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  • 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.

    Posted on January 23, 2010