RESURRECTION - Embalmed Existence

Resurrection - Embalmed Existence

17 songs
72:02 minutes
***** ****


Massacre Records have been busily re-releasing lost and forgotten classics lately. Most of these came with one or two bonus tracks only, which is why death metal historians will be delighted at Resurrection’s Embalmed Existence which received a far better treatment.

Resurrection were a death metal band from Florida that may have come a few years too late to be counted among the genre’s pioneers: Possessed, Death, Obituary, Morbid Angel. They were founded in 1990, recorded two demos before they were signed by Nuclear Blast and released their debut Embalmed Existence in 1993. Three years later, the band broke up, and it took them more than ten years to get back together. Last year, they released their second longplayer Mistaken For Dead, fifteen year after their debut, which was reason enough for their new label to give their semi-classic predecessor a new chance. Nowadays only vocalist Paul Degoyler and guitarist John Astl remain from the original line-up. Alex Marquez who was the session drummer on the first album should be known for having played on two albums by Malevolent Creation and on the final album by Demolition Hammer.

Embalmed Existence sounds quite different from what is presently marketed as death metal. The music didn’t sound as hard and brutal as it does today in an age of modern production tools. But this is exactly where the charm of this early death metal record lies. Everything sounds extremely primal, and the musicians paid more attention to concise songwriting as is currently customary when a good production can hide songwriting flaws. The songs were all introduced by a professional storyteller whose mean voice fitted well the then very extreme music. Embalmed Existence may not be a classic like Seven Churches, Scream Bloody Gore, Slowly We Rot or Altars Of Madness, but it can claim to be still very entertaining after all these years. The CD has added as a bonus the tracks from the demo tapes which still sound good, but as most of them came in different versions on the album, only three are really unreleased. Three spoken-word Storyteller parts from the original sessions finally get the album over seventy minutes, which is twice the length of the original version.

I doubt that that many people purchased Embalmed Existence when it came out, but even those who did will get enough value for their money with this really generous re-release. Not really a classic, as I mentioned already, but definitely good enough to be given a second chance, now that Resurrection found back together.

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