Good friendly violent fun? Yeah, the perfect call to arms for Exodus. The band was good, very good. Friendly? Most of the time, as long as you weren’t a poseur. The violence is unquestionable. And it is fun, head banging, stage diving, mosh inducing Thrash till death fun.Thrash fans will recognise the opening line as a lyric from “The Toxic Waltz”, Exodus’ tribute to their fans, back from the days when a mosh pit was a swirling maelstrom of bodies colliding chaotically in a ballet of controlled aggression. (OK, so “ballet” may not be the most appropriate word, but it beats the “Simon says jump up and down on the spot” deal which passes for moshing now.) If you can imagine the pit, it is the perfect visual representation of Exodus’ music.While many rave about Exodus’ incendiary debut ‘Bonded By Blood’ as being their finest hour, I far prefer ‘Fabulous Disaster’. This album shows the band at the peak of their powers. They had perfected their own distinctive sound. Forget Hanneman and King, Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt were the perfect Thrash guitar duo. Their guitar tone here borders on Death Metal at times, using dual rhythm and dual leads to amazing effect. At times, it is so heavy as to be percussive. Check the title track, “The Toxic Waltz” and the unlisted cover of AC/DC’s “Overdose” for evidence.That’s not to say all the band could do was heavy. Far from it. There is a cover of “Low Rider”, a little out of place, but far superior to the mangling Korn gave it. “Cajun Hell” is a real surprise. It starts with a zydeco flavoured introduction, and mixes a little Southern boogie with crushing metal, in a style Down would be proud of.However, swamp rock isn’t what you listen to Exodus for primarily. No, heads down, heavy duty Thrash is the main reason for listening to Exodus. It is here by the truckload. Basically, any track here will have you banging your head and shouting along with Steve Souza. You get Hardcore style massed backing vocals, lyrics ranging from political satire to social comment, to silly metal fun.There have always been two songs on this album I have never liked. Musically, there is nothing wrong with them, it is the lyrics, and it is not necessarily a bad thing either. “The Last Act Of Defiance” and “Like Father, Like Son” are both incredibly dark, violent songs, one about a prison riot, the other about child abuse. Imagining the carnage described on the first track and Souza screaming “please Daddy, no more!” on the second have always chilled me to the bone. Powerful.
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Limited double 180gm green splattered vinyl LP pressing of the Bay Area Thrasher’s 1989 album. Exodus is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1980 in San Francisco, California. Over the course of 27 years, the band has gone through numerous lineup changes and lengthy breaks, yet seven albums on, remains among the most influential Thrash bands in the history of Metal.
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SMASH YOUR BRAIN INTO A CHAOTIC DREAM MESS OF PURE THRASH METAL. I LIVE FOR ALBUMS LIKE THESE. I HAVE BEEN A METAL FAN SINCE 1984 AND I WISH THEY STILL MADE ALBUMS/BAND LIKE THIS ONE. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPOINTED PURCHASING THIS ONE. EXODUS IS A TRUE THRASH CARNIVAL TO LISTEN TO! SO SMASH YOUR FACE IN IT!
I am impressed with the music on this CD. The late eighties were a great time for speed-thrash-heavy-metal bands. EXODUS is a prime example of the best on this CD. Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt contain the mayhem with tight intonation and lockstep harmonizing. I think that Steve Souza’s vocal treatments work well partly, because of his staccato enunciation. My favourite cut is VERBAL RAZORS. The breakneck pace is somehow held together, even through the explosive exchange of guitar solos. The unabashed aggression of the lyrics of TOXIC WALTZ, CAJUN HELL and OPEN SEASON can be unsettling, however, I take heart in the anti-violence of LIKE FATHER LIKE SON and the political sensitivities of LAST ACT…, FABULOUS DISASTER, and CORRUPTION. New paradigms are legitamized by testing them against existing systems. EXODUS proves that speed-metal is viable with superb covers of LOW RIDER (WAR) and OVERDOSE (AC/DC). Both of these songs are not only covered well, they are given a new personality. If you are interested in aggressive speed metal from the late eighties, this CD will interest you.
Another excellent album by the world`s most underrated bands of all time – Exodus. While not has furious as Bonded by Blood this album contains some thrash classics that all thrash music lovers will FABULOUSLY like. Lead singer Steve Souza who sounds like a pumped up Bon Scott (former AC/DC singer-r.i.p.) is just incredible at the vocals. I have read some bad reviews on Souza, but trust me this guy has the perfect style for this band. Highlites include TOXIC WALTZ, THE LAST ACT OF DEFIANCE, OVERDOSE (great remake of AC/DC`s most underrated song from the Let There be Rock album), and the ear blistering LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON. This song is spectacular from start to finish (8 min.) So if you don`t know anything about Exodus it`s time you knew who they are, so buy this album or the ground breaking Bonded by Blood. Rock on.
After listening to bands like Metallica and Testament, I really got into the act of thrash metal. Recently, I purchased Exodus’s Fabulous Disaster and was blown away. The album is flawless from start to finish. The soloing on the record is great, and the guitar riffs really kick. Some of my favorite tracks are The Toxic Waltz, Verbal Razors, Open Season, and The Last Act of Defiance, but the whole record kicks ass, the whole band showcases talent. Even Steve Souza, who a lot of people find annoying, is a great vocalist, his voice fits the band perfectly. I found it odd also to find not one but two covers on the CD, but they are nicely done (love the leads in Low Rider). If you like thrash metal, you must buy this CD. It would be a sin not to own it.