The Meads of Asphodel - _Exhuming the Grave of Yeshua_
(Supernal Music, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7.5 out of 10)
I would never have guessed these nutters were British, but there you go: Britain is where this Far East-tinged metallic extravaganza titled _Exhuming the Grave of Yeshua_ was conjured. _Exhuming the Grave of Yeshua_ is one twisted album that fits no predefined genre; I can't recommend it to any particular type of metal listener, but somehow I find it likely to be enjoyed by all sorts of people. It doesn't exactly travel the beaten path of mixing black, death and doom and coming out with something everyone's supposed to like at least a little bit. Instead, it starts from a blackened metal base and goes off in all kinds of musical directions. Before the album is finished, you are guaranteed to be thrown off a remarkable number of times, yet likely to crave going back for more. I cannot say I like everything The Meads of Asphodel have done on _Exhuming the Grave of Yeshua_, but amidst all the chaos the overall result is impressive. _Exhuming the Grave of Yeshua_ is a bit like garlic to me: I have trouble digesting it and my thoughts keep going back to it afterwards, but it doesn't taste anywhere as bad as even a clove of that nasty thing. It's a strange disc (as if that wasn't obvious yet): the sort where it would be pointless to describe some of its eccentricities just because it would only scratch the surface; the sort that as you listen you feel successively tempted to dish out negative and near brilliant ratings. I wish it could all have been more consistent, but then it would have lost some of its character. My advice: well worth checking it out for yourself.


(article published 30/1/2004)

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