The idea for Gruesome came about after
guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey
Exhumed and drummer Gus Rios completed a stint with the
tribute tour Death To All, the pair deciding to go all out
on a Death tribute, focusing on that band's seminal
early albums, particularly 1988's Leprosy.
Recruiting another pair of death metal veterans,
Gruesome was born and in short order Savage Land was written
and recorded, featuring not only a spot-on recreation of the Leprosy
style and sound but even similar artwork by the same artist, famed
death/thrash metal album cover legend Ed Repka.
And that really says it all here, Harvey and crew take this beyond
simple influence to full-on homage, and more power to them.