Metal Review – Embalmer: There Was Blood Everywhere (2014 Reissue)

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Metal Review – Embalmer: There Was Blood Everywhere (2014 Reissue)
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Embalmer: There Was Blood Everywhere
Brutal Death Metal
Hells Headbangers
July 21st, 2014
Release length: 25:32
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Cleveland, Ohio is the scene for the grisly Brutal Death Metal band known as Embalmer. It came into existence around 1989, staying active for roughly nine years. In that time there were a number of smaller releases which includes three demos before calling it a day. The outfit reformed back in 2005, leading to the long over due debut album 13 Faces of Death through Pathos Productions, a second compilation, and another three demos, the most recent being their aptly titled 2013 Promo. But of all the recorded material, it was the 1995 seven-inch vinyl There Was Blood Everywhere that had the biggest impact thanks to support from Relapse Records. But is it actually that solid an effort, or is this better left buried?

Four songs that reach just past ten minutes are met with a solid production quality that screams all the best of the nineties. Rich audio with sharper guitars, a lower pulse from the bass, and the drums at a slight distance from the loud vocals that range from standard gutturals and sequels up to a nasal higher pitch common to a Macabre album. Then there’s the closing track “May the Wounds Bleed Forever” that throws some furious blast beats around for the foundation and main verses as a lusciously addicting groove and guitar solo.

The title track hammers away with blasting drums and additional complexity that sounds like the audio version of metal illness. There’s also a brief slam as well that has a pretty dominating groove to it that feels natural to the flow. “The Necro-Filing Cabinet” plods along, expanding on that sound with crushing, down-tuned riffs with random explosions of hostility. “Blood Sucking Freaks” had random slower bouts as well, though stronger about a minute-and-a-half in due to the additional enthusiasm in the vocals. While it starts off by taking its time, the just over two minutes and ten seconds length seems to fly by, leaving you wanting more time from it than just kind of ending around three-and-a-half minutes in.


Thanks to Hells Headbangers, There Was Blood Everywhere is available once again. This vinyl edition is the original mix, though the artwork has clearly changed. The vinyl plays up the MLP format, leaving plenty of room to incorporate bonus material, which just so happens to be the Embalmer‘s 1993 demo Rotting Remains. Compared to the initial vinyl from 1995, this audio quality is a little bulkier and bass heavy. Because of that, these four additional tracks end up a different experience that shows the growth over those years.

While some of the technicality that the There Was Blood Everywhere EP had can be picked up on, the demo focused a lot more on traditional brutality. “Rotten Body Fluids” carries a little less range in all aspects, especially in the vocals that don’t reach the eccentric tone the latter material had. The speed is about the same though, jumping in and out of grinding blasts and catchy grooves. “The Cellar” is just a little more erratic in comparison, though follows the same general idea the previous track established. “Morbid Confessions” has blast beats that are often a lot shorter for the sake of hopeless atmospheric landscapes about on par with Incantation. Finally “Bone Box” shows off traits of trudging, unsettling Doom Metal, especially after the sudden burst of aggression that hits at the one minute mark.


There Was Blood Everywhere is an EP that got relatively lost in the surge of Death Metal brutality and gore-soaked lyrical themes that hit around the early to mid-nineties. The four songs that make it up are thick and uncompromising, all the while shifting in and out of technical batches without making the transition sound forced. While the initial pressing of this release is worth hunting down, Hells Headbangers makes it easy to get the opportunity to check this one out in full for less than what you might pay at your local used music store if they got a copy, and even give you a little something extra with the inclusion of the Rotted Remains demo. Whatever version you decide to go with, There Was Blood Everywhere is a Death Metal entry that fans of the genre really should stop for a moment and take notice of at least once through.

Initial Pressing:
Side A:
01. There Was Blood Everywhere – 1:54
02. The Necro-Filing Cabinet – 2:41

Side B:
03. Blood Sucking Freaks – 2:12
04. May the Wounds Bleed Forever – 3:33

2014 Vinyl Reissue:
Side C:
05. Rotten Body Fluids – 2:41
06. Bone Box – 4:50

Side D:
07. Morbid Confessions – 2:30
08. The Cellar – 5:13

Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10

2014 Reissue Score: 8/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Hells Headbangers.