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Exodus: Exhibit B: The Human Condition

Real thrash metal continues thanks to another of the 80's top metal bands, that band is Exodus who are still releasing explosive albums with their rampaging metal style. Exodus is far from a spent force as they promptly rip it up on Exhibit B: The Human Condition. Just like The Atrocity Exhibition (Exhibit A) this second part has Exodus dealing with controversial issues in true punishing thrash metal format, and the artwork is also quite graphic with the group picture showing all members in a decapitated state. There's a feast of scintillating riffage and solos plus the obligatory tempo variation making this newest Exodus a must buy for fans.

Exodus launch their latest thrash collection with "The Ballad Of Leonard And Charles", and if you have Exhibit A you will recognize the music that ended that album also starts this one after a brief lighter guitar intro. Exodus is as brutal as the topic they have chosen, this being a song about serial killers Charles NG and Leonard Lake. Another strong track "Beyond The Pale" has more of Exodus's potent dual axe attack just like the brawny "Downfall" and its memorable solo section.

"Burn, Hollywood, Burn" deals with the short term fame created by reality shows and the like, this follows onto the very catchy and slower but still crushing metal of "Democide", with great drumming from Tom Hunting as he locks into the groove one more time with those addictive guitar riffs- this is one metal band that are so in synch with each other's playing. "The Sun Is My Destroyer" has more of Exodus's energetic metal, aggressive vocals and subdued passage, "A Perpetual State Of Indifference" is the sort of instrumental that would make a fine intro for any thrash album, instead here it flows into the furious closer "Good Riddance".

The more time I spend with this CD the more its appeal increases, Exhibit B: The Human Condition has plenty of head banging magic, it's not a short release like many thrash CDs, but the music of Exodus keeps you entertained.

Track Listing
Track list:
1. The Ballad Of Leonard And Charles
2. Beyond The Pale
3. Hammer And Life
4. Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)
5. Downfall
6. March Of The Sycophants
7. Nanking
8. Burn, Hollywood, Burn
9. Democide
10.The Sun Is My Destroyer
11.A Perpetual State Of Indifference
12.Good Riddance

Added: July 21st 2010
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: The Band's Web Site
Hits: 2003
Language: english

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Exodus: Exhibit B: The Human Condition
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-07-21 07:34:55
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The revival of 80's thrash soldiers on with yet another Bay Area band continuing on with their renaissance, as Exodus have produced yet another stellar effort here with Exhibit B: The Human Condition. Along with Megadeth, Heathen, Overkill, and Testament, Exodus are on quite a roll, creating perhaps their best material in two decades. As with Exibit A, this latest release is a lengthy platter of thrash metal mayhem, long on consise, technical riffing, blinding solos, jackhammer rhythms, and Rob Dukes' snarling vocals.

Almost all of the 12 songs here are 5+ minutes in length, so expect plenty of extended arrangements and solos here which help the band build out the drama and headbanging experience. As always, the guitar work of Lee Altus and Gary Holt is spectacular, as the duo weave plenty of complex riffery, tasty harmony lines, and wild lead exchanges throughout the mix, bolstered by the beefy & intricate rhythms from bassist Jack Gibson and drummer Tom Hunting. There's almost too many top notch songs here to mention, but a few of the highlights are the gangbuster opener "The Ballad of Leonard and Charles", the riff snorting blaster "Beyond the Pale", the uber-technical masher "Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)", the groove laden "Nanking", and the epic, near 10 minute thrash fest "The Sun Is My Destroyer".

This is near 80 minutes of thrash metal bliss folks, as Exodus take you on a violent metal journey that is sure to get your neck snapping, you head banging, and your air guitars blazing. Essential listening and sure to be one of 2010's major highlights.

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