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EXODUS BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT REVIEW 2014

 

EXODUS - BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

SEPTEMBER 7 2014

 

 

Not too many thrash bands have the privilege of having album releases to be considered a major event where expectations and anticipations are fairly big. It's safe to say that the 10th album from bay area thrashers Exodus may have very well joined the ranks with "Blood In, Blood Out", an unrelenting piece of work that will probably be considered one of the best albums they have put out in their long career. What makes this album even more special is the welcome return of Steve "Zetro" Souza on vocals who the band brought back much to the surprise of many fans who thought this would never happen. But on hearing these songs with Souza, it's easy to see why this happened and how he makes these particular songs perfect with his voice.

 

Beginning with an industrial/techno intro from electronic music producer Dan the Automator, "Black 13" is a straight up in your face thrasher which sets the mood for the rest of the tracks. But it's not until the title track right after it that really rips apart the listener with an old school Exodus song and where Souza really shines the most. At just under 4 minutes, the track is the epitome of what Exodus wanted to do with their next record after playing around with the more epic, progressive kind of stuff that was found on the Exhibit A & B albums. Short, fast, brutal and to the point, the chorus harks back to 80's Exodus while still maintaining that heavy edge that the band have been doing since their return from hiatus in the early 2000's. "Collateral Damage" continues the onslaught with more old school riffage and a fine performance from Tom Hunting on drums showcasing some brilliant double kicks during the verses. "Salt the Wound" is a must hear for the truly die hard thrash fans as this features none other than Metallica's Kirk Hammett ripping out a blistering solo in the middle of this groove track, his trademark wah pedal wailing all over the place. Even though Kirk went on to bigger pastures after forming Exodus back in the early 80's, he always remained friends with the band so it was a real pleasure to finally see him on a fully fledged Exodus album.

 

"Body Harvest" is one of the weaker tracks on the album to be honest and it has a little of the Exhibit A & B sound with a not quite grooving beat through-out. One of the longer tracks, it does give the album some dynamic fluctuation in the tracklist and shows Exodus is not just a 1 trick kind of band. "BTK" is one of the more mellower tracks though I use the word mellower lightly as it's still heavy but it's noteworthy for featuring Chuck Billy from Testament on additional vocals in the 2nd half of the song. A nice blend of growl and scream from both singers. "Wrapped In Arms" continues the fast stuff while "My Last Nerve" returns to the more groove oriented style which has a strong Testament-like vibe. Heading towards the end of the album, "Numb" is a killer song, again Zetro shining strong on this one and showing why many fans prefer his style of vocals. "Honor Killings" whips through like a bullet train with some duel guitar riffage/solos from Gary Holt and Lee Altus. Final track "Food For The Worms" ends the onslaught of this great thrash album with some speed and groove dynamics thrown into the mix.

 

Overall, the album has a very old school Exodus feel, especially with Souza on vocals but as mentioned before, stilling retaining that heavy brutality that the band have had on the later albums. Some may say "Tempo Of The Damned" on this one while others may say "Exhibit A & B" but I think it has a blend of all of their albums but with a more emphasis on the short, faster styles from the earlier albums. With Souza on vocals, it makes a significant difference in the music but whether people will prefer that only time will tell. The main thing though is that Exodus at this point in their career is sounding mighty good!

 

 

by Andrew Schizodeluxe

EXODUS BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT REVIEW 2014