EXODUS

Thrash Metal / Groove Metal • United States
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Exodus is one of the first thrash metal bands to come out of the bay area, formed in 1980 in San Francisco, California, by Kirk Hammett, Tom Hunting, Paul Baloff, Jeff Andrews, and Gary Holt.

They were cited as major influence by pretty much every thrash band. Known for their aggressive brand of thrash, as opposed to the more melodic, NWOBHM rooted thrash sound of the likes of Metallica, and equally aggressive live shows.

At their prime (83-86) they were known as 'Kings of the Bay (area)', with practically no band daring to headline over them at the bay area.

After several personnel changes, Exodus split in 1993. The band reformed from 1997-1998 with new bassist Jack Gibson. The band reformed a second time in 2001.

In 1983, founding member Kirk Hammett left to join Metallica and was replaced by Rick Hunolt and Rob McKillop replaced Andrews on
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EXODUS albums / top albums

EXODUS Bonded by Blood album cover 4.06 | 57 ratings
Bonded by Blood
Thrash Metal 1985
EXODUS Pleasures of the Flesh album cover 3.49 | 29 ratings
Pleasures of the Flesh
Thrash Metal 1987
EXODUS Fabulous Disaster album cover 4.34 | 55 ratings
Fabulous Disaster
Thrash Metal 1988
EXODUS Impact Is Imminent album cover 3.74 | 26 ratings
Impact Is Imminent
Thrash Metal 1990
EXODUS Force of Habit album cover 2.96 | 18 ratings
Force of Habit
Groove Metal 1992
EXODUS Tempo of the Damned album cover 4.08 | 30 ratings
Tempo of the Damned
Thrash Metal 2004
EXODUS Shovel Headed Kill Machine album cover 4.12 | 28 ratings
Shovel Headed Kill Machine
Thrash Metal 2005
EXODUS The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A album cover 3.77 | 26 ratings
The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A
Thrash Metal 2007
EXODUS Let There Be Blood album cover 3.05 | 12 ratings
Let There Be Blood
Thrash Metal 2008
EXODUS Exhibit B: The Human Condition album cover 4.08 | 22 ratings
Exhibit B: The Human Condition
Thrash Metal 2010
EXODUS Blood In, Blood Out album cover 3.98 | 14 ratings
Blood In, Blood Out
Thrash Metal 2014
EXODUS Persona Non Grata album cover 3.69 | 8 ratings
Persona Non Grata
Thrash Metal 2021

EXODUS EPs & splits

EXODUS Objection Overruled album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Objection Overruled
Thrash Metal 1990
EXODUS War Is My Shepherd album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
War Is My Shepherd
Thrash Metal 2003
EXODUS Nuclear Blast Presents Thrash Metal album cover 1.00 | 1 ratings
Nuclear Blast Presents Thrash Metal
Thrash Metal 2008
EXODUS Bob Wayne / Exodus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bob Wayne / Exodus
Thrash Metal 2011
EXODUS Gathered At The Altar Of Blast album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gathered At The Altar Of Blast
Thrash Metal 2018
EXODUS Mr. Pickles Thrashtacular album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mr. Pickles Thrashtacular
Thrash Metal 2019

EXODUS live albums

EXODUS Good Friendly Violent Fun album cover 3.90 | 5 ratings
Good Friendly Violent Fun
Thrash Metal 1991
EXODUS Another Lesson in Violence album cover 4.58 | 6 ratings
Another Lesson in Violence
Thrash Metal 1997
EXODUS Live at the DNA 2004 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the DNA 2004
Thrash Metal 2005
EXODUS Bonded by Thrash album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bonded by Thrash
Thrash Metal 2017

EXODUS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

EXODUS 1982 Demo album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
1982 Demo
Thrash Metal 1982
EXODUS Die by His Hand album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Die by His Hand
Thrash Metal 1983
EXODUS 1983 Rehearsal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1983 Rehearsal
Thrash Metal 1983
EXODUS Turk Street demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Turk Street demo
Thrash Metal 1984
EXODUS A Lesson in Violence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Lesson in Violence
Thrash Metal 1984
EXODUS Pleasures of the Flesh album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pleasures of the Flesh
Thrash Metal 1986
EXODUS Deranged album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Deranged
Thrash Metal 1987
EXODUS MTV Headbangers Ball album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
MTV Headbangers Ball
Thrash Metal 1989
EXODUS Four Albums and Still No Ballad album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Four Albums and Still No Ballad
Thrash Metal 1990
EXODUS Thorn In My Side album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thorn In My Side
Thrash Metal 1992
EXODUS Live at Waldrock Festival album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Waldrock Festival
Thrash Metal 2004
EXODUS Death Angel / Exodus/ Destruction / Dew-Scented album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Angel / Exodus/ Destruction / Dew-Scented
Thrash Metal 2004
EXODUS Exodus / Hypocrisy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Exodus / Hypocrisy
Thrash Metal 2005
EXODUS Soilwork / Exodus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soilwork / Exodus
Thrash Metal 2007

EXODUS re-issues & compilations

EXODUS A Lesson in Violence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Lesson in Violence
Thrash Metal 1991
EXODUS Lessons in Violence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lessons in Violence
Thrash Metal 1992
EXODUS Victims of Death - The Best of Decade of Chaos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Victims of Death - The Best of Decade of Chaos
Thrash Metal 1999

EXODUS singles (3)

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4.50 | 1 ratings
The Lunatic Parade
Thrash Metal 1990
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Riot Act
Thrash Metal 2008
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Hammer and Life
Thrash Metal 2010

EXODUS movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Combat Tour Live: The Ultimate Revenge
Thrash Metal 1985
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Live at the DNA
Thrash Metal 2005
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Double Live Dynamo
Thrash Metal 2008
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Shovel Headed Tour Machine
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EXODUS Reviews

EXODUS Tempo of the Damned

Album · 2004 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"Tempo of the Damned" is the 6th full-length studio album by US, California based thrash metal act Exodus. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in February 2004. It´s the successor to "Force of Habit" from 1992 and quite a few things have happened in the 12 years between the two releases. Exodus disbanded in 1994 but reunited shortly in 1997 with original lead vocalist Paul Baloff to play some shows, which produced the "Another Lesson in Violence" live album in 1997, but they folded again in 1998. The untimely death of Baloff in 2002 paved the way for a reunion with lead vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza. There have been a couple of other lineup changes since the predecessor as drummer John Tempesta has been replaced by returning original drummer Tom Hunting and bassist Mike Butler has been replaced by Jack Gibson. Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt as always handle the guitars.

One of the first things you notice when listening to "Tempo of the Damned" is how sharp and powerful sounding the production is. This is an Andy Sneap production which suits the material perfectly. Exodus had a couple of releases in the past which featured sub par production jobs, but that´s certainly not the case with "Tempo of the Damned", which ranks among their best produced albums. The sound production provides the already powerful tracks with an extra boost and makes them even more powerful sounding than they already are.

So the sound production gives the band the best possible conditions to shine, and shine they do. "Tempo of the Damned" not only features high level musicianship on all posts but there are many well written, catchy, and raw thrash metal songs featured on the album. "Scar Spangled Banner" is a perfect way to open an album, and it´s Exodus at full force with a raw screaming Souza in front. It´s almost impossible to think of a better way to make your return to the scene. The following trio of tracks "War Is My Shepherd", "Blacklist", and "Shroud of Urine" continue the strong opening of the album. The album then continues with more great tracks like "Culling the Herd" and "Sealed With a Fist", and even the AC/DC cover "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" is delivered in great style. The groove laden Pantera influenced "Throwing Down" is quite different from anything I´ve hear from Exodus before and wasn´t initially a favorite, but it´s grown on me since. It may not be the most remarkable track on the album, but it´s still a good quality track.

The basic vers/chorus structure of the tracks are a minor issue to my ears, as it does become a little structurally formulaic and just slightly more creative song structures could have made the overall listening experience a little more rewarding. On the other hand there is also come comfort in vers/chorus structures, and when the material are as well written and powerful as it is on this release, my minor issue with the formulaic song structures becomes less important. "Tempo of the Damned" is through and through a high quality release and a 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

EXODUS Force of Habit

Album · 1992 · Groove Metal
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UMUR
"Force of Habit" is the 5th full-length studio album by US, California based thrash metal act Exodus. The album was released through Capitol Records in August 1992. It´s the successor to "Impact Is Imminent" from 1990 and features one lineup change since the predecessor as bassist Rob McKillop has been replaced by Mike Butler. "Force of Habit" was the last studio album by Exodus for a number of years, as internal turmoil and the shifting musical climate of the 90s made the band consider their options and disband in 1994. Lead vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza had already left in 1992, but the band continued to play shows after he jumped ship. Exodus would reunite shortly in 1997 with original lead vocalist Paul Baloff to play some shows, which produced the "Another Lesson in Violence" live album in 1997, but they folded again in 1998. The untimely death of Baloff in 2002 paved the way for a reunion with Souza, which resulted in the band releasing their comeback album "Tempo of the Damned" in 2004.

Stylistically the material on "Force of Habit" is unmistakably the sound of Exodus. Raw, aggressive, and highly energetic thrash metal played by technically skilled musicians featuring Souza´s sandpaper raw vocals in front. So far so good. The material on the 13 track, 68:40 minutes long album are well written, relatively catchy, and well produced too. Compared to the raw and unpolished sound production on "Impact Is Imminent (1990)", this one is a much better produced album. While the material are well written and the band also make sure there are some variation on the album in the form of the more traditional heavy metal/hard rock styled track "Good Day to Die" and the covers of "Bitch" by The Rolling Stones, and "Pump It Up" by Elvis Costello, almost 70 minutes of playing time is at least a couple of tracks too long.

In many ways though "Force of Habit" is Exodus back on track after the slightly disappointing "Impact Is Imminent (1990)". Unfortunately for Exodus it was pretty much released on deaf ears, as their brand of thrash metal had become out of fashion by 1992 faster than you could say death metal/alternative hard rock. The music industry and music consumers can sometimes be faithless/illoyal when bigger money/something new and more interesting appears. It´s a shame because although "Force of Habit" is not the most remarkable Exodus release, it´s still a good quality thrash metal album and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is fully deserved.

EXODUS Persona Non Grata

Album · 2021 · Thrash Metal
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Kev Rowland
It took me a long time to get into Exodus, probably not listening to them properly until the turn of the century, and for a long time thought of them just as the band which Kirk Hammett left to join Metallica. This probably was not helped by some seriously naff album covers such as for ‘Bonded By Blood’ and ‘Impact Is Imminent”, but over the years I have started to enjoy what they produce even though they have had a somewhat interchangeable line-up. However, they have managed to calm that down over the years and since singer Steve Souza returned in 2014 the line-up has been constant, and the last truly new person to join was guitarist Lee Altus in 2001. Although not a founder member, Gary Holt has been the one constant since his arrival in 1982, and alongside drummer Tom Hunting are the only two which played on their debut some 35 years ago. This is their 12th studio album, but their first since 2014’s ‘Blood In, Blood Out’, so what is it like?

Although the production is modern, and there is more bottom end than there would have been back in the day, what we have here is a thrash band who have been around for 40 years and see no reason whatsoever to change their style. Some bands have progressed into different areas, some have regressed into a shadow of their former selves (even though they have made millions), while there are others who have just kept pushing along in the same vein, and that is very much the case with Exodus. The guitars crunch, we get pounding drums, shredding solos, a singer who sounds like he has bene gargling with whisky who is not shy of going up the register, a bassist often playing as if he is on a third guitar linked with the melody, and it is a load of fun. There is nothing new in what they are doing, but Exodus are not attempting to start a new thrash movement, they haven’t finished with the last one yet! An important part of the story at the very beginning, they are still going as if it is still the Eighties, and there will be many metalheads who will happily lose dandruff to this album.

EXODUS Impact Is Imminent

Album · 1990 · Thrash Metal
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"Impact Is Imminent" is the 4th full-length studio album by US, California based thrash metal act Exodus. The album was released through Capitol Records in June 1990. It´s the successor to the band´s most commercially successful release "Fabulous Disaster" from 1988. There´s been one lineup change since the predecessor as original drummer Tom Hunting has been replaced by John Tempesta.

"Impact Is Imminent" continues the raw and energetic thrash metal style of "Fabulous Disaster (1988)", but either the band didn´t have enough time to write catchy material before entering the studio or they had just run out of ideas, because the songwriting on "Impact Is Imminent" pales in comparison to the songwriting on the predecessor. Sure there are the occasional killer riff or a catchy vocal phrase or chorus featured on "Impact Is Imminent", and it´s by no means a badly composed album, but it´s still a far cry from the sheer class of "Fabulous Disaster (1988)".

Unfortunately the same goes for the quality of the sound production, which is not on par with the high quality production job on "Fabulous Disaster (1988)". Exodus have gone for a more raw and authentic sound, but "Impact Is Imminent" ends up sounding a bit thin. I realise I sound a bit negative, and when compared to the predecessor that´s also fully warranted. It is Exodus we are dealing with here though, and of course even their lesser releases have an overall standard that´s higher than most contemporary releases. They are simply put a class act.

So even in my most negative hour I am not going to rate "Impact Is Imminent" low. It´s still a quality thrash metal release featuring razor sharp riffs and blistering leads, powerful rhythm work, and Steve "Zetro" Souza´s distinct sounding raw vocals in front. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

EXODUS Fabulous Disaster

Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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"Fabulous Disaster" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US, California based thrash metal act Exodus. The album was released in Europe through Music for Nations in November 1988, just little over a year after the release of "Pleasures of the Flesh (1987)". The album was released in the US through Combat/Relativity Records, but not until January 1989. "Fabulous Disaster" is the band´s most successful release, although it failed to provide them with as much commercial success as some of the releases by some of the most successful contemporary thrash metal artists. But in that respect they shared the fate of many other commercially semi-successful artists from that era. "Fabulous Disaster" is the last Exodus album to feature drummer and founding member Tom Hunting in the lineup, although he would return to the band in the late 90s.

"Bonded by Blood (1985)" for many stands as one of the seminal releases in thrash metal, but the poor production job on the sophomore studio album "Pleasures of the Flesh (1987)", probably meant that Exodus weren´t able to fully capitalize on the impact of the debut album. With "Fabulous Disaster" they did receive both praise and some commercial success, and it´s deserved, as it´s arguably an improvement over "Pleasures of the Flesh (1987)".

Stylistically it´s a hard edged and sharp thrash metal release with both serious lyrics about society and a couple of tracks featuring less serious lyrics ("The Toxic Waltz" is for example a song about moshpit culture). Steve "Zetro" Souza has a distinct sounding voice and a raw delivery, which suits the instrumental part of the music perfectly (the many riot gang backing vocals are also quite charming).

Highlights include the three opening tracks "The Last Act of Defiance", "Fabulous Disaster", and "The Toxic Waltz", and while the remaining tracks on the album don´t quite reach the excellence of the opening tracks, the rest of the album´s tracks are also of high quality. The 8:10 minutes long "Like Father, Like Son" deserves a special mention, as it´s also one of the highlights of the album. Although I could have done without the two cover tracks, which Exodus have opted to include ("Low Rider" by War and "Overdose" by AC/DC), even those tracks are well performed and I´ve come to appreciate them more over the years. "Overdose" was not featured on the original vinyl version of the album, but was only included as a bonus track on the CD version of the album.

"Fabulous Disaster" features high level performances from all involved and also features a powerful, clear, and detailed sound production, which suits the material perfectly, so upon conclusion it´s a high quality thrash metal release by Exodus that with time has also become a bit of a "classic" in the genre. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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