Exhumed’s Matt Harvey Wrote Parts of the New Album Without a Guitar In Hand


Last Tuesday, grindcore/death metal killers Exhumed posted the music video for “Drained of Color,” the first single off their forthcoming album To The Dead.

This week, Exhumed frontman Matt Harvey gives the internet an up close look at how he plays the song in the latest “Slaythrough” video on the band’s YouTube page. As you can see from watching the video below, the nearly 10 minute clip starts with just a straight playthrough of the song before going more in-depth with the song’s various sections.

According to Harvey, writing guitar parts for this new record mostly took place without having a guitar in hand, instead opting for a more app-based approach.

“I actually wrote most of the songs in Guitar Pro without having my hands on a guitar because I have a lot of muscle memory from playing this style of music for a long time so my hands go to the same shapes over and over and I’m trying to get out of those patterns.

The song itself was just something that I would like, hum a riff and then work it out in Guitar Pro, which would [came about] by humming the riff, which led to some different progressions that I normally wouldn’t do.”

Harvey also said that the song came about after Exhumed finished its tour with Gatecreeper and Necrot, finding inspiration in how those bands “add an extra beat at the end of their riffs.”

There’s a lot more in the way of detail about how the song was written in the rest of the video and we suggest you check it out for yourself.

Exhumed’s To The Dead will be available on multiple formats on October 21 and is currently available for preorder via Relapse Records.

Exhumed, To The Dead

  1. Putrescine And Cadaverine
  2. Drained Of Color
  3. Carbonized
  4. Rank And Defiled
  5. Lurid, Shocking, And Vile
  6. Undertaking The Overkilled
  7. Nerotica
  8. No Headstone Unturned
  9. Defecated
  10. Disgusted
Exhumed’s Matt Harvey Wrote Parts of the New Album Without a Guitar In Hand

Exhumed will be heading out on a month-long U.S. headlining tour with Hulder and Vitriol starting this November. Depending on the dates, the tour will also feature Molder or Castrator. You can catch this tour live at a venue near you by checking the dates below.

EXHUMED w/ Hulder, Vitriol, Molder:
11/10/2022 Dante’s – Portland, OR
11/11/2022 Substation – Seattle, WA
11/12/2022 The Shredder – Boise, ID
11/13/2022 Ace’s High Saloon – Salt Lake City, UT
11/14/2022 HQ – Denver, CO
11/16/2022 Reverb Lounge – Omaha, NE
11/17/2022 Lefty’s – Des Moines, IA
11/18/2022 Reggies – Chicago, IL
11/19/2022 Club Garibaldi – Milwaukee, WI
11/20/2022 Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
11/21/2022 Legends – Cincinnati, OH
11/22/2022 No Class – Cleveland, OH
w/ Hulder, Vitriol, Castrator:
11/23/2022 Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA
11/25/2022 Sonia – Boston, MA
11/26/2022 Johnny Brendas – Philadelphia, PA
11/27/2022 The Meadows – Brooklyn, NY
11/29/2022 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
11/30/2022 Norfolk Taphouse – Norfolk, VA
12/01/2022 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
12/02/2022 Bogg’s – Atlanta, GA
12/03/2022 Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
12/04/2022 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
12/07/2022 White Oak – Houston, TX
12/08/2022 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
12/09/2022 Amplified – Dallas, TX
12/10/2022 Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
12/12/2022 The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
12/13/2022 Nile Underground – Mesa, AZ
12/14/2022 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
12/15/2022 Constellation – Santa Ana, CA
12/16/2022 Don Quixote – Los Angeles, CA
12/17/2022 Eli’s Mile High – Oakland, CA

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