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Platters of Splatter
February 2005
Released: 2004, Relapse Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

Exhumed’s brand of gore/grind has always left me on the fence. For medical school grind, I’ll take Carcass, while my gore leanings tend to favor Cannibal Corpse and Mortician. Exhumed has just always left me indifferent but many people find them to be the best thing since sliced bread. Different strokes for different folks. Well for those who worship at the scalpel of Exhumed, the band has put together a sprawling collection of its early EPs, rarities, tribute album tracks and other such collectibles as PLATTERS OF SPLATTER. The CD is available in two formats: standard two disc and also an ultra-rare (1,000 copies were pressed) three-disc set that includes demos, live cuts, alternate versions and…a Madonna cover?!

As is to be expected, the material on PLATTERS OF SPLATTER varies in sound quality from pretty good to downright horrendous. Some tracks are less than a minute long (“Grubs” and “Disfigured Corpse” are four and five SECONDS long, respectively) and are over before you know it in typical grind fashion. Anyone who fancies Carcass will see the similarities between the two bands as Exhumed draws heavily from the Brit’s influence. The second disc of PLATTERS OF SPLATTER is the most Carcass-like complete with muddy production which causes everything to bleed together into a mess of blastbeats and gurgled vocals. Like Carcass, the later-era material explores more melody and benefits considerably from the superior production. A few covers including the aforementioned Madonna track, as well as classics from King Diamond, Possessed, Sarcofago and Carcass are also worth checking out.

While not wholly original, Exhumed does what they do well. This is not pretty stuff and will not be everyone’s cup of tea but for the Exhumed enthusiast, PLATTERS OF SPLATTER just may satisfy their hunger.
Track Listing

(From Exhumed/Hemdale split IN THE NAME OF GORE 1996)
1. Horrendous Member Dismemberment
2. Septicemia- Festering Sphinctral Malignancy part II
3. Masochistic Copromania
4. Necrovores: Decomposing the Inanimate
5. Disinterred, Digested, and Debauched
6. Bone Fucker
7. The Naked and the Dead
8. Necro-Transvestite
9. Torso
10. Dissecting the Caseated Omentum
11. Death Metal (*Possessed)
(From 7" ep's w/Gadget, Sanity's Dawn and the Slaughtercult shaped disc 2000)
12. Goreified
13. Emeticide
14. Pus Grinder
15. Torso 2000
(From the "Totally Fucking Dead" EP 1988)
16. Totally Fucking Dead
17. Dead Again
(From the "Tales of the Exhumed" EP 1998)
18. Gory Melanoma
19. Necro-Voyeur
(From the "Indignities to the Dead" EP 1997)
20. Indignities to the Dead
21. Masterpieces
(From the "Instruments of Hell" EP 1997)
22. Instruments of Hell
23. Carneous Corneal Carbonization
(From the "Blood and Alchohol EP 1996)
24. Blood and Alcohol
25. Oozing Rectal Feast
26. Outro
(From tribute albums recorded in 2000)
27. No Presents For Christmas (*King Diamond)
28. Cannibal Apocalypse (*Impetigo)
29. Exhume To Consume (*Carcass)

(From the "Chords of Chaos" 4 way split 1997)
1. Intro
2. Excreting Innards
3. Vagitarian
4. Grotesque Putrefied Brains
5. The Exquisite Flavor of Gastro-Anal Tripe
6. Sex, Drinks, and Metal
(From the "Horrific Expulsion of Gore" demo 1994)
7. Radiator Bitch
8. Excoriated, Emasculated, and Dead
9. Quagmire of Flesh
10. Puke of the Dead
11. Carneous Corneal Carbonization
12. Vagitarian
(From the "Grotesque Putrefied Brains" demo 1993)
13. Grotesque Putrefied Brains
14. Pyathrotic Discorporation
15. Excreting Innards
(From the "Excreting Innards" EP 1992)
16. Festering Sphinctral Malignancy
17. Perverse Innard Infestation
18. Coital Mutilation
19. Grubs
20. Disfigured Corpse
21. Cadaveric Splatter Platter
(From the "Dissecting the Caseated Omentum" demo 1992)
22. Caseating Decomposition
23. Embryonic Regordation
24. Oozing Rectal Feast
25. Culinary Pathology
26. Scrubs
27. Ziploc Bodybag


Matt Harvey—Vocals/Guitar
Mike Beams—Vocals/Guitar
Bud Burke—Bass
Col Jones—Drums

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