When talking about the Great Thrash Movement of the 80’s, this disc arguably, is the 2nd most influential thrash record ever made (right next to “Reign In Blood” by Slayer). A seriously punishing slab of thrash, “Bonded By Blood” was released in late ‘85 and immediately set the underground ablaze. The dual guitar team of Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt rips the listener to shreds with a barrage of lethal, adrenaline fueled riffs. While the riff style is similar to that of early “Kill ‘em All” Metallica, (Kirk Hammett was Exodus’ guitarist before joining Metallica), the songs themselves are overloaded with riff after riff of pure anger. Paul Bailoff, the lead singer, also lays down a torrid wave of vocal hatred that is utterly intense. He sounds like a certifiable maniac who’s having the time of his life torturing his victims (which happens to be the listener!). All you have to do is listen to “A Lesson In Violence”. More than 10 years after its’ release, “Bonded…” production is still fresh sounding and up-to-date. The guitars are IN YOUR FACE and the vocals are audible and clear. It’s a shame that all the problems they had with their record label (Torrid Records) and the repeated failures of living up to this classic thrash debut, made Exodus an also ran in thrash metal. “Bonded”… is one of the 10 Best Thrash records ever made, so if you don’t own this, you have no business liking thrash/death metal. BUY OR DIE!