Fulci - Exhumed Information [Self release - 2021]
Dipping into the highly visited trough of Lucio Fulci, FULCI returns with their latest tribute to the maestro, Exhumed Information. A concept album based on the director's "Voices From Beyond," these grimy metallers spew forth 10 tracks of lo-fi riffage. While certainly not the most entirely original record on record, Exhumed Information isn't without its charm and will certainly appeal to many horror-loving metalheads.
Like many horror film based projects, Exhumed Information starts off with a long sample from Fulci's oeuvre ("Voices From Beyond," in this case). This then blasts into "Voices," which is a straightforward chug fest. Gurgling vocals on top of the occasional dizzying guitar smash against the tight, propulsive drums. From there, the album continues to buzz through the blast and grime, bringing all the eye-gouging, gut ripping glory of Lucio Fulci's vision with it. Intertwined with the blasting carnage, FULCI spreads the sound apart with breakdowns and interesting off-tempo pieces. This is modern death with a very old school feel, and the boys wear their inspirations proudly. Interestingly, they team up with the mysterious TV-CRIMES for the synthy "Glass." Not surprising given the synthesizer's role in 80's horror, nor for the massive rise in synthwave and all things retro, this piece has a very John Carpenter vibe to it. While it comes like an out of place shock at first listen, when one gets to the following tracks ("Child," "Fantasma," and "Cemetery"), it is an obvious transition point in the album. While this would be really off-putting in a collection of tracks, with this being a concept album, it provides a great marking point for a tonal shift in both story and music. This ending definitely lifts FULCI's Exhumed Information above the rest of the horror film worship pack.
Exhumed Information is an interesting concept album based on Lucio Fulci's "Voices From Beyond." While not entirely evident from the beginning, FULCI does a nice job of wrapping up the story over their 10 tracks. It's definitely, worth a few spins, Exhumed Information will get fists pumping and even has a few tracks that you could play at a family party.Paul Casey