MetalBite Review by Adam M on 11/15/2017 10:42:29 AM
Exhumed’s new album brings a nasty display of death metal to the table. It sounds like mid period Carcass at it’s most poignant and outstanding. Whether this album can match Necroticism is definitely a difficult task, but this is one of the closest attempts at mimicking the sound of that album that I’ve found recently. Though this often leans closer to Heartwork, I feel this album has best distilled the sound of the earlier, more classic album into it’s framework better than any other album to this point.
This was thus a very exciting listen and one that made a huge impact on me as a listener. The songs have a visceral feel that is unlike anything else on the market at this point in time. There is a degree of fun to be had performing this type of music and it seems like Exhumed are having a blast. They don’t beat the best of Carcass, but they seem to be having as much enjoyment as that band has had at any point in time. It all leads up to a death metal release that is one of the very best of the year. It rivals the likes of Immolation and Hour of Penance. While it doesn’t surpass those albums, it is nice to have another candidate for best death metal album of the year that can be mentioned in the same breath as those releases.
The performances are all top notch. The guitars buzz along at a nice frequency and make the songs more enjoyable. Drumming is upbeat and catchy. Also, the vocal performance is appropriate for the style of music being performed and adds to the release. Is there anything that could have been improved upon here? Yes, it could have further emulated Necroticism and added to the progressiveness aspect of the release. Still, Death Revenge is one of the more fun death metal releases of the year and one that fans of the genre should definitely check out.
Rating: 7.7 out of 10