Saturday, July 9, 2011
Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory Review
Can you believe it's been 8 long years since the last time Exhumed released a full-length album? Well, now they're back and in full form, and this new record shows it. All Guts, No Glory doesn't exactly stray away from what we've come to know of Exhumed. The dark and sinister sounding melodies are still here. The Swedish-style solos/riffs are still here. The overall intensity of an Exhumed record is still here and that is one of the key factors as to why this album is the way that it is.
Let's talk about the good on this record shall we? One of the best things about this record is the lead guitar work. The solos/melodies are all very reminiscent of the masters of old from Sweden such as Dismember or Entombed. They're dark and beautiful all at the same time and they fit the music perfectly. Another positive aspect about this album is the overall tight playing of the band. All of the riffs, the blast beats, and vocals all fit together well. It doesn't sound sloppy and thrown together, but more fluid and it will keep your headbanging.
But this album isn't perfect and there are indeed some flaws. Some of the riffs here are just boring and uninspired and seem as if they were meant to be in the background of something else. Some of the songs just seemed to drag on forever or ended up going nowhere. Other than that there wasn't really anything else that was wrong.
The main story of this album is that there isn't really much wrong with it, but nothing that makes it stand out as amazing. There are a few moments of brilliance here and there, but not enough for this record to achieve some golden status. The only real standout track that I found would be "I Rot Within" which is a great track that I would love to see Exhumed put in their live set. The other songs here were either good and just short of excellence due to some minor things or they weren't good at all.
Overall rating - 4/5 or 80%.
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