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Exodus - The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A (CD)

Exodus
The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A
by Yiannis Dafopoulos at 26 November 2007, 12:18 PM

Thrash fucking Metal! These are the only words that come into my mind when I speak about this band. EXODUS are without any doubt one of the finest and most influential Thrash Metal bands, and they have managed to confirm their Thrash titans status with their latest releases. When some people thought that the Bay Area legends would get lost in the whirlwind of uninspired Thrash Metal, the San Francisco metallers kicked their sorry asses with some fine pieces of work.

Don't let me see anyone that isn't aware of this band out there! If the name EXODUS doesn't ring a bell, then you were probably searching for Bob Marley's song Exodus and you found this page by mistake. If you were searching for one of the gods that belong to the pantheon of Bay Area Thrash Metal, then this is the place to be, since the US thrashers have just released their follow up to their incredible - in my humble opinion - 2005's Shovel Headed Kill Machine. Whoever was glad to see Rob Dukes increasing the band's brutality in the previous full-length release, will be equally (or more) pleased to see that EXODUS are back more brutal than ever!

Even though Tempo Of The Damned is one of my favorite releases, since it featured the groovier and more aggressive side of the band, I believe that with Rob Dukes as a vocalist, EXODUS reached their limits by producing unmatched aggression and brutality. The US thrashers clearly showed that they intended to keep up walking at the same path, and this thought was justified with Shovel Headed Kill Machine. My only problem with Shovel Headed Kill Machine was that the songs had a somewhat identical style, something that made me get a bit bored after some listening sessions. This problem has been solved in the band's brand new work, since the band has returned to the Tempo Of The Damned recipe, with groovy and brutal music that is sent to you straight in your face…

The album starts with an incredibly beautiful intro, which prepares you for the total war that is going to follow. After the intro, Riot Act kicks in, and you just don't know where to hide. EXODUS are trying their best to kick your ass, and I believe that they can do it with ease. We can say that the album's style is similar to Shovel Headed Kill Machine, but it features the groove and the mid tempo moments of Tempo Of The Damned, as well as the passion the band always had. Take all the things I have said until now, and add the raw and powerful production, which was taken care by the famous Andy Sneap.

Could you ask for more all you thrashers? I believe that EXODUS tipped us with a more than just good Thrash Metal album (or should I say anthem?), which as it seems will have some more things to follow, since the part B of The Atrocity Exhibition will be released in 2008, and if its sounds something like this, I think we will see some heads rolling. Nothing more to add, since the pantheon of Thrash Metal is already waiting for these guys to return to their throne. The only thing you have to do is get the fuck out of your house and go buy this fucking great album.

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
A Call To Arms
Riot Act
Funeral Hymn
Children Of A Worthless God
As It Was, As It Soon Shall Be
The Atrocity Exhibition
Iconoclasm
The Garden Of Bleeding
Bedlam 123
Lineup:
Rob Dukes - Vocals
Gary Holt - Guitar
Lee Altus - Guitar
Jack Gibson - Bass
Tom Hunting - Drums
Record Label: Nuclear Blast
     


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