19 Years Ago: EXHUMED release Slaughtercult

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19 Years Ago: EXHUMED release Slaughtercult

"Slaughtercult" took shape throughout 1999, and was a combination of a lot of stuff. Two of the major factors were Fleshredding fret-rapist Mike Beams being with the band for the whole conception of the album. When he joined the band in 1998, "Gore Metal" was already written, and he didn't have anything to do with the way the songs took shape. With Mike in the band, we focused more than ever on getting everything faster and tighter. It also was a result of our first touring experience in 1999 with Soilent Green, Today is the Day, Morgion, and Nasum. After seeing Nasum 11 times in a row, we were definitely pumped on real Grindcore and wanted to get Mieszko involved with the production of the album. Also, the live arena got us more used to playing with a more raw, stripped down approach that seemed really effective, and we wanted to create the same effect in the studio. Another thing was that Ross was no longer in the band, so a lot of tension was gone, and we didn't have to worry about getting in huge debates over samples, sound-effects, intros, etc. That's why there are none of those "studio" extras on "Slaughtercult", even though they have been part of our sound throughout the years. We didn't feel like they fit in with the overall direction of the material and the feel of the album and we just wanted to make something 100% over-the-top and in-your-face.

Exhumed interview, Braindead Zine

EXHUMED released their second full-length album ont this day in 2000.

We do what we want to do and we don't conform to anyone. We do what we want and we put what we want on the front cover. We don't place a nice piece of artwork on top of the brutal music within. I hate those bands that do that or put on photos to rationalize a justification of singing about rotting corpses. We know at the end of the day that a rotting corpse is just that, a fucking rotting corpse. We just don't care. I guess it can all be summed up in one sentence: we don't give a fuck!

We get a lot of shit about what we are doing and to tell you the truth, we don't really deal with it. We don't care what people really say about Exhumed, good or bad. There are always people out there saying that it is "juvenile and stupid", and you know what? It is juvenile and stupid. Who cares? We are just having a good fucking time. I don't care what people say, as long as they don't say we are just "okay". I want people to either hate what we are doing or love us. People that think we are just "okay" piss me off and make me wonder just where we went wrong.

Matt Harvey / Exhumed interview, Chronicles of Chaos, 2000