Exodus – Fabulous Disaster (1988) Review

Hi folks! Today I will review this great Exodus classic, surely one of the favorites albums of everybody! But If you doesn’t know this album, the time is now.

The album starts out gritty and fast with The Last Act Of Defiance. Even though Exodus played some of the fastest, most raw, and cutting edge thrash of the era, they still managed to incorporate a melodic flow into their music. Fabulous Disaster is a brutal song with a catchy melody and killer riffs. If that wasn’t enough Gary and Rick throw in a few glorious solos to add the final touches to a flawless song. After two great opening tracks one might predict that the remainder of the album would be a let down. The Toxic Waltz expunges all doubts. Everyone’s heard this song, it even got play on MTV’s old HeadBangers Ball. It’s a rough and amusing masterpiece with a catchy melody. You can bet the crowd went crazy when they played this live. “Kick your friend in the head and have a ball, Come on and do the Toxic Waltz, and slam your partner against the wall!” Low Rider is another merry song, the old War cover that every ear has heard. It keeps an energetic, almost happy pace amongst the other more barbaric and violent songs. On to track five, Cajun Hell is a good song about some crazy southerners who hunt alligators and live in a swamp. Many bands use raspy vocals and sound like shit, but Souza has perfected the art. He’s like a more brutal form of AC/DC’s Brian Johnson. Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt are masters at the guitar, and the longest running members of Exodus, along with the respected drummer Hunting.
Like Father Like Son, what can I say, besides another great thrash song. A little slower than most tracks, but top-notch none the less. Corruption picks up the pace with an angry and crude song about dirty politicians. Exodus wants to know where their tax dollars are going! I can’t blame them. Verbal Razors is a gritty piece with magnificent riffs and a gnarly chorus. Open Season is another damn good thrash song. Saturated with murderous riffs and lyrics, it’s one of my favorites. Overdose, a sweet AC/DC cover concludes the elite Fabulous Disaster.

Closing Comments
You really can’t go wrong with this album.

-Blackthrasher

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