Power of Metal.dk Review

Blood in Blood Out
Style: Thrash Metal
Release date: 10 October, 2014
Playing time: 62:00

He is back and lots of fans will be pleased. Not that the albums with Rob Dukes were bad, no not at all, but most of the fans like the albums with Steve Souza best. After Paul Baloff left the band Steve entered and they recorded 'Pleasures of the Flesh', still one of the best Exodus albums and after that more albums followed and in 1993 Steve left the band, but joined the band again in 2003 to record one of the highlights of Exodus named 'Tempo of the Damned'. This was just a short return and he left the band again in 2004. Over the last 10 years he recorded albums with Dublin Death Patrol, Tenet and over the last 2 years two albums with Hatriot. In June this year Rob Dukes got fired and surprise, surprise Steve Zetro returned on the Exodus nest.

With most of the songs already written the band started to record the new album immediately. After an electronic sounding intro, the first song immediately shows that the band means war again. This time the band has written some very straight forward and aggressive thrash metal songs and a lot less progressive than on both 'Exhibit 'albums. It sounds rather old school Exodus, reminding of 'Pleasures of the Flesh' and 'Fabulous Disaster' combined with fast tempi of the 'Tempo of the Damned' period. The sound of the album is very HEAVY, especially the bass lines are rather in front and give the music a very dark and heavy undertone. On top of that the mighty guitar riffs, sometimes reminding a bit of Slayer, but that isn't strange if you know that Gary Holt is responsable for that. Steve sings like Steve and that makes the album very recognizable. With his aggressive biting singing style he makes the difference and sees to it that Exodus is top of the bill if you talk about thrash metal. For young thrash bands it will be almost impossible to write such a good album with songs that stick from start to finish and with such aggressive vocals. Another real highlight are the bass lines of Jack Gibson, check them out!

Andy Sneap is responsible for the production and gave it a clear modern heavy sound. The typical Exodus galloping style and the melodic riffs and soli of tandem Holt/Altus make you want to bang and create a massive pit in every song. In general thrash metal albums are rather short, but Exodus created over one hour of fine thrash metal that doesn't bore you for a second. There have been a lot of new thrash albums this year and a lot of good ones, but this is the best one so far and I doubt if there will be one in the months to come that can beat this.

If you need a lesson in violence, that strikes like a beast and is more dangerous than a piranha leading you in a tempo of the damned toxic waltzing through Cajun Hell, waiting for a fabulous disaster and an act of defiance producing an overdose of a shroud of urine.....????? (Is this a sentence that does make any sense???), buy this metal command.

01. Black 13
Blood In Blood Out
Collateral Damage
Salt the Wound (with Kirk Hammett)
Body Harvest
BtkFeed Me More
Wrapped in the Arms of Rage
My Last Nerve
09. Numb
10. Honor Killings
11. Food for the Worms
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Distribution: Sony Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 9 October, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/exodusattack