‘Horrific Expulsion of Gore’ and 1996's ‘In the Name of Gore’ respectively – the band envisioned the three releases as a trilogy of sorts).

‘Gore Metal’ led to the enlistment of then-bassist Bud Burke to complete the line-up for the band's first US tour and festival appearances (their only previous touring had been 9 dates in central Europe in 1997 with Hemdale supporting ‘In the Name of Gore’). Exhumed upped the ante with their go-for-the-throat sophomore record ‘Slaughtercult’ in 2001. The album blatantly blended the band's brutal cult-thrash influences into its sonic meat-grinder and sparked multiple US tours, and their first proper European tour, including co-headlining festivals like Fuck the Commerce and Obscene Extreme and appearing at Wacken Open Air. 2002 even brought the band to Japan for the first time and saw them as an unlikely opener for Rob Halford's West Coast tour.

The band evolved further with their third album, 2003's ‘Anatomy is Destiny’ with more sophisticated arrangements, production, and instrumentation within the gore metal formula. After the departure of the band's co-founder, drummer Col Jones (Repulsion, Cretin, Mortuous) the same year, the band issued a massive 2CD compilation of their early recordings, appropriately dubbed ‘Platters of Splatter.’ After touring all over America, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia, and Iceland, the band realigned its personnel yet again, notably adding guitarist Wes Caley (Fatalist, ex-Uphill Battle) and the re-enlisting bassist/vocalist Leon del Muerte (Murder Construct, ex-Impaled). The revamped line-up released an album of cover versions called ‘Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated’ in 2005, which was intended as a stopgap release before a new album. Work was also undertaken on a DVD with live footage and documentary material, but the band's dissolution in '05 left the project in limbo.

After six years away from the scene and numerous other projects, Harvey, Caley, and del Muerte teamed up with drummer Danny Walker (Intronaut, Murder Construct, Phobia), who had toured with the band during the ‘Anatomy...’ era for their acclaimed comeback album, ‘All Guts, No Glory’ in 2011. Vocals, bass, and guitars were recorded at Arcane Digital Recording with engineer Ryan Butler (Misery Index), while drums were recorded at Trench Studios with John Haddad (Abysmal Dawn, Intronaut). Mixing and mastering were done by Brian Elliott (Graves of Valor) at Mana Recording Studios (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Nile). Blabbermouth said: “There was little doubt that the return of EXHUMED would send the initiated and faithful into an absolute frenzy. The band’s pedigree and legacy are enough that longtime fans would swarm to this like flies to a corpse. What few probably expected is this album’s ability to sink into the ears of those who got into extreme music after the turn of the century….My only real bitch about All Guts, No Glory is that it blew the speakers in my truck. Worth it.” The album earned them spots on numerous top 20 lists for 2011, including Decibel Magazine (#13) and Pitchfork's Metal column, Show No Mercy (#11). With the positive reception of the record, Exhumed undertook a grueling road schedule which led to finding a full-time lineup fulfill. Mike Hamilton (Deeds of Flesh, ex-Vile) took over the drum throne, Rob “Body Bag” Babcock (ex-Gravehill) assumed bass and low vocal duties, and Caley was eventually replaced with Exhumed alumnus Bud Burke, this time on lead guitar.

Exhumed played at Maryland DeathFest 2011. They joined Atheist in European for a spring tour, the first in support of ‘All Guts, No Glory’. They also played at several European festivals including Inferno Fest and Neurotic DeathFest. In the summer of 2011 they began their headlining western North American tour with Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, and Withered in support. After the end of this tour, Exhumed headed back to the road for a fall North American headlining tour with guests Goatwhore and Cephalic Carnage (Did CC get replaced by Havok?). They followed this with the Grind of Europe Tour ’12 with label-mates Rotten Sound and Magrudergrind. They also added some dates in the UK with Anaal Nathrakh. After returning from Europe, Exhumed headed back on a US tour with death metal icons Cannibal Corpse. As if this endless touring might never end, Exhumed joined the Summer Slaughter Tour ’12 with Cannibal Corpse, Between the Buried and Me, Goatwhore, and The Faceless. Afterward they joined the Canadian Ritual Tour with The Black Dahlia Murder and Fuck the Facts. If you can’t keep track of what country Exhumed is currently in, they hit up the official Relapse Records Scion A/V Label Showcase in February 2012, Summer Slaughter in July-August 2012, and then throughout the US with Napalm Death, Municipal Waste, Vektor, Dayglo Abortions, Attitude Adjustment, and Speedwolf to close out the year.

To start 2013, Exhumed hit the road with Phobia and Suffocation for two tours. Then headed back to Europe for the Exhumed European Takeover for May and June. Somewhere in the middle of all of this touring, Exhumed found the time to write and record a new album, ‘Necrocracy,’ which will be released August 6, 2013. ‘Necrocracy’ was recorded at Arcane Digital Recording with Ryan Butler (Misery Index, Landmine Marathon, Phobia) and 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, honoring late Relapse Director of Sales, Pat Egan, and on the May 2013 Decibel Magazine flexi series.

Matt Harvey said of their upcoming release: "We're super pumped that 2013 will see the release of Necrocracy. We think it's our heaviest record to date and we can't wait to start playing the new tunes on the road. The album is a bit hookier and meatier than All Guts... and we hope all you maniacs enjoy it. You should find a few more tunes on this one to bang your head and get wasted to! See you on the road or on the slab! Cheerz!"

After the release Exhumed will hit the road with Dying Fetus and Devourment during October and November 2013.

- relapse.com

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