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Exodus: Blood In, Blood Out

One of the original and best Bay Area thrash metal groups Exodus are back with Blood In, Blood Out their first studio album since 2010's Exibit B: The Human Condition.

The big news in the Exodus camp from earlier this year was the return of vocalist Steve 'Zetro' Souza who has quite a different style to that of former lead vocalist Rob Dukes. Souza is the snarly and sinister sounding one compared to Duke's hardened tough guy vocals, and the band decided that a change was the right move in going forward. Tom Hunting is such a killer metal drummer and his performances on Blood In, Blood Out are more proof of just that like when totally slays it on the awesome "Body Harvest". While unleashing metal havoc are guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus, along with Jack Gibson's bass playing their performances are also bursting with energy and power.

I wondered who I was listening to at the start of Blood In, Blood Out and the song "Back 13", but it isn't long before Exodus explode to life. Title track "Blood In, Blood Out" and "Collateral Damage" present us with more of that Exodus' style storming metal, then it's addictive riff time for "Salt In The Wound" which has a guest solo spot by guitarist Kirk Hammett, who of course was a former Exodus member before joining Metallica. Blood In, Blood Out has many intense speedsters like "Food For The Worms"sure to please the mosh pit enthusiasts at their live performances. Over the years Exodus have also recorded some of the most addictive mid paced metal tracks, and they haven't been forgotten on Blood In, Blood Out. There is "Btk" a song which includes the vocals of Testament's front man Chuck Billy and "My Last Nerve" a song with more pleasing riffs. In a gripping finale "Food For The Worms", Exodus show once again what a TRUE thrash metal band should sound like, with an unshackled display of metal ferocity.

It's great to hear potent and exciting new metal releases from both Exodus and Overkill in 2014, these thrash pioneers are still masters of their craft.

See more about this release on our recent YouTube show!

Track Listing
1. Black 13
2. Blood In Blood Out
3. Collateral Damage
4. Salt The Wound
5. Body Harvest
6. BTK
7. Wrapped In The Arms of Rage
8. My Last Nerve
9. Numb
10. Honor Killings
11. Food For The Worms

Added: November 1st 2014
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2709
Language: english

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Exodus: Blood In, Blood Out
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2014-11-01 06:53:39
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Steve 'Zetro' Souza is back where he belongs, now on his third stint fronting the mighty thrash legends Exodus. Blood In, Blood Out is his first album with the band since 2004's Tempo of the Damned (a mini-classic in my view), and though Exodus put out some killer releases with Rob Dukes at the vocal helm, his hardcore style just never really seemed to fit in quite like Souza's snarling attack. Everything we've always loved about these Bay Area thrash legends is here in spades, the virtuoso riffs & solos from Gary Holt and Lee Altus, Tom Hunting's powerful & acrobatic drumming, Jack Gibson's thunderous bass grooves, instantly memorable speed metal/thrash tunes, and of course the maniacal vocals of Souza. Rippers like "Collateral Damage", "Salt the Wound", and "Body Harvest" just grab you by the throat from the opening riffs and never let go, while mosh friendly fare such as "BTK", "My Last Nerve", and "Numb" just seem tailor made to slot into the bands live set. Closer "Food for the Worms" just might be one of the most powerful tracks this band has written in years, complete with massive, epic riffs from Holt & Arlus, manic rhythms, and Souza's venomous vocals. Your neck will be sore from all the headbanging you'll do to this one!

In short, another absolute winner from Exodus, a band that's just been on a roll for quite some time and show no signs of slowing down. With Souza back in the fold, there's no stopping them now.

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