On disc: Exhumation
(self-released - 2011)
Exhumation is a four-piece death metal band from Mumbai, India. Nearly all the guys in the band are ex-members of Demonic Resurrection, one of the finest bands to come out of India, so I had high hopes for this one.
The music on Consider This, the band's first full-length is brutal and technical death metal and as you would expect the musicianship is fantastic, particularly the drumming courtesy of Yash Pathak who is able to switch between styles with seeming ease. At times he seems to not only be the backbone of the music but also its driving force.
There are two downsides to this album. The first is in the vocal department. Aditya Mehta brings a pretty average, unintelligible death grunt from which he seldom varies. It fits with the brutal music but I found his voice boring and for me it added nothing at all to the songs.
The second downside is that Exhumation have allowed themselves to fall into the common pitfall of not crafting decent songs, merely technical chaos. The tracks on Consider This are all extremely brutal and as mentioned, the technical musicianship of the guys is beyond question but brutality and technicality do not in themselves mean the songs are good. I could not name one track on this album that stood out and made me want to hear it again. In fact, the whole 27 minutes of my life that I dedicated to my first listen of this album is just a void. I know I listened to it, but I can remember nothing about it.
This is not a bad album by any means. If you're into music simply to have your head crushed in the pit or to marvel at how technically gifted the members are (Necrophagist fans I'm looking at you) then you will love this. To anyone else I say approach with caution. Its available for free download so give it a try, you may appreciate it more than I!