EXHUMED - All Guts, No Glory
This California based band going back to the origin to where they were formed in 1990 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 and is available on Spotify. If you choose to download it, 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.
Ryan “Death8699” Fanucchi