is an American band signed by the aptly named label Horror Pain Gore Death
home to some bands like Eatmyfuk, Mental Funeral
or the mighty Abscess
The Red Mass
is their third offering and is definitely worth a few listens. While preparing this review, I came across a few others that were not so enthusiastic about Ex Dementia
’s latest release. One of them going as far as labeling it “junk-food metal”. Don’t believe everything you read out there. Especially “junk-food reviews” written just to have it featured on a webzine.
These guys kick some serious ass. Are they the next band to go beyond the boundaries set by Origin
and its clones? Nope. Are they the next big sensation in the blackened Death Metal
revival? Nope. No, these guys play some good ole Death Metal
with the intent of doing something utterly catchy that will have your feet stomping and your head banging the very first minute you’ll play this record.
may sound easy just reading this but most times it takes some real talent to achieve simple things. Listen again to your old classics, Severed Survival
, Slowly We Rot
Of Chaos. These records might not be your typical technique-laden releases plagued with oh-so-technical bullshit, but they go straight to the point. What point? You wanting to kick some ass.
delivers nine furious tracks. For the sake of comparison, let’s just say that their music delivers crushing riffs a la Autopsy
mixed with the Speed Metal
intent of Engorged
or early Exhumed
. Add to this a quite nice and refreshing dose of “good” humor and you have one of the most entertaining records released in 2009.
This Red Mass
will obviously not be one of 2009’s landmark records but unlike records that are soon praised and forgotten, I could bet a couple bucks that Ex Dementia
’s record will be one that will often find its way back to your CD player. Again
simple and straight to the point.
As if it were not enough, those guys have invited a few prestigious guests to sing along to their thrashy anthems! Parasitic Tim from Splatterhouse
lends a hand on The Radiant Ravenous
’s Ross Sewage delivers a couple grunts on Splattervision Channel 2 and the mighty Chris Reifert (if you need some clue as to who he is, you're probably not that into Death Metal
...) shows up on Mud
’s what I call some fucking guest stars.
Sure there's that Venom
cover that won't be too much memorable. But fuck, these guys did not mean to surpass old gods. Just pay tribute to the band with the attitude. So spare them some unfounded blabber... My only complaint is that the whole record is not even 30 minutes long and a few more tracks wouldn’t have hurt. No it wouldn’t. But then again, unless you’re fucking quadriplegic, you can just hit replay on and on until your neck hurts too much.
You know what to do. If you’re in the US, take the time to contact directly HPGD and if you're in Europe
you can get all three Ex Dementia
's records from Selfmadegod at a very fair price. If you live elsewhere... well... I'm not Google, am I? ;)