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This Week’s Essential Releases: Deathgrind, Garage Rock, Afro-Peruvian Dance and More

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Welcome to Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend crucial new albums that were released between last Friday and this Friday, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

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Exhumed on the Real-Life Grave Robbing Story that Inspired Their New Record


San Jose-based death metal stalwarts Exhumed have long been a driving force in the genre. Along with bands like Autopsy, they are credited with founding the subgenre “gore,” which combines the unrelenting brutality of death metal with lyrical themes centered around medical anomalies and open wounds. On their upcoming record, Death Revenge, their first in two years, Exhumed have put their riff-centric metal in service of a suitably grim concept record.

Revenge revolves around the infamous Burke and Hare murders that took place in 1828 in and around Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh, a leader in cadaver research was experiencing a cadaver shortage, so Burke and Hare took it upon themselves to provide the bodies for research. Over the course of 10 months, the duo murdered 16 people and sold their cadavers to Dr. Robert Knox for scientific dissection and research. The murders resulted in the passage of the Anatomy Act of 1832 which resulted in people voluntarily donating their bodies to the advancement of the medical arts via scientific research.

We sat down with founding member and frontman Matt Harvey (also of Gruesome) to chat about the idea of concept albums, and the gruesome story behind Death RevengeContinue reading