Thursday, August 28, 2014

Exhumation - Hymn to Your God

Exhumation is a DM band from Yogyakarta Indonesia. Hymn to Your God first released March 5th, 2012. Re-issue via Dunkelheit Produktionen (Ger) February, 2014. Members are: Greg and Unan aka-Bones, Ghoul. Agung. (Additional & live sessions drums), J. of Headkrusher, additional & live sessions guitars.

The band got their start in 2008. This is their debut release and its huge in terms of sheer brutality and production. The opening track hints at a Behemoth influence and perfectly leads the listener into a blackened void before they unleash the attack. The Apotheosis displays a wide of array of technical drumming, from solid tactical double bass kicks and creative tom rolls to some interesting cymbal fills. The production really brings out all the instruments in pristine quality. Within the madness and chaos we also hear choice solos that are placed in key parts of the compositions making them stay interesting and memorable. The level of talent displayed is tremendous, considering this is a debut and they have only been together a handful of years. The band certainly can be progressive if they wanted to but instead of overdoing arrangements they stick to the song structure so that it stays pleasing to the ears instead of being flashy. One of my favorite tracks is "Dominion", it is one of those track that kicks into high gear from the start and does not let go. The song also roots heavily in the early nineties style of death metal, reminiscent of Monstrosity and Benediction. The title track Hymn to Your God, caught me by surprise. A tribal style, with female chanting is introduced, showing a high contrast compared to the
other material we just got done listening to. Very well executed and shows how versatile the group can be. Finally, they close this album with a Blasphemy cover "Ritual", although obscure and mostly underground followers will know what this song is. Its a great choice and they bring this hymn to another level adding their own tinge to it. In conclusion, the entire album is a must have for true DM fans. Extreme and brutal with a dark atmosphere of a rising abyss. ~Artemortifica


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