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EXHUMATION – Consider This

  • Review by: Madhav R

Exhumation is and always will be among India’s biggest death metal represents. Having been around since 2002, the quartet has battled through extended stretches of inactivity to bring out their first full length album in almost 10 years and first release since ‘For Personal Consumption Only’ in 2006.

The first track on ‘Consider This’ is ‘All That Is.’ The song (and pretty much the entire album) is built upon some stellar riffing courtesy Prashant Shah. The drumming is intense, maybe too intense and ends up sounding rather too mechanical at times. The vocal assault courtesy Aditya Mehta explores the extremes of the human voice box and it would be safe to say that his extremes are pretty fuckin’ extreme. The band’s earlier releases presented a more guttural tone, along the lines of Suffocation and Disgorge but ‘Consider This’ includes more varied high pitched screams as well. It works, too…

‘Blood Drenched Flags’ and ‘Black Plague’ continue the similar savage pounding to the senses and ‘Hell Forbid’ maintains the vibe of rhythmic relentlessness. The essential ‘sound’ of the album is a very violent, aggressive flurry of notes with some riffs repeating themselves in various avatars over the length of the album. The title track, ‘Consider This’ gets my pick of the album. The deeply intrinsic, burrowing hooks on the song dig deeper into your flesh, which is all that needs to be said about the song. As the album plays on and a minute turns to five, the initial whiff of evil that was felt turns into a fully blown gust of apocalyptic destruction/

That said, through out the entire album, there’s a very disturbing lack of energy in the music, a trend that hasn’t presented itself in any of the band’s previous outputs. The music is brazenly barbaric and downright terrorizing at times. Case in point: ‘Absolute Power Now.’ Yet, the slick, layered production wipes away the grime and dirt that brutal death metal revels in, and extinguishes the living pulse of the music. Not to take anything away from Kuber Sharma, the man behind the console but to me, this music is one that is best served raw and ‘Consider This’ sounds far too processed and lifeless to fit into the greater scheme of things.