Released: 2005, Earache Records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Exmortem is another new member to the Earache family that was formed by main man Martin in 1992. After taking a break from Exmortem in order to take the place behind the drums in Dimmu Borgir, Exmortem's drummer, Reno, is now back.
And now it’s time for their 5th album on a new label. Earache's focus is mostly on extreme and brutal acts and Exmortem is no exception to that. The Danish Exmortem chose Antfarm Studios, in Denmark, in which to record NIHILISTIC CONTENTMENT. The studio's owner Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Hatesphere, Mnemic etc) was the producer. Madsen has created an extreme/brutal/hostile and aggressive sounding production that’s just what we could expect from Tue. Exmorten vocalist, Simon, takes the leading position regarding the sound picture along with Martin's riffing. Andreas and Reno have raging speed on the rhythm section and especially Reno is really fast. I can’t understand how he keeps up the speed through the whole album.
The musical description in the band's bio says this is twisted death metal, but I don’t think that this sounds particularly twisted. If you put new brands on a band maybe they find a new fanbase!?! It’s not twisted, but it’s sure death metal. They sound a bit like early Swedish 90’s death metal. Exmortem contributes with some really well played death metal. This is my first acquaintance with Exmortem and the impression I get from the band is that they are not doing anything unique, they simply play death metal and that’s all. But the guys have something that makes them a little bit different from all the other bands in this genre, and that’s their well written material, competent singer, massive production, and skilled drummer. This 10 track album has about 30 minutes and that’s quite enough when it comes to this kind of brutal music. This album is, according to the bio, “A permanent scar in any listeners mind!” and that’s something I can guarantee this album will cause you. This Danish band is a rather pleasant new experience for me since I’m a big fan of 90’s sounding death metal. If you already are a fan of Exmortem, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed on this 5th album. A lot of Danish bands are now up and coming and gladly there are a lot of new bands in different genres. Until now the dominating Danish bands have been Pretty Maides and D.A.D. which are really good bands, but variely is never wrong. But still there is a long way to go before they can be compared to the Swedish metal scene.
Exmortem will be laying waste to the towns and cities with their live performances all over the world this year.