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Exhumed- Necrocracy

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There is something to be said about a band that still kills it after almost 25 years at it.  Californian death/grind aficionados recently unleashed their sixth full length album to date, on August 6, 2013, and they have brought with them more aggression than ever on this release.  Thrashy, technical, and adrenaline filled are just a few words that come to mind upon listening to “Necrocracy”.  This LP will pump you up, plain and simple.

Listeners are hooked within the first few seconds of the album, as it immediately breaks into a groove filled, thrashy riff on the track “Coins Upon Eyes”.  The brutality doesn’t end here however.  Throughout the album, Exhumed exhibits fun filled, death/thrash excellence.  These are the kind of songs that both incite a circle pit and get guitar nerds talking.  The solos we find here are clean, melodic and technical.  The choruses are anthemic and catchy and the riffs are creative and groove-filled.

The LP flows well, each track melding into the next, but remains exciting throughout, never sounding repetitive.  Clean, acoustic breaks, found on tracks like Dysmorphic, break this album up nicely.  Overall, Exhumed has managed to write an album filled with tracks that stick with you quite easily.  Tracks like “The Rotting”, bring me back to the moment I first heard the greatness that is death metal, with the classic down tuned guitars, appropriate blast bleats and melodic and passionate solos.

Exhumed has not only written an incredibly memorable album, they’ve outdone themselves a bit by including five bonus tracks at the end of the LP.  The bonus tracks don’t disappoint either.  From “The Beginning After The End” to “Go For The Throat”, these tracks rip hard as fuck.  Necrocracy is simply the must have album of this year.  Go out and fucking buy it!  For now though, join me in the circle pit with Exhumed.  Happy Listening.  Hails!

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Reflection of the Negative: Cough/Windhand

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While everyone was busy disseminating the new Ghost record and beating off to the glitzy and gimmicky, so-called “originality” of the Swedish sextet, Sludge/Doom outfit Cough was quietly emerging from the quicksand of the Virginia wetlands with their crippling addition to the split with Windhand, Reflection of the Negative, entitled Athame.   The track invites the listener in an opium den of torture and leaves them lame with a slow and echoing drumbeat, a crunchy and hypnotic riff and raspy, sludge vocals.  Staying in doom tradition, the track is obnoxiously long, 18 and a half minutes to be exact, yet never bores with repetitive riffs, instead bridging in proper spots and evoking painful passion in the vocals, drawing the listener further in.  “Crack! Altar! Ritual of Suicide! The time has come…the time has come for sacrifice”, are lyrics you will surely find yourself singing as Cough slowly put’s you under their spell.  Clearly the standout track on the split, Athame is an unadulterated celebration of pain. Fans of Eyehategod, The Melvins and Sourvein take note.  Cough is a worthy addition on the altar of sludge deities.

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Fellow Virginian’s, Windhand’s contributions to Reflection of the Negative, Amaranth and Shepard’s Crook, may not be as memorable as the Cough track, but still hypnotize the listener, inviting them into a world of pain.  Clean and ambient, soulful vocals, traditional doom repetitive riffing and a slow, seductive drumbeat, characterize Windhand’s unique sound.  Reminiscent of doom pioneers, Electric Wizard, yet with more atmosphere, Windhand is most definitely a band worth taking note of.  The band has one full length album to date, boasting rave reviews and does not disappoint on this split.  I am confident we will be seeing more of this band in the future.

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Reflection of the Negative was released on Relapse Records on April 16 of this year and is available for free streaming on Bandcamp.  I’ve posted a link below.  Happy Listening.  Hails!

http://coughwindhand.bandcamp.com/releases
http://www.myspace.com/cough666
http://www.myspace.com/windhand/music