Exhumed - _Slaughtercult_
(saw-blade reissue, 2001)
by: Paul Schwarz (music: 7 out of 10; saw-blade: 9 out of 10)
About a year and a half ago I talked to Tom G. Warrior about the Celtic Frost reissues. In discussing the influence 'Frost have had on black metal, I related to Tom what Fenriz from Darkthrone once said: "Darkthrone is just pure Celtic Frost". Tom objected. He pointed out that Darkthrone are not like Celtic Frost in a very important respect: Celtic Frost was always about evolution and progression. In a similar way is the comparison between Exhumed and Carcass rightly understood -- although Exhumed are not producing something that sounds as fresh when compared to Carcass as Darkthrone generally does when compared to Celtic Frost. Exhumed don't sound like Carcass as much as they sound like a Carcass rip-off band -- there is a grand difference between the two. Exhumed can construct blasting grind/death songs of moderate quality. They put these on an album with a safe and limited but nonetheless enhancing production. Where they can they lean towards mimicking the sound, style -- or both combined -- Carcass or other creative bands who did the same things better, thus are a moderately enjoyable listen. _Slaughtercult_ leaves a terrible aftertaste, yet it is quite tolerable to listen to. This saw-blade-shaped-CD reissue has a crap-sounding bonus track which is of no consequence, but its actual presentation is killer! The saw-blade CD has sharp teeth, and looks particularly cool because its surface brilliantly pastiches the look of an actual circular saw blade.
(article published 12/8/2001)
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