Vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey of California's EXHUMED spoke to U.K.'s Terrorizer magazine about the band's decision to reunite after a five-year break.
"I'm stoked that the scene has kind of made a bit of room for bands that play the older style of death metal again," he said, "because I feel like EXHUMED have a lot more commonality with AUTOPSY than with ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY, so it's killer that there're bands doing the older style again — as well as bands that continue to push the boundaries and progress the genre. And even the weird kid bands with too many words in their names seem like the more they progress, the more death metal they're getting, so I think that the whole zeitgeist of things is moving in the right direction. The death metal scene now is a much healthier place for us to be than it was in '05."
In addition to sole original member Harvey, EXHUMED's current lineup includes ex-PHOBIA man Leon Del Muerte on bass/vocals, former FATALIST guitarist Wes Caley and former INTRONAUT drummer Danny Walker.
"I think if I was working with the 'classic' lineup we'd be pretty limited as far as pursuing touring opportunities and really doing this full-on, the way that it has to be," Harvey said.
"I've been waiting like five-plus years to make a new record with Wes and Danny involved so that really got me fired up. And Leon is a great riff-writer and probably the best guy to have on tour with you ever, from a lot of perspectives. He keeps the rude alcoholic vibe that we all enjoy revelling in going strong!
"The writing has actually been really collaborative, with both Wes and I coming up with a ton of material, then working together with the other guys to cherry-pick the best of it to make the strongest record possible.
"I think we both kind of push each other to write more and better stuff; I'd hear one of his tracks and get blown away, so I'd have to get back to the drawing board and come up with something even heavier, so there's a bit of inspiration/healthy competition in the dynamic that's been really exciting. I also recently got to demo all the songs for Col [Jones, ex-EXHUMED drummer, currently drums in CRETIN, REPULSION, DEKAPITATOR] and the rest of CRETIN to get their feedback, which was really positive. They're some of my oldest friends and would definitely give it to me straight if the material wasn't up to snuff.
"We'll be getting together before recording this fall to rehearse and put all the pieces together."
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