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 3.94 | 45 ratings
Bonded by Blood
Thrash Metal 1985
EXODUS Pleasures of the Flesh album cover 3.38 | 21 ratings
Pleasures of the Flesh
Thrash Metal 1987
EXODUS Fabulous Disaster album cover 4.38 | 48 ratings
Fabulous Disaster
Thrash Metal 1988
EXODUS Impact Is Imminent album cover 3.66 | 17 ratings
Impact Is Imminent
Thrash Metal 1990
EXODUS Force of Habit album cover 2.59 | 11 ratings
Force of Habit
Groove Metal 1992
EXODUS Tempo of the Damned album cover 4.01 | 24 ratings
Tempo of the Damned
Thrash Metal 2004
EXODUS Shovel Headed Kill Machine album cover 4.18 | 20 ratings
Shovel Headed Kill Machine
Thrash Metal 2005
EXODUS The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A album cover 3.81 | 20 ratings
The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A
Thrash Metal 2007
EXODUS Let There Be Blood album cover 3.14 | 9 ratings
Let There Be Blood
Thrash Metal 2008
EXODUS Exhibit B: The Human Condition album cover 4.06 | 17 ratings
Exhibit B: The Human Condition
Thrash Metal 2010
EXODUS Blood In, Blood Out album cover 4.09 | 8 ratings
Blood In, Blood Out
Thrash Metal 2014

EXODUS EPs & splits

EXODUS Objection Overruled album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Objection Overruled
Thrash Metal 1990
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 War Is My Shepherd album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
War Is My Shepherd
Thrash Metal 2003
EXODUS Nuclear Blast Presents Thrash Metal album cover 0.00 | 0 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 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 3.75 | 2 ratings
Good Friendly Violent Fun
Thrash Metal 1991
EXODUS Another Lesson in Violence album cover 4.88 | 4 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 2.00 | 1 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 singles (3)

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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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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
Thrash Metal 2010

EXODUS Reviews

EXODUS Blood In, Blood Out

Album · 2014 · Thrash Metal
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Exodus have had a lot of line-up changes over the years. Not as many as say Cradle Of Filth or Annihilator but certainly not as stable as the likes of Rush or Clutch. They've had three lead singers on record; firstly Paul Baloff on their immortal debut album Bonded By Blood, who was replaced by former Legacy (the band who would go on to be Testament) vocalist Steve 'Zetro' Souza. Zetro saw them through the rest of the '80s and early nineties (on, in my opinion, their most important and seminal work and some of the best Thrash Metal by any band at all). He himself was then replaced by Baloff again in the late '90s until Baloff passed away.

The band got back together with Zetro and released one of the best albums of their (or anyone's) career in 2004's Tempo Of The Damned. (Incidentally; If you don't love 'War Is My Sheppard' then I just don't know what to do with you). Then, just a year later Zetro was out and replaced by the then little-known Rob Dukes, who we were all very skeptical about but who fit the band monstrously well and eventually won a lot of people over, during the course of his tenure, lasting three studio albums, a live album and a remake compilation of Bonded By Blood. After two singers zig-zagging there was finally vocal stability and the modernized band was the going concern that would see them through to retirement.

[Before the angry comments flow in I know I mentioned line up changes and then just discussed the singers. It wasn't only the singers. Guitarists have changed, bassists have changed. Drummer Tom Hunting has left and returned a few times (although that's more understandable as he has a health condition). But for the last few years things had been nice and stable within the group more or less.]

Where was I? Yes... to see them through to retirement. ....Aaaaaaaaand then Dukes was out and Zetro was back again. What the hell? Do you know how hard it is to get fans to accept a third singer!? And to do so this late into their career. Imagine if Blaze Bailey actually won over Maiden fans. Do you know how rare that is? And then they go start over again. I didn't buy this album for a full two years after I wanted it just out of sheer mourning for Dukes. 

Oh well, at least it wasn't a new singer again. As much as I love Dukes' vocals on that run of albums its hard to deny that Zetro is an absolute legend and the definitive voice of Exodus for me. He's who I'd want to see live and my dream setlist by the band is 80% Zetro era songs. It just makes sense. In fact, it took me catching the band live to get over the shock and realize things weren't just reunion for reunions sake. Yes it is mentally untidy that their current singer is on their was their singer, then not, then he was again, then he wasn't again and then he was again, and that his time in the band was '86-94 and then not until '02 and out again in '04 and then not on the superb trilogy of albums between then and 2014.  Its untidy, but that's Steve fucking Souza! That's the guy who sang 'Accelerating faster, devastating plaster, fabulous disaster.' How can you deny him?

Anyway. That's all a very long-winded bit of background to Exodus' tenth studio album, 2014's Blood In, Blood Out. The name presumably a cheeky wink to their history with line-up changes. The only reason to even mention all this background is that it sits there swirling away in your mind as you listen to this album. Can it live up to the monster of Tempo Of The Damned? Can it live up to their '80s glory period? How will it affect their absolute top run of form on those previous Rob Dukes albums, are they just going to throw away all that good work?

Well the good news for all of us is that this album absolutely kills. After a strange industrial intro courtesy of guest star Dan The Automator (which if you didn't know about beforehand would make you fearful Exodus have taken a funny turn and decided this album is going to go a bit Static X) the band burst into an absolutely ferocious and concise hour of blistering, up tempo Bay Area Thrash.

The songs are very catchy and memorable without letting up on the intensity. Its very restless, aggressive and pounding. Yet somehow there are tonnes of hooks to grab on to. The chanting gang vocals on some songs are undeniable. On some songs the razor sharp guitar solos get stuck in your head. Some songs have that one riff that is just irresistible and breaks a huge smile across your face. I mean just listen to the chorus to 'Collateral Damage.' You aint forgetting that any time soon! Hell; listen to its guitar solo. That's not just any other guitar solo, its really rather unique. And that's just one song. I can't emphasize this enough: each and every one of the songs on the album, all of them, are catchy and memorable. There's nothing that needs removing from the album. Nothing that should've been trimmed to make it more punchy.

The songs are generally less long and feature less repetition than on the previous few albums, and what is left is really just all the best parts. It may be less ambitious and less adventurous but it makes up for it in snarling, barking, high speed uuumph. It really is the pure essence of Thrash Metal writ large in modern production, triumphantly performed by absolutely bad asses who have only gotten better with age.

An interesting point here is the guest appearance from Metallica's Kirk Hammet who we all remember was in Exodus before he joined Metallica (Tempo Of The Damed featured a song he'd written on). Kirk adds some guest guitar to 'Salt The Wound.' Its a nice touch. Speaking of guest appearances, Testament's Chuck Billy also comes in and does guest vocals on 'BTK' and the title track. He is always a great guest. I loved it when he showed up on Forbidden's reunion album Omega Wave and I love him showing up here (just as Zetro guested on Testament's First Strike Still Deadly). I love the whole Bay Area Thrash camaraderie thing.

Side note: Does anyone else remember that fun, weird, N64 game 'Body Harvest' ? I can't forget it now. Exodus have a song by that name here and now all I can think of is giant blocky praying mantis-looking aliens. Every time I spin this album all I can think of is those aliens, Chuck Billy's smile, and how weird it is that Rob Dukes is out of the band and yet they totally make their discography make sense with this album. Oh, and while we're at it; Best guitar solo on the album? Body Harvest!

After a brilliantly strong opening, the guest appearances, the great stomping 'Body Harvest' and its great solo and 'BTK' and all that stuff, you'd think the album may start to lag towards the end. That is a remarkably good first half, and by anyone's standards they could dump a bunch of filler at the end and most people would still go away thinking it was a great record. Well, that is exactly what they do not do. The second half arguably mirrors the first for quality, for ferocity, for catchiness and for interesting memorable moments: 'Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage,' 'Honor Killings,' 'Food For The Worms' ...these are all raging tunes.

Overall; despite line up drama, this is an absolutely ripping album from the Bay Area legends, and people like me were wrong to doubt them. The band are arguably in much better shape than three quarters of the rest of '80s Thrash bands are at the minute, arguably stronger than ninety percent of new Thrash revival bands, and this album is arguably in the top half in not top quarter of their entire discography (and those are damn big words, but I genuinely mean it). If like me you are skeptical of yet further line up changes or just plain sad to see Rob go, don't hesitate like I did. Blood goes in, Blood goes out, but Exodus are always bloody brilliant.

EXODUS Tempo of the Damned

Album · 2004 · Thrash Metal
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Vim Fuego
Bands reforming years after a split, riding short-lived waves of nostalgia are sad. Generally, it's all for the money. An old singer or guitar player gets wheeled out on stage, surrounded by faceless session musicians to fill in for band members too arthritic or comatose to perform. Tired, bloated old hacks go through the motions of a greatest hits package with none of the enthusiasm of their youth, counting the minutes until they can jam more cocaine up their noses. Deep Purple, the Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath...

Can we add Exodus to this list?

No fucking way. This is Exodus. This is the band whose debut "Bonded By Blood" blitzed the debut of every other Bay Area thrash band, bar none. From the first few notes of "Scar Spangled Banner", it's only a matter of seconds before the memory of the relatively poor "Force Of Habit" is completely banished. This is the band which recorded "A Lesson In Violence". This is the band famous for "The Toxic Waltz". This IS Exodus.

The famous dual guitar attack of Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt is as potent as it ever was, thundering through riff after riff. The pair show great restraint during the numerous solos. The over-the-top Kerry King histrionics of their early career are long gone, in favour of a more classic metal style. Check the Maiden-esque twin lead on "Shroud Of Urine", and the impressive interplay on "Culling The Herd".

The riffs on "Impaler" might sound a little familiar. Apparently, they were written by Kirk Hammett in 1982 (and he gets a writing credit for the song), and first appeared in a slightly altered form on Metallica's "Ride The Lightning". The late Paul Baloff penned the lyrics, in his own distinctive ultraviolent style.

Steve Souza's voice seems to have picked up a rougher edge in the 12 years since "Force Of Habit", but at the same time has widened his vocal register. A criticism levelled at 1990s "Impact Is Imminent" was Souza's voice was too monotonous. The 2004 version still has the same vehement bark he always possessed, but a deeper Chuck Billy style growl and a Chuck Schuldiner screech also appear.

Exodus' political sensibilities have always been sharper than most thrash bands, and the behaviour of the world's only remaining superpower provides lyrical ammo aplenty. "Scar Spangled Banner" and "War Is My Shepherd" vent at the warmongering and right wing gun culture which seems prevalent in the United States.

No single track stands head and shoulders above the others, but neither are there any duds. This is Exodus' most consistent album since their debut. There really isn't anything stunningly new on show, but the adage if it's not broken, don't fix it applies. Exodus is a band with nothing left to prove.

EXODUS Fabulous Disaster

Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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Vim Fuego
Forget Testament, Exodus were next in line behind the Big Four as far as quality, originality and good old fashioned head-banging, fist pumping, slam dancing thrash metal went. ‘Fabulous Disaster’ hit the shelves just as the first premature obituaries to thrash were being written. It helped prop up a sagging scene, for a short time anyway.

While many Exodus fans rave about the band’s incendiary debut 'Bonded by Blood' as being their finest hour, 'Fabulous Disaster' is far from the product of a spent force. Many wrote the band off after the patchy ‘Pleasures of the Flesh’, and it took a lot of resolve to blast back to the top of the thrash pile. By the time ‘Fabulous Disaster’ was recorded, Exodus had perfected their own distinctive sound. Rivalling Hanneman and King, Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt were the near-perfect thrash guitar duo. Their guitar tone here borders on death metal at times, using dual rhythm and dual leads to amazing effect. At times, it is so heavy as to be percussive. Check the title track, ‘The Toxic Waltz’ and the cover of AC/DC's ‘Overdose’ for evidence.

That's not to say all the band could do was heavy. Far from it. There is a cover of War’s ‘Low Rider’, the cow bells sounding a little out of place, but far superior to the mangling Korn gave the song. ‘Cajun Hell’ is a real surprise. It starts with a zydeco flavoured introduction, and mixes a little Southern boogie with crushing metal, in a style Down would be proud of. However, swamp rock isn't what you listen to Exodus for primarily. No, heads down, heavy duty thrash is the main reason for listening to Exodus. It is here by the truckload. Basically, any track here will have you banging your head and shouting along with Steve Souza. You get hardcore style massed backing vocals, lyrics ranging from political satire (‘Corruption’) to social comment (‘Open Season’), to silly metal fun (‘The Toxic Waltz’).

‘The Toxic Waltz’ was the best ode to fans of the era, back in the days when a mosh pit was a swirling maelstrom of bodies colliding chaotically in a ballet of controlled aggression. (OK, so "ballet" may not be the most appropriate word, but it beats the "Simon says jump up and down on the spot" deal which passes for moshing now.) If you can imagine the pit, it is the perfect visual representation of Exodus' music. ‘The Last Act of Defiance’ and ‘Like Father, Like Son’ are both incredibly dark, violent songs, one about a prison riot, the other about child abuse. Imagining the carnage described on the first track and Souza screaming "Please Daddy, no more!" on the second can chill to the bone. Powerful.

No other album sounds quite like ‘Fabulous Disaster’, except Exodus’ next album ‘Impact Is Imminent’, basically a ‘Fabulous Disaster #2’. For sheer bowel churning weight, ‘Fabulous Disaster’ was the heaviest thing to ever come out of the Bay Area in the 1980s.

EXODUS Blood In, Blood Out

Album · 2014 · Thrash Metal
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"Blood In, Blood Out" is the 11th full-length studio album by US thrash metal act Exodus. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in October 2014. There´s been quite a significant lineup change since the release of "Exhibit B: the Human Condition (2010)" as lead vocalist Rob Dukes, who joined Exodus in 2005 after Steve "Zetro" Souza left the band for the second time, has been replaced by his predecessor, who joins Exodus for the third time (if you count the 2002 reunion).

The addition of Steve "Zetro" Souza to the ranks, results in "Blood In, Blood Out" practically sounding like the natural successor to "Tempo of the Damned (2004)", as if the intermediate Rob Dukes fronted releases never existed. This is simply the sound of "classic" era Exodus, which is probably a great joy to those fans who never warmed up to Rob Dukes "core" tinged delivery. Not surprisingly the band are very well playing and "Zetro" is in fine vocal form, delivering his characteristic snarling attack with the right "fuck you" attitude.

The material on the 11 track, 62:17 minutes long album features few surprises, so if you are familiar with past "Zetro" fronted Exodus releases, you pretty much know what to expect (albeit I feel this one is slightly more aggressive and raw than past endeavers). Mid- to faster paced driving beats, fast aggressive thrashy riffing, and occasional heavier groove based sections, blistering guitar solos, and the above mentioned snarling vocals on top (and the occasional riot gang backing vocals). The quality of the tracks is high throughout, and while 60 minutes of playing time might be just a couple of tracks too long, when the variation between the tracks isn´t greater, all tracks still come off as catchy and memorable (so it´s not a major issue, but just a general observation that music of this type usually works better within a 40 minutes long format). Some of the highlights are tracks like "Collateral Damage", the title track, and the furiously fast paced "Food for the Worms", but as mentioned I could literally have picked any track off the album and taken one by one they would have applied as highlights.

Andy Sneap is credited as producer on "Blood In, Blood Out", as he has been on most post reunion albums by Exodus, and he has created a huge, powerful, and metallic sound, which suits the material well. It´s a clear and detailed sound production, but still raw enough to not sound polished. So all things considered "Blood In, Blood Out" is a high quality release by Exodus and a welcome return to the fold for Steve "Zetro" Souza, whose voice and delivery to my ears fit Exodus sound like a glove. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

EXODUS Bonded by Blood

Album · 1985 · Thrash Metal
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EXODUS had finished their debut album BONDED BY BLOOD already in 1984 but because of record company lamenesses it didn't get released until the following year. It also was originally to be titled “A Lesson In Violence” (which would later be used for the 1997 live album) but that was scrapped because they couldn't find suitable art ideas for the album cover and instead settled on renaming it with a depiction of a set of Siamese twins with one being more akin to Rosemary's baby. I suppose this symbolizes the duality of human nature and that in each and every one of us exists the potential for either of these twins to take control. Kirk Hammett had jumped ship and moved on to more promising pastures in Metallica and was replaced by Gary Holt. BONDED BY BLOOD was also re-recorded later with a different lineup as “Let There Be Blood” in 2008. Only Gary Holt and Tom Hunting would appear on both versions.

The music on this debut album is actually quite good. Thrash was young at this point but EXODUS had a very good take on staking out their own sound. It is clear they were inspired by Judas Priest and Iron Maiden with their galloping riffs and dual lead guitar assaults but they keep a tight and bouncy rhythm persisting mostly due to the drumming techniques of Tom Hunting. The thing that cracks me up about this album is the vocals of Paul Baloff who would take a hiatus after this album. Although he mostly sounds good as a thrash vocalist, he has a strange way of wailing from low to high. I can't help think of him as an angry clown because his voice reminds me of Darph Bobo, the supreme leader of the Dark Clown Empire from the Canadian animated series “Tripping The Rift.” This contradiction of humorous presentation with the bleak and violent lyrics always leaves me amused on this one. Although this album is considered hugely influential I'm not as impressed by it as the other thrash acts emerging at the same time. It is no doubt a good album though that has plenty of great quality diverse elements but I agree with those who find this a tad overrated.

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