When: Sun., Oct. 30, 8 p.m. 2011
Guitarist and vocalist Matt Harvey has managed to keep the nihilist death-metal faith since forming Exhumed in 1990, when he was only 15 years old. Though the new All Guts, No Glory (Relapse) is the band's first album of new material since 2004, ending a hiatus that included some lineup shuffling, Exhumed has practically been suspended in time, untainted by passing trends. The songs on this album are tight, flab-free, and so crisp that you won't miss a single sick note; there's no swampy murk to be found here. The call and response between the clean-ish vocals and the nasty growl suggest an evil preacher and deacon trying to make themselves heard over the din of a congregation that's pulling the cathedral down stone by stone—occasional moments of hideous beauty, like the luminous guitar solo in "Through Cadaver Eyes," are the only things delaying the destruction. —Monica Kendrick Goatwhore, Havok, and Hunters open.