Formed in 1991, when the band’s sole remaining founding member Matt Harvey was at the tender age of 15, Exhumed spent much of the ensuing decade hacking its way through numerous line-ups, demos, split CDs, and Eps. The band finally recorded their debut album, the genre-(re)defining and critic-repulsing Gore Metal in 1998. The album crystallized the “old-school Death Metal meets full-on Grindcore with the spirit of Thrash” sound forged with their last demo and first split CD (1994’s Horrific Expulsion of Gore and 1996’s In the Name of Gore respectively – the band envisioned the three releases as a trilogy of sorts).
Gore Metal led to the enlistment of then-bassist Bud Burke to complete the line-up for the band’s first US tour and festival appearances (their only previous touring had been 9 dates in central Europe in 1997 with Hemdale supporting In the Name of Gore). Exhumed upped the ante with their go-for-the-throat sophomore record Slaughtercult in 2001. The album blatantly blended the band’s brutal cult-thrash influences into its sonic meat-grinder and sparked multiple US tours and their first proper European tour, including co-headlining festivals like Fuck the Commerce and Obscene Extreme and appearing at Wacken Open Air. 2002 even brought the band to Japan for the first time and saw them as an unlikely opener for Rob Halford’s West Coast tour.
The band evolved further with their third album, 2003’s Anatomy is Destiny with more sophisticated arrangements, production and instrumentation within the gore metal formula. After the departure of the band’s co-founder, drummer Col Jones (Repulsion, Cretin, Mortuous) the same year, the band issued a massive 2CD compilation of their early recordings, appropriately dubbed Platters of Splatter. After touring all over America, Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and Iceland, the band realigned its personnel yet again, notably adding guitarist Wes Caley (Fatalist, ex-Uphill Battle) and the re-enlisting bassist/vocalist Leon DelMuerte (Murder Construct, ex-Impaled). The revamped line-up released an album of cover versions called Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated in 2005 which was intended as a stopgap release before a new album. Work was also undertaken on a DVD with live footage and documentary material, but the band’s dissolution in ’05 left the project in limbo.
After six years away from the scene and numerous other projects, Harvey, Caley, and del Muerte teamed up with drummer Danny Walker (Intronaut, Murder Construct, Phobia), who had toured with the band during the Anatomy… era, for their acclaimed comeback album, “All Guts, No Glory” in 2011. The album earned them spots on numerous top 20 lists for 2011, including Decibel Magazine (#13) and Pitchfork’s Metal column, Show No Mercy (#11). With the positive reception of the record, Exhumed undertook a grueling road schedule which led to the enlistment of a full-time, road-worthy line up. Mike Hamilton (Deeds of Flesh, ex-Vile) took over the drum throne, Rob “Body Bag” Babcock (ex-Gravehill) assumed bass and low vocal duties, and Caley was eventually replaced with Exhumed alumnus Bud Burke, this time on lead guitar.
After multiple headlining and support tours in the US, Canada and Europe, the band entered the studio in late September of 2013 to record their fifth album – Necrocracy, due out in May of 2013. Representing a refinement of the band’s signature sound, Necrocracy will cement the band’s position at the gorefront of extreme metal and continue to turn heads and stomachs with high-speed blasting, tasteful solos, (meat)hook-heavy songwriting and the band’s obsession with all things repulsive and splattersome.