ITALIAN BRUTAL DEATH METAL/GRINDCORE
5/10 – LUKE HAYHURST
Just looking at the superb artwork for Italian brutal death/grindcore outfit Exhumer’s sophomore full length opus “Degraded by Sepsis” makes me hopeful of great things to come. It’s been five long years since their debut “Bloodcurdling Tool of Digestion” was unleashed upon the world but now these Italian death dealers and filth mongerers have returned once more to desecrate and destroy!
Following the very twisted intro of “Admire Your Ending” Exhumer then explode out of the blocks with a repugnant and brutal onslaught of fast sporadic drumming, rampaging riffs and thick, guttural vocals. That being said right from the off there are two major flaws with this album. Firstly this is very generic death/grind which can indeed have its place but twinned with the second fault, a poor standard of production and it leaves “Degraded by Sepsis” feeling very ordinary indeed.
That said there are catchy moments as with any band of this ilk and the musicianship is also of a fair standard, yet despite the offensive nature of this genre the band don’t really grab the attention and so this album joins the long list of records that are just like the rest.