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  • Unlike their counterparts Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, Exodus never quite made it to the status of the “big four” in the thrash era of the mid to late 1980’s. It’s a shame because at least in the case of Anthrax and Megadeth, Exodus is a far superior band.
    Anthrax has suffered from terrible productions, with the exception of “Sound of White Noise”. Megadeth gets boring quickly with its overkill guitar noodling and Mustaine’s grating vocals.
    “Tempo Of The Damned” gives us a band that has slowed their breakneck tempos somewhat in favor of monster riffing, and it’s a good trade-off. Keeping up that punishing pace would kill Holt’s and Hunolt’s wrists after a while. It’s catchy, especially on “Blacklist” and “Culling The Herd”. It’s hilarious (“Sealed With A Fist” – take that, wife beaters!) and musically first rate, with great soloes and vocals one can easily understand. Credit Steve Sousa, he of the Yosemite Sam on crack/Bon Scott hybrid. It’s a unique voice/rap that gave Exodus a real trademark vocal. It’s too bad he’s out of the band.
    I’m 44 and I still love a good thrash CD to get the blood flowing. I was of the generation that embraced Their Heaviness Metallica and Iron Maiden when they were young pups. I like to think I know the difference between a fake and a band that genuinely loves its craft. Exodus is the real deal.

    Posted on March 15, 2010