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When I first saw the album cover to this album sitting in the store I picked it up and thought it was disgusting as hell. All I saw was a gorefest, I did not think it was resembling anything, but now my eyes see it is a tribute shrine for all the filthy, disemboweling goregrind Exhumed did back in the day. Little did I know that some years later I bought this very record and it would become one of my all-time favourites.
At the beginning of this feast of a beast, a typical death metal enthusiast's mouth would make it drivel all over. Its, griddy production value, the muddy guitar-squeeling sounds, vocals both so high and low that it will make your head explode and lyrics so grisly and loathsome it made me cringe, which gore lyrics normally don't do. Most gore metal fans just don't take the gore lyrics-thing too serious, they just have fun with it. And Exhumed sure had fun with them here, but at the same time they are very disturbing imagewise.
Matt Harvey really is a frenetic and hard-working musician, you can hear that on tracks like 'Necrovores: Decomposing The Inanimate' and 'Bone Fucker', so many changes, passages and variation of chugging and tremolo-picking. Harvey's gore-soaked vocals completely dominates this record, they are in great shape and really tearing up each track like it was a chunk of dripping flesh, plus they have a striking resembling to Carcass, which is also the main inspiration for the most of Exhumed's 20 year long career.
Now, the only thing that bugs me with this record are the drums and the bass. Now the drums are audible most of the time, but sometimes they are very muddy and sloppily produced, but that is to be expected since it is from self-produced and released demos. The bass is almost inaudible throughout all the demos, except on a few tracks like 'Emeticide' and 'Quagmire of Flesh'. But besides it being buried beneath the bludgeoning drums and screeching guitars it just becomes awesome and does its own kind of thing, when you can hear it.
This platter splattered masterpiece remains one of my favourite records to listen too on a daily basis, the sheer brutality, variation with interesting covers and just pure awesomeness. A great recollection of the early Exhumed, and is something every death metal and grindcore fans should listen to, it will be worth your time and money. This band is a true testimony to all that is good about extreme music, it will demand your attention and punch you in the balls with a chainsaw for a hand if you don't give it.
Horrendous Member Dismemberment, Necrovores: Decomposing The Inanimate, Torso, Dead Again, Goreified, Grotesque Putrefied Brains, Quagmire of Flesh and Puke of the Dead
This rather massive presentation of Exhumed's special brand of ultra-extreme grindgore is quite the feast. Classic death metal production, screaming vocals coming from every angle, lyrics about the most gruesome of the gruesome...these boys know, and have known the score for quite some time now. Very rarely do compilations aim to please beyond giving you just enough to fool the casual fan into wasting his money, but this drags so many strange cuts into the mix that one has no choice but to marvel at the concept as a whole. "Platters of Splatter"? Indeed...indeed.
With so many tracks to choose from, it's nearly impossible to list a set of favorites. Whomever decided to compile this filthy mess did a great job as everything I had ever wanted from the band seemed to make it on this compilation in one form or another. From the brutal ones to the messy ones to the speedy ones...it's all here. For fans of the band...and especially newcomers...I cannot suggest this compilation enough!
Exhumed are a "love it or hate it" kind of band - but this compilation proves that no matter what side you're on...nobody does what Exhumed does like they do it.
Buy or die...