Exodus
The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A


2.0
poor

Review

by Kalle J. USER (37 Reviews)
October 16th, 2007 | 147 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Take all your preconceived notions about thrash metal and hit yourself over the head with them.

One of the greatest, yet unnoticed mistakes in establishing an opinion over a certain album is to compare and base it around a previous landmark in musical history, usually by the same artist, but not necessarily. Many would argue that it is essential to have some form of perspective when judging how successful an album is, and mathematically, it is possible to draw conclusions with the use of one invariable and the album that is being reviewed. The difference extracts the answer to your wondering. Perspective is crucial, but perspective that is narrowed to down to one object is most likely to lead to inaccuracy.

First and foremost, I would like to make one thing clear. The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A is not Bonded By Blood. It’s not a remastered Bonded By Blood, and it’s definitely not playing tribute to an album that stands as a monument for the Bay Area Thrash explosion. This release isn’t either an anomaly, which churns out something completely devoid of Exodus’ marked traits, just in order to solicit some kind
of diversion. There is nothing to deviate from; this album isn’t going to pretend it can be their 1986 opus, even though the quality, hypothetically, could be right up there. Although such a comparison may be unwarranted vis-*-vis the various differences in style, Exodus are not taking the same route as say, Ulver, who have presented several swerves throughout their discography. The deal is, Exodus, having pioneered the Thrash genre, can’t afford to make wayward steps, and they know it.

But my thoughts have only but amassed into hypothesis. As I listen to Exodus’ latest, there seems to be a certain restless scrimmage which overbears the sound. If I hadn’t known better, I would’ve said the album was nothing more than a generic effort from any underground heavyweight band. But no, this is Exodus, almost 20 years after their debut album, and the change is conspicuous. Let me now go on to making clear that I am in no way going to make any comparisons based on purist demeanor. To be fair, I haven’t heard any other Exodus material so I do not know whether half their career was greatly lulled by lackluster efforts from their part, or whether (I believe so from what I gather) there were a few releases which were actually notable in the progress of the bands career. Regardless, things are about to get wild.

Almost instantly, the opening track Call To Arms, throws me off course. Introduced by beating drums, it is then replaced by a very pleasant riff, which in turn is inevitably layered. You would think it was off to a good start, but Riot Act blasts out to be one of the most sub-par songs on the album, where the overbearing distortion creates bland and uninspired riffs and slides. A botched attempt at sounding chaotically out-of-place is then followed by Funeral Hymn, where I am overwhelmed by a feeling of déj*-vu. This song is almost a mongrel of Riot Act and every other song, juxtaposing carbon copied palm muting patterns and two-stringed plucking. The mishap that is Tom Hunting’s drumming, literally jerks the limelight and takes out its batteries, as it is pretty much never does anything to the time signature, let alone is it actually capable of taking up its position. So where do I start with palm muting. It’s really starting to wear off, just as much as breakdowns. I guess it is taken as granted, acting as a fundamental base for everything else. Children of A Worthless God reeks of such an excess of palm muting. By the time I’ve listened to half the album, I’m relatively bored.

As Soon As It Was, It Shall Be only affirms one thing, and that is, this album is plagued by repetition, insipidness, and further repetition. Although the solo is quite enjoyable the generic tempo on this song in particular is enough to bore the hell out of me. If that isn’t enough, the length of most songs ranges from 5-10 minutes. The title track is, hands down, horrible. I won’t even go into detail, because it is something that must be listened to. It is basically a really weird chord hit over and over quite rapidly, and a slower section which compensates the hideousness that is this title track. This song is 10 minutes long, and frankly, not a minute too long!

The greater moments only just come streaming in as Iconoclasm takes over my speakers. It’s the most consistent song on the album, if you will, but it is tainted with repetition akin. But all else, save for maybe Bedlam 123, points to the obvious decadence that this band has succumbed to. It is easy to see, why after 20 years in the music-making biz, Exodus have reaped what seamed. The fact that the band won't even bother to differentiate each song invites you to take all cliches about thrash at your disposition and smack yourself over the head with them. Simply put, the freshness that was present on earlier releases is hardly retained during this 59 minute somnusfest.

Recommended Tracks:
  • Funeral Hymn
  • Iconoclasm

Streaming Link: http://www.myspace.com/exodus



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Comments:Add a Comment 
kalkal50
October 16th 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This review is about as inspired as the album itself. Plus I'm going through a dry spell, review-wise. So have mercy.

Crimson
October 16th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review, and upon listening to the album, I agree.

south_of_heaven 11
October 16th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Kal, I hate to be a dick here, but the album was just streamed yesterday, and hadn't leaked before that. This review kinda reeks of a one-time listening deal. I'm not doubting that you view this as a 2, but I really suggest that you delete this, listen to it for another week, and then re-write it.

Right now this at a 3.5 for me, so don't think I'm just saying this because I love the album.

The biggest flaw with this album is that Exodus seems to have forgotten that a thrash song every now and then over 7 minutes is cool, but to have a album filled with them makes it dull.This Message Edited On 10.16.07

Dethtrasher
October 16th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will get this sooner or later, even though that Riot Act didn't ripped my face (sorry South). But Exodus is one of few thrash bands left that delivers neckbreaking thrash, Gary Holt is one of my guitarheroes as well.

Dethtrasher
October 16th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wtf, stupid double post!This Message Edited On 10.16.07

kalkal50
October 16th 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Kal, I hate to be a dick here, but the album was just streamed yesterday, and hadn't leaked before that. This review kinda reeks of a one-time listening deal.


Really dude, I've listened to this more than once, 4 times to be precise. I know my thrash and this just isn't it. It's really boring and repetitive.

south_of_heaven 11
October 16th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

In no way am I trying to tell you that you don't know your thrash, don't take it that way. All I'm saying is it's just been out for basically one day, I'd like to see you wait a week to really let it sink in so you can write a better review. This one isn't one of your best works, and I find you to be an excellent reviewer.

This is probably going to be a 3 from me soon.This Message Edited On 10.16.07

kalkal50
October 16th 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks, I'm not very happy with this review either. But I mean there are somethings you need to wait a week to let sink in, but others you don't have to wait at all because they don't really have any subtleties or particularities that need time to grow on you. It's never taken me long to get into any thrash album, this album is just really boring and bad.

south_of_heaven 11
October 16th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Alright, that's fine then man. I mean, it's still a solid review by any means, just not up to your standards.
But I was so excited for this album because I actually really, really enjoy "Riot Act" and "Children of a Worthless God". The only other track that's incredible IMO is "Bedlam 123", and the rest are just kinda there..."Garden of Bleeding" sucks IMO.

kalkal50
October 16th 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Children of a Worthless God was actually quite good, I was contemplating whether I should put it up on the recommended track list. I know its not my best review, the next one will be better foreal.

jrowa001
October 16th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review. i havent had a chance to listen to this, but if it's anything like Shovel Headed Kill Machine i will like it since i loved that album

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2007


17945 Comments


Yeah this band sucks hard.

jrowa001
October 16th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just went to their myspace. i must say that Riot Act sucks big time. the recommended tracks were ok, but Bedlam 123 was killer. if i were to listen to the whole album i would give it a 3.5 maybe a 3

WARPATH_88
October 16th 2007


514 Comments


I kinda like this album. Not your classic bay area thrash album, but then again its not supposed to be.

Yeah this band sucks hard.


Nah....

Wizard
October 16th 2007


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sorry Kal, this album was good but not as good as it could have been. Well written review, but I'm going to have to agree with SOH and say that this review sounds like it was judged upon first hearing.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

Crimson
October 16th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

He's already said he's listened to it 4 times, which is enough by my standards, and why would he want to listen to it much more? Being a bit harsh imo.

joshuatree
Emeritus
October 16th 2007


3742 Comments


these guys need to stop making music. bonded in blood kicks ass, they had their glory, it's time to retire. good review though

south_of_heaven 11
October 17th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'd like to hear this on normal CD production...there's a bunch of people over on the Exodus board who have copies of this already and love it, but also hate the one that's being streamed on myspace...they claim the production is a huge difference.

Dethtrasher
October 17th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just 4 times? I have starting to listen to new stuff for weeks before reviewing.
@joshuatree. Bonded By Blood is the most repetitive thrash album I have ever encountered. Fabulous Disaster was their prime imo.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 17th 2007


17945 Comments


Four times is enough if you don't like it.



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