Exodus – Tempo Of The Damned (2004) Review

What’s up moshers! Today i’m going to talk about Tempo Of The Damned from 2004. Exodus already broke up twice before, but this time they were back for the long run! Steve Souza is back on vocals after Paul Baloff died in 2002, but sadly this would be his last studio album recorded with Exodus. This one takes a change in style for the band, although not a huge change. One could argue that they should’ve sticked to their old style but these new ones aren’t that bad!

‘Don’t mind me, i’m just casually playing while people are getting mangled into a bloody mess below me’

There is no fancy intros here, Scar Sprangled Banner starts immediately with an in your face guitar riff!. Immediately we notice the awesome riffs by riff-master Gary Holt, and it seems like this song could have been on Impact Is Imminent. Also back on drums is Tom Hunting, and he does a great job not resorting back to the same drum beat again and again. War Is My Shepherd is the most famous song on this album, and for good reason! This is an absolutely amazing song that just makes you want to bang your friggin’ head off! The guitars sound fierce, the bass is pounding and the drums are aggressive as fuck! The vocals take a different approach here, instead of Zetro’s signature snarl he ‘screams’ more on this song.

It seems now that it’s a tradition that every Exodus album has a slow headbang song. On Pleasures Of The Flesh we have Brain Dead, on Fabulous Disaster we have The Toxic Waltz, on Impact Is Imminent there is The Lunatic Parade and on Tempo Of The Damned it’s Blacklist. Need i say more? Forward March perfectly describes the feeling of the song, it makes you feel like marching forward and starting a pit in your living room! It even has some great accoustic parts during the chorus (read: distorted and clean guitars at the same time), also throw in some great melodic parts during the end of the song and you’ve got one of the best songs (musically spoken) on this album!

Throwing Down is another great track, the main riff is awesome and the melodies during the chorus are pretty nice too. Impaler is a song from Exodus’ Kirk Hammet days (He actually used the riff for Trapped Under Ice), the song is actually one of the best on Tempo Of The Damned! It’s a little weird that they didn’t record this earlier, because by now everyone already knows the Metallica song. But whatever, it’s great, and so is the title track Tempo Of The Damned. It sounds like Exodus in their Fabulous Disaster days and it’s definitely one of the highlights! Finish all of this off with an AC/DC cover (you can’t go wrong with AC/DC) and we’re done!

Closing Comments

Most people dislike the newer Exodus albums, mostly because of Rob Dukes’ vocals and because they aren’t really thrash anymore. This is in my opinion the last really good studio album by Exodus, but nonetheless a great fuckin’ cd. If you haven’t heard this one yet, give it a shot!

Enjoy…

Exodus – Force of Habit (1992) Review

Hi people!

Today I will review this underrated Exodus’ album, the Force of Habit! It’s 1992, and thrash is on it’s last legs, this would be the start of grunge, but still, some bands managed to still release some solid albums, Exodus being one of them, as proven with “Impact is Immiment” in 1990.

Now this album takes a different direction, it’s still thrash, but it’s more midpaced/groove, it can be compared to Testament’sThe Ritual“, it’s like nothing Exodus released before. The production is absolutely amazing, if I could change it today, I would not, as everything sounds right in the mix…even the bass. Another small line-up change for this album, Mike Butler replaces Rob McKillop on this one, and does an admiral job. Now if I explained all the song, I would be here all day, because theres 15, so I’ll mention the ones that I think stand out, first off, the opening track “Thorn in my Side” is a great opener, with a killer sludgy main riff, and it all flows nicely, sets the tone for the rest of the album, next, the title track, this just shreds, this is more like Impact is Imminent, great chorus and a shredding solo. “Fuel for the Fire” Has some great catchy leads and riffs, and great vocals as always by “Zetro”, next off is “One Foot in the Grave” this is a really slow, grinding tune, kind of like the title track on Testament’sThe Ritual” and it’s heavy as all hell, with another great solo. “Architect of Pain” Now this, I think, is the best song on here hands down, it features some great melodic leads, and it changes tempo quite a bit throughout, and it has time to, as it’s 11 minutes long, the song itself is a journey, the longest song Exodus ever did, “Good Day to Die” is very different, Zetro’s vocals change in this one, from a more clean sound, to his more known raspy snarl, but it works well. Last is the closer “Telepathetic” as you probably guessed, it’s against telepathic related things, it’s pretty fast throughout, with alot of riot shouted vocals. Now, theres other good songs on here, but there are too many to list off, bottom line, if you like, say Testament’s “The Ritual” then you should like this, you need to have an open mind, they tried something different with this album, and it worked for me.
Closing Comments

It’s a album hard to listen, it was specially for me that only like fast music, but give a try to this some times and you will like it!

Exodus – Impact Is Imminent (1990) Review

What’s up! It’s me (Klikovreter) again for another underrated Exodus album! This time i’m going to talk about Impact Is Imminent from 1990. I feel as if this one has been done great injustice over the course of time, because even after the album had been released they didn’t play any songs live! Even though Good Friendly Violent Fun was released in 1991, there isn’t a single song from Impact on there. It’s a shame, because this album has some great songs on it!

Just cruisin' on the high- HOLY SHIT IT'S A GIANT FUCKING METAL BALL

Just cruisin’ on the high- HOLY SHIT IT’S A GIANT FUCKING METAL BALL


The album starts off powerful with the title track Impact Is Imminent. At first you hear the faint sounds of a police radio, a car screeching to a halt and after the crash we’re off to an aggressive guitar riff, a brutal thrashing assault, pounding drums and once again epic vocals by Zetro! The song is about drinking and driving, how you’ll never survive if you drive while under the influence:

“Every time you drink and drive
You always think that you’ll survive
Till your car is crushed and bent
Impact is imminent
Sirens fill the streets aloud
It always draws the biggest crowd
They peel your body off cement
Impact is imminent!”

A.W.O.L. doesn’t give us any time to breathe, it continues the tone of the previous song, which means more livingroom moshing! The song is about deserters of the U.S. army (A.W.O.L. stands for Absence Without Leave). The guitars sound heavy as fuck, more rough than on Fabulous Disaster. This is actually not a bad thing, this gives the album a more ‘raw’ feeling and it all adds to the awesomeness!

After all this madness it’s time for The Lunatic Parade! Like Brain Dead and The Toxic Waltz before it, this is this album’s slow headbanging song. However this doesn’t mean that this is just a rehash of those songs, this is a completely different kind. The whole thing has a sort of ‘synical’ tone over it, which perfectly fits the theme of the song.

Objection Overruled is another thrashing song, one of the better ones off Impact. Zetro sounds like a fuckin’ maniac and the riffs are both badass and melodic at the same time, this one sounds like it could have been on Fabulous Disaster. The solo is simply fantastic and this one makes you want to bang your head off! Sadly the rest of the album isn’t all that interesting, except for the last song called Thrash Under Pressure. A straightforward and fast well… thrasher! The riffs are friggin’ heavy and for an album closer, definitely a highlight!

Closing Comments

 This one really does not get the appreciation that it deserves. It’s of course not Exodus’ best effort, but it was way better than what was to come…

Enjoy!

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

Exodus – Pleasures Of The Flesh (1987) Review

What’s up! My first review of Exodus month will be Pleasures Of The Flesh, from good ol’ 1987. I feel that this is a very overlooked album in Exodus’ discography, because songs from this album are almost never played live nowadays (They used to be though). There are some great songs on this album that continue in the same vein as Bonded By Blood.

Look at that beautiful artwork!

The first thing i want to note is the album cover. Originally the artwork was the members of Exodus depicted as cannibals, really nothing too shocking but for some reason people thought it was ‘too extreme’ so they decided to ban the artwork! Instead we get just a photo of the band sitting at a bar with some skulls… I’ll be honest with you. I think it sucks.

Seriously, what retard came up with this!?

As i said before, Pleasures Of The Flesh is mostly in the same vein as Bonded By Blood except for one thing, Baloff is out and Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza is in! While we could start an endless debate about who is the best singer, i think we can all agree that they are both awesome!

I almost forgot about the album itself! It starts with Deranged, a great song about (you guessed it) a deranged person. The riff in this song is great and for the first song people ever heard with Steve on vocals i would say he makes a good first impression! The lyrics are also great,

“Voices inside my head are making me go mad
Now I’m afraid to sleep from nightmares that I’ve had
I feel I’m on the edge, I need some kind of cure
Now I’ve gone and killed someone, I’m mentally disturbed!”

Parasite continues the onslaught after the in my opinion boring ‘Til Death Do Us Part. Parasite has that old school Exodus style written all over it, and could have easily appeared on Bonded By Blood. The solo’s by Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt are fast and furious, melodic, yet ferocious! One of my favorites is Brain Dead, probably because it’s also the name of one of my favorite movies. This one isn’t fast or anything, but it’s an awesome headbaging song nonetheless! It’s not as catchy as The Toxic Waltz but they did play this one live often back in the day (must have been a blast!).

Faster Than You’ll Ever Live To Be is another classic Exodus song. Although i’m not sure about the speed of this song (it’s fast alright, but faster than i’ll live to be?), nevertheless good friendly violent fun with this one! The title track Pleasures Of The Flesh actually sounds more like a present day Exodus song (if it was in d-tuning and with rob dukes ruining it), also the song is about eight minutes long, another trademark of the newer songs. It has some great melodic parts in it and a heavy as fuck main riff!

Fun fact, the song 30 Seconds is actually 40 seconds!

Chemi-Kill is the last song i’m going to talk about. This one has lots of tempo changes and suprisingly more melodic vocals by Souza. This one even has an epic clean part in the middle of the song which helps to lift the song up higher than you avarage thrash song. The last thing i would like to say is that the lyrics are awesome.

“They just want
To make another buck
They couldn’t care what happens
They wouldn’t give a fuck
Their big house way up on a hill
Was paid for in death
It’s chemi-kill!”

Closing Comments

Pleasures Of The Flesh is a great album by Exodus, perhaps a little sandwiched in between Bonded By Blood and Fabulous Disaster. I think that’s why this one gets overlooked nowadays, similar to the way i think So Far So Good So What! By Megadeth gets overlooked too. Give this one a listen, this is definitely a good thrash album!

– Klikovreter

Pleasures Of The Flesh

Exodus – The Demo’s (1983 – 1990) Review

The band of this month: Exodus. As said in the Bonded by Blood review; A band formed in 1979 in San Francisco, California, by Tom Hunting and Kirk Hammett.

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We all know their studio albums, but most people don’t know about their demo’s, split’s and live albums. I’ll tell you guys more about it!

 This week I’ll talk about the early demo’s. I guess most of you already knew that Kirk Hammett was the guitar player of Exodus from 1979 towards 1983. The lineup back then was Tom Hunting, Carlton Melson, Kirk Hammet and Tim Agnello. Before Keith Stewart started to sing (1980) drummer Tom Hunting had been singing in the band. Soon Agnello and Melson left the band to be replaced by Gary Holt (guitars) and Jeff Andrews (bass). Also Stewart left the band. This is the moment where most of the Exodus fans are waiting for: Paul Baloff joined the band! (1981)

 After a year they released a demo. This demo has no name and only three songs; Whipping Queen, Death and Domination and Warlords. It was self-released and about 11 minutes long. Early 1983 they (self-)released another demo called Die by His hand. This piece had two songs and this is the last record with Hammett (replaced by Rick Hunolt) and Andrews (replaced by Rob McKillop.) Later that same year the demo version of the songs Bonded by Blood, Death Row, Hell’s Breath and No Love came out.

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The next demo (1984) called “Turk Street demo” will get some more attention than the three I discussed before since it contains the songs that brought the band to where they are now. The demo has officially no name. But since it’s produced by Doug Piercy (Heathen) at the “Turk Street Studios” the demo got that name. Some copies have an additional thirty second instrumental. On this demo almost every song that’s on the album Bonded by Blood is there already. Baloff only sang on the first three songs: Bonded by Blood, Exodus & And then there were none.) Because the band ran out of money before they could record all the vocal tracks. About those three songs…These songs haven’t change that much, the lyrics, riffs and everything (except the intro on Bonded by Blood and maybe some vocal parts) are still the same. Baloff’s vocals are duplicated on the most parts which gives a menacing feeling to the song. He sings different than on the album version. But he already had his shouting vocals. In my opinion you can hear his real skills more on this demo than on the later releases. His shouts are much more powerful and much more aggressive. The background vocals are also already there. Although they don’t shout the words “Bonded by Blood” all on the same time, it adds the thrashy feeling. The Exodus. Why this song starts with annoying sounds, burping and other stuff I have no idea. But when the song kicks in it’s time to headbang! Baloff finishes things song with a shout which most black metal bands can learn from! And Then There Were None… There are much more background vocals on this demo than on the later release. In my opinion that’s great but it also makes the song more chaotic. Too bad the first solo isn’t record that well. The other songs have the riffwork and solo’s we all know. Sometimes a guitar player uses his Floyd Rose (vibrato) much more. The guitar parts are sloppy at some parts but the solid bass and drum line makes the songs great headbang pieces. The sound of the solo’s are a bit neglected. The rights guitar solo’s are most of the time too soft while the left guitar is perfect in volume way of speaking. A great demo, if they had more money at that time to record the vocals and paid (literally) attention to the instruments this demo had might be even better than the Bonded By Blood album if you ask me.

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Later that year they released a demo called: “A Lesson in Violence.” A fast song with pounding drums and wall of guitar and bass sounds. On this record Baloff’s vocals has much improved and the instruments are recorded better than the “Turk Street demo” tape. Also Strike of the Beast is on this demo, this time WITH vocals!

 In 1990 they released their last demo so far. This is the only demo who has been released by a record company (Capitol Records, 2 singels, 1 ep and 2 full-length albums with Exodus.) The demo is called: “Four Albus and Still No Ballad” great name if you ask me. It contains four songs: Impact is Imminent, Changing of the Guard, Objection Overruled and The Lunatic Parade. Which all can be found in the album that came out later that same year; Impact is Imminent.

I hope you guys enjoyed my first review here! Next week I’ll be back with a review about their live albums!

– EternalVio-Lence

Exodus 

Another mosher that’ll review.

Hey  headbangers!

My name is Luuk, a 17 years old Dutch dude, I’ve been asked to help writing on this blog.

I play the guitar and I am the vocalist in my band (Insufficient.)

Some of my most favorite bands are Kreator, Exodus, Vio-lence and Nuclear Assault.

So if you know a band or you play in a band and you think that band needs to get more attention, feel free to tell us.

“We Thrash to Live, Addicted to Mosh!”

Exodus – Bonded by Blood (1985) Review

Hi people, let’s begin it!

As everybody already knows, the whole month we will talk about one of the greatest thrash metal bands, formed in 1979 in San Francisco, California, by Tom Hunting and Kirk Hammett, the Exodus!  To begin it, I will start with the best album of their whole discography in my opinion, the classic Bonded by Blood.

One of my favorite covers…

Paul Baloff (R.I.P.), Rob McKillop, Tom Hunting, Rick Hunolt and Gary Holt, put these dudes in a band to make some record, the thing that will come surely would be killer. Well, it was what these dudes made in this killer album! The album starts with the track Bonded by Blood one of the more classic songs of the album, a perfect thrash metal gem that talks about a blood pact, Kirk, Baloff and the other dudes made this pact also, well, it’s a killer song! It starts so, a noise comes getting higher and higher and higher then the song starts with it’s main riff, that will mark your mind forever! Paul Ballof’s vocals are ferocious, striking and really stands out throughout the album! The next is Exodus, a nice thrash metal song, with a cool chorus, but there is better tracks, I spotlight the solos of this song, one of the best solos of the album!

The upcoming track is And Then There Were None, with this title you can guess what the song talks about, it’s a mid tempo song, with cool riffs, but the best part of the song is when the solo starts, the background guitar gets faster and the drums too, simply bang your head! Then comes A Lesson In Violence one of my favorite songs too, this is fast, addicting, this is violent, this is a real example of how thrash metal is made, I love the lyrics of this song, it’s cruel! I simply LOVE the chorus!

“Fight! – for what you believe to be right,
crushing with all your might, I laugh at their pitiful cries, they run from the fire in my eyes!
Nothing can save them now! You’ve learned a lesson in violence, get on your knees and bow or learn a lesson in violence!”

The solos are very awesome in this song too, this is thrash metal at it’s best!

Metal Command is the name of the 5th track, a fast song that talks about obey and fight to defend our metal rights, one of my favorites solos are here in this song, so captivating, and the chorus kick asses! “This song ain’t about no goldfish, and it ain’t about no tuna fish, and it ain’t about no trout! This song is called Piranha!!!”  This song is simply bestial, the main guitar riff makes you thrash your head against a wall till your brain ooze from your nose, the lyrics are about the pretty ones that are trapped in swamps by gates of hell which you can NEVER let them out, because if you do and they escape surely you’ll fight a bloody bout! There is two songs that I really don’t like too much, the first is No Love is the 7th track, it starts with a acoustic guitar intro, very pretty. The song is about a satanic invocation or something like it,

“Turn to look at baphomet from below and not above welcome to my sacrifice tonight there’ll be no love”

the other is Deliver Us to Evil, despite the good title I think it is a little boring, maybe because it’s the longest song on the album, having 7 minutes, maybe you like it. But the album ends with one of the best tracks, Strike of the Beast another cruel definition of how thrash metal have to be made! The main riff is addicting, the whole song is very fast, the fastest! The lyrics are awesome and the simple chorus that will make you sing so loudly making your throat hurt!

Time! To run! Or fight! Off the strike! Of the beast!

Closing Comments

The thing is, if you do not worship this album, there’s something wrong with you.

Addicted To Exodus!

What’s up thrashers!

This month is a special month, because we are going to try something new. We are going to dedicate this month to one of the greatest thrash metal bands of all time. You guessed it, fuckin’ Exodus. One of the earliest of their kind, and today still influencing many across the world. We are going to review all the Exodus albums, from Bonded By Blood until Exhibit B: The Human Condition. Even though probably every thrasher knows Bonded By Blood or Fabulous Disaster, some of their other albums get overlooked sometimes. It’s our duty to expose the hidden gems for you! So prepare your anus, because this month it’s all about EXODUS! Get up off your ass and  TOXIC WALTZ and get ready for some good old FRIENDLY VIOLENT FUN!

– Klikovreter

The pit is it!

Devastation – Dispensable Bloodshed (1987) Review

Hi folks! Today I will write about a band that isn’t pure thrash metal, it’s a death/thrash metal band called Devastation from the USA (finally a band that isn’t from Brazil, huh? hahahaha!) formed in 1986 by Frank Ciampi, Erv Brautigam, Duane Rasmussen and Pat Buckley. Unfortunally they have released only one album, called Dispensable Bloodshed released in 1987, it’s a great collection of insane riffs with songs talking about death, destruction and violence, let’s start it!

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The album starts with Cranial Hemorrhage, i’m not a great fan of songs with mid tempo (i want velocity!) but this song got me and knocked me out! One of the best tracks I’ve ever heard, I can imagine the band in the 80’s playing this song and everybody banging in the rhythm of the main riff that is fucking cool, but the song has fast riffs too, making it perfect.  The next is Dispensible Bloodshed that starts with a bass and drums intro, a nice intro, then comes the guitar with a nice riff that turns to a fast slaughter, not the best track but surely a good one. The next song is called Genetic Poisoning that talks about the cruel agent orange (“agent orange, in the air, taking lives, silently, breathing more, breathing deep”), the song starts with a creepy intro that is a children choir, or something like it, probably is from some horror movie from the 80’s, then comes a simple but neckbreaking guitar riff, this is one of my favorite tracks, it has a nice chorus too, with tempo variations, one of the best tracks as I already said. Another PERFECT track is “The Instrumental”, holy fuck! One of the best thrash metal instrumentals I’ve ever heard, together with Inquisition Symphony by Sepultura. It starts with a very pretty acoustic guitar intro, very captivating, then the slaughter begins again! A lot of insane riffs, when this track ends, you will faint to the ground.

Closing Comments

Dispensable Bloodshed is one of the best released that I’ve ever heard and I think this band has not the popularity that them should have, if you like that cruel, fast, visceral and neckbreaking death/thrash metal with nice solos, insane drums, with a vocal done by a maniac, I have here the perfect album for you. Then, go listen to it and sing with me the Cranial Hemorrhage’s chorus!

Blackthrasher

Cranial hemorrhage, i’m bleeding violently, weakening faster, fighting for life!

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