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Exhumation
Bread Buttered On Both Sides

Company: Independent
Release: 2014
Genre: Melodic death, metalcore
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Melody, raw aggression and a bit of thrash



  • One of the things I love about doing this job is that I get exposed to all sorts of music and bands that I never would have heard otherwise. And while sorting through the endless lists of artists that need reviewing, you sometimes find one that you are just immediately taken with. Exhumation is one of those. This Russian outfit is listed as melodic death metal but I feel they fall more into the Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage area. This four track EP is absolutely impeccable. Opening track "Threshold" is an incredible mix of melody, raw aggression and a bit of thrash to give you a metal smattering to start. The vocals are more like a mix of hardcore and metalcore with very little death growling. The closing track, "Windwalker", is hands down my favorite of the bunch. The catchy, sweeping guitar riff just makes it bang from beginning to end. The production on the EP is a little lacking. The drums and bass seem to be overshadowed by the guitar and the vocals. The guitar tone is off at times, sounding a bit tinny and muddied. Regardless, the production suits the music to a tee. The only other grumble I have is that I only have four songs. I want more dammit!


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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