Within the surprising plethora of Metal re-recordings we find Gore Metal: A Necrospective (1998-2015) from San Jose, California’s Exhumed. Their story is pretty much cemented even within Pop culture, having taken the initial Goregrind concepts laid out on early Carcass albums and giving them a much more violent Death Metal presence that was unique at the time they broke through thanks to the support of Relapse Records’ handling of their debut full-length album, Gore Metal in 1998. Of course, prior to that, the band had unleashed eight different splits, not to mention six demos that pre-date it. After a number of wildly successful releases, Exhumed disbanded in 2005, only to reunite in 2010 and get right back to writing and recording new material, unleashing two brand new albums alongside some splits and singles. But, for 2015, the band took a step back and eyed up their debut outing once more. The end result is that very album re-recorded and re-tiitled Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998-2015 through the very label that made it available on store shelves all those years. But is this new take a far better experience, or is it one that simply didn’t need to happen?
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