Released: May 7, 2010
Can a band survive for 30 years and still record an album that blows you away? Exodus has answered that question with a resounding YES. With their new album Exhibit B: The Human Condition. Exodus, a band many consider to be the fifth member of the Big Four, have given us a bone-crushing gift.
If you’re one of the old school metalheads that still pulls out “Kill ’em All” and “Reign in Blood,” lamenting the days of great thrash metal, check this album out. Angry, violent lyrics, and vocals full of aggression, intensity, non-stop fury and brutality— this album has all the elements of great 80’s thrash! If I had to describe this album in one word, that word would be monstrous!
The incredible dark cover art on the album (based on DaVinci’s Vitruvian Man), lets you know the direction it’s going— it’s coming straight at you hard and fast and there is no slowing down, no getting out of the way. Just sit down boy, and prepare your head for some mighty banging because you’re about to get mind-fucked by this freight train!
Every track on this album is good; they all follow the same breakneck speed, earth-shaking drums, sweet guitar solos, awesome riffs and destructive vocals. The first track that will knock you on your ass is “The Ballad of Leonard and Charles.” If you like acoustic guitar, you better listen well during the first forty-five seconds of this track. The only other time this album dips below warp speed is the acoustic outro at the very end of the album. The heavy drums and stupefying riffs prepare your ears for being blasted by Rob Duke’s incredible screaming vocals followed by a killer solo that leaves you begging for more.
“Beyond the Pale” is another steamroller of a track. Duke’s insane vocals and great lyrics form a perfect blend with killer riffs laced with the occasional and perfectly timed melodic guitar that weaves through the insane rhythm and leading up to another great solo. Guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus left it all in the studio on this album.
Now prepare yourself for the violent lyrics and vocals of “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” a first person narrative of the gunman in a high school shooting. You can hear the angry passion in Duke’s voice as he screams the brutal lyrics: “Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood spattered treatise of hate, class dismissed is my hypothesis, gunfire ends our debate.”
The anger, hate and brutality combined with more of the killer guitar work and brain-pounding drums definitely make this one of the top tracks, perhaps the best, on this album.
Drummer Tom Hunting and bassist Jack Gibson lockdown the rhythm section like a high security supermax. If your muscles aren’t feeling it after listening to this record, you didn’t turn it up loud enough.
No matter how long Exodus has been around, they show no signs slowing down on this album. If anything they’re picking up speed as they roll through the years. This will be one of the biggest albums of 2010 and I can’t wait to see how much longer they can keep this going!