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!
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!
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!