All Guts, No Glory
Review by Death8699 on October 9, 2018.
This California based band went back to the origins to where they were formed in 1990 and have come a long way in writing a solid release here, probably one of their best. Even though I dislike the lead guitar on this record, I think that the rhythm outshines it and "glorifies" their sloppiness in the lead department.
The band's tempo changes varies quite a lot. In some segments, the guitar sounds a little thrash metal-esque, but overall quite heavy. This is an album that I can play repeatedly and not get tired of. It's just one of those albums that never seems to be dull or sound cliche. I thought that Matt Harvey (front-man) did a great job composing most of these songs. This band emerged onto the scene when it was almost at the height of its' notorious reign. That is, the 90's era of death metal. I'd say they're more death metal oriented than grind. If you want a good grindcore album, listen to Napalm Death's "Harmony Corruption" release.
This album is enough to knock anyone on their ass, it's brutal, original and intriguing to the listener. I enjoyed every minute of it. Though at times it reminds me of certain influences to the like of Carcass (Steer/Walker) vocal trade-offs but the music is in no way melodic. The compositions are mostly just heavy as hell and the grind bits are fast tremolo picking by both guitars.
If you're going to check out some songs on here, here's a list: "As Hammer To Anvil", "Death Knell", and "Dis-assembly Line." The whole record kicks ass though so hold on tight for some brain-wrenching splatter to your eardrums. This album packs a huge punch for the band and I hope that they make another like this one in days to come.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review by Adam M on December 3, 2011.
Bringing a scalpel like precision to the table that recalls the greatest works of Carcass, Exhumed has been possibly the best band at carrying on the tradition of those former greats in recent times. This brilliantly titled album, "All Guts, No Glory", is another great addition to the band’s catalogue and carries forth the blueprint of that album in a similar, yet equally satisfying direction.
There is a slightly more punishing, visceral approach to "All Guts, No Glory" that brings a slight grind element into the band’s sound, but the brutal groove hasn’t died in the slightest. The songs still have the same power as "Anatomy Is Destiny", with perhaps a small decrease in melody. Songs like 'As Hammer To Anvil' are as good as anything they’ve ever done, but there’s also a great deal of consistency in the overall sound as well. The songs tend to blend together and sound the same, but there are enough bridges and changes in tempo to keep things interesting. Solos are tastefully performed and brought forth in the mix in a delightful manner, much in the way Carcass used to do in the past. The combination of superior elements the band puts together raises them above slightly less impressive bands like Impaled that have come along in recent years.
Whether this work is better than the also excellent "Anatomy Is Destiny" is hard to determine, but this is another quality release from a solid band. Fans of Death Metal that has a well-produced gory aspect, but doesn’t take itself too seriously will find a lot to like here.
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Rating: 8.4 out of 10