Due to pressure from German government ratings groups, Relapse Records' German distribution partner SPV has been forced to withdraw EXHUMED's new record, "Anatomy Is Destiny", from distribution on the brink of its release and on the eve of the band's European headlining tour.
Ratings groups deemed the band photos inside "Anatomy Is Destiny" — EXHUMED's signature "dead shots" taken by acclaimed photographer Alex Solca — far too realistic and gruesome for mass consumption.
EXHUMED vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey comments: "Censorshit...here we go again. Well, censorship is nothing new to EXHUMED, especially in Germany. It never fails that someone there is hell-bent on filtering what people can see and hear. Ultimately, despite every effort on the part of both EXHUMED and Relapse to release 'Anatomy Is Destiny' the way it was intended to be released, outside pressure from government ratings groups has blocked our record from being distributed in its current form."
Harvey continued, "The criticism leveled at the artwork on 'Anatomy is Destiny' is that it was 'far too realistic'. The fact that we are encountering this is nothing but a sign that we're doing something right — challenging the boundaries of morality and provoking an extreme reaction. It's just a pity that all the Teutonic Necromaniacs won't be able to experience it firsthand. Our aesthetic is meant to provoke a reaction, and hopefully to confront the absurdity and hypocrisy of western morality — but ultimately we are a metal band whose primary concern is just to play metal. It is not our intent to incite the record buying public into committing acts of violence or homicide, but hopefully to incite them to think for a moment about this disgusting planet we're all mired in and the finite and fleeting nature of human existence. Apparently, what we are conveying is considered 'a threat' to someone's way of thinking and way of life. And we wouldn't have it any other way."
"We have decided that the most important thing is that all the German Slaughtercultists actually get the record in their hands. Unfortunately, the album will reach all of the Necromaniacs in a butchered, truncated and amputated form, leaving the original intent of the album booklet as maimed and mutilated as the subjects of our songs. We have painstakingly created the best possible artwork and lyrixxx for our fans, only to have them consumed by petty, bureaucratic morality-mongering. This is precisely the kind of confrontation that is at the core of what we do — the ideas of the accepted 'norm' meeting the grisly realities of our world — the cold, hard truth of the grave. And truth isn't pretty, especially the way we present it. For those of you who aren't content to see the album the way that 'they' want you to, I encourage you to contact Relapse Europe. See all of you in the morgue."
A new version of "Anatomy Is Destiny", devoid of band photos and lyrics, will surface in Germany in early October.
Upcoming EXHUMED tour dates:
w/ KATAKLYSM, DIABOLIC, MALIGNANCY
Sep. 20 - St. Paul, MN @ The Lab (early show)
Sep. 21 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Sep. 23 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Sep. 24 - Lorain, OH @ Flying Machine
Sep. 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Balcony Bar
Sep. 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ L'Amours
Sep. 27 - Providence, RI @ Met Café
Sep. 28 - Springfield, MA @ Fat Cat's
w/ CEPHALIC CARNAGE, INHUME
Oct. 11 - Paris, FRA @ La Locomotive
Oct. 12 - Rennes, FRA (F) @ Ubu
Oct. 13 - Bordeaux, FRA (F) @ Koslow
Oct. 14 - Madrid, SPA @ Ritmo y Compas
Oct. 15 - Barcelona, SPA @ Wawanco
Oct. 16 - Perpignan, FRA @ Crockmore
Oct. 17 - Marseilles, FRA @ tba (also w/ BONGZILLA)
Oct. 18 - Zofingen, SWI @ OX
Oct. 19 - Pavia, ITA @ Thunder Roadhouse (also w/ IMPALED NAZARENE, STROUMMOSHELD)
Oct. 21 - Vienna, AUT @ Arena
Oct. 22 - Prague, CZR @ Black Pes
Oct. 23 - Hamburg, GER @ Marx
Oct. 24 - Osnabruck, GER @ Tor 3
Oct. 25 - Arnhem, NETH @ Willemeen
Oct. 26 - Tilburg, NETH @ 013 (w/ NASUM, NOSTROMO)
Oct. 27 – UK @ TBA (w/ AKERCOKE)
Oct. 28 - Leeds, UK @ Josephs Well (w/ AKERCOKE)
Oct. 29 - London, UK @ The Scala (w/ AKERCOKE, DARK FUNERAL)
Oct. 30 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City (w/ AKERCOKE)
Oct. 31 - UK tba (w/ AKERCOKE)
Nov. 01 - Rotterdam, NETH @ De Baroeg
Nov. 02 - Zottegem, BEL @ Mundo
Mar. 31-Apr. 12 2004 - No Mercy Festival (w/ CANNIBAL CORPSE, HYPOCRISY, and more)