When I listened to this album I thought Metallica who? Pleasures of the flesh, along with bonded by blood were and still are among the greatest albums in metal music. The song writing effort by Gary Holt and Exodus is just incredible! this album has it all! The song topics and lyrics on pleasures of the flesh are also innovative.. I recommend this album if you love classically influenced speed metal, I have got to say, bravo! A guitar junkies dream…
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When Exodus first came out with “Bonded By Blood”, I was really impressed..”Pleasures of the Flesh” hit the stores and I was hooked!! “Brain Dead” offers one of the best riffs in speed metal to date. All of the songs get a standing ovation!!!
Exodus is the most underrated thrash metal band of all time–at least in my opinion. They started out promising and darker than Metallica and Slayer. However, after Fabulous Disaster they got too goofy and weird. Eventually they drifted away into oblivion. Nonetheless, they’re back. And although this review is not about their return, it’s still good to now that this album was monumental in the uprising of Exodus. This album is a classic, and it is a requisite for all thrash metal fans. Like their previous effort, Bonded By Blood, every song is full of vigor, energy and pure brutality. Rarely is there a band that puts high energy to every song in their album.
3 1/2 stars would probably be more accurate. While not quite on par with their “Bonded By Blood” or “Fabulous Disaster,” “Pleasures of the Flesh” is still a good record.
I did miss Paul Balioff’s vocals, but Souza has his own good style. It would improve over time, and especially on the eventual “Tempo of the Damned.”
Getting back to the subject at hand, ‘Deranged’ is creepy words with no music; ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ is a high point that expresses “Exodus’s” refusal to sell out. (And in my opinion, they never did.) ‘Parasite’ is another high point. ‘Brain Dead’ is listenable. ‘Faster Than You’ll Ever Live To Be’ is alright. ‘Pleasures of the Flesh’ starts off with some jungle sounds and has some great guitar work. ‘30 Seconds’ is a nice instrumental with a good classical sound. ‘Seeds of Hate’ has some notably strong guitar work. There is a frightening realism to ‘Chemi Kill’ that explores the hypocrisy of politicians. ‘Choose Your Weapon’ ends the record on a high note.
I can’t quite put this on the same level as their “Bonded By Blood,” “Fabulous Disaster,” or “Tempo of the Damned.” However, it is still a great record that any “Exodus” fan should have.
This is one of my all-time-favorite 80’s thrash records. This record came out in 1987, right in the middle of what I consider to be heavy metal’s finest period (roughly 1985 to 1989). I think what makes the record is Tom Hunting’s drums, which is not surprising since all great metal (especially thrash) albums feature a great drummer playing in top form. Rhythmically, Hunting’s style is pretty straightforward. It reminds me a lot of the guy from Destruction (who’s name escapes me right now). In fact, although Exodus is an American band, they very much have that German thrash sound, a la Destruction and Kreator.Besides the drumming, “Pleasures of the Flesh” contains plenty of great guitar riffs that propel the music along. Songs like “Brain Dead” almost have a Scott Ian quality and make me want to do the Milano Mosh. “Faster Than You’ll Ever Live to Be” is also a favorite. Some reviewers have been down on singer Steve Souza. This is ridiculous. Souza is an awesome singer with a totally unique sound, and he writes excellent lyrics as well. He’s one of the few metal lyricists who can write socially conscious lyrics without sounding totally silly (although many of his lyrics have nothing to do with social consciousness).I would absolutely recommend “Pleasures of the Flesh” to any fan (or potential fan) of 80’s thrash/speed metal, especially German-style thrash. It is a favorite of mine that gets plenty of listening time.