Exodus
Fabulous Disaster


5.0
classic

Review

by sonictheplumber STAFF USER (107 Reviews)
June 6th, 2008 | 67 replies | 8,338 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fabulous Disaster is an overlooked masterpiece that every thrasher will love.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

As much as I like serious thrash like Metallica, Slayer, and Testament, I always have time for the more fun and light-hearted thrash groups like Municipal Waste, D.R.I., and my favorite, Exodus. The band is most famous for it's association with Metallica, but there is much more to Exodus than their connection with the former thrash titans.

As I said earlier, Exodus are one of the not-so-serious thrash bands. They don't sing about bad preachers, Satan, or the greenhouse effect. They sing about moshing, killing, and disaster. An evidence of their not-so-poetic lyrics can be found in one of the band's more popular songs, The Toxic Waltz, which is a song about moshing and brutally beating your dance partner. This song features the best aspects of Exodus. The lyrics are hilarious, the guitars are fast, thrashy, and brutal, and Steve's vocals are screechy and evil-sounding. Another one of the more ridiculous tracks is the cover of War's Low Rider, which is a vast improvement over the original. Gary Holt's amazing guitar playing and Steve's nails-on-a-chalkboard vocals make this song incredibly fun to listen to. Verbal Razors is definitely the fastest and thrashiest song on the album, featuring pounding drums, chugga-chugga guitars, and some more brilliant lyrics.

Exodus isn't all about stupidity though. The opening track, The Last Act of Defiance, is a lot more serious than many of the other songs. It's about the injustice of the prison system. Cajun Hell is about, well, a cajun hell. It's about a bunch of evil rednecks. Sounds stupid, but it's pretty cool.

The best things about this album are the guitars and the vocals. Gary Holt is an amazing guitarist, and he's one of the most underrated metal axemen of all-time. His solos are stunning, and his and Rick Hunolt's riffs have a crunchy sound, similar to AC/DC or Pantera but a hell of a lot thrashier. Steve Souza's vocals take time to grow on you, but once they do, you begin to realise how good he is. His voice is sort of like a thrashified version of Bon Scott, except Steve sounds far more wicked. The rhythm section is where Exodus fails. While the pounding drums are perfect for a thrash metal band, the bass is nearly inaudible. I wouldn't say that the band was suffering from ...And Justice For All syndrome, but Rob needed to step it up. This is forgivable however, because Exodus is a thrash metal band, and they aren't known for their amazing bass-playing abilities. Everything else is absolutely stellar.

Overall, Fabulous Disaster is an overlooked masterpiece that every thrasher will simply adore. While most people will tell you that Bonded By Blood is the band's finest outing, I respectfully disagree. Fabulous Disaster is the band's best album. It's got a perfect balance of serious thrash and downright stupid. Also, it features two superb covers, both of which are as good as the original, if not better. Fabulous Disaster is an album that is unsurpassed by many thrash metal groups, as well as the band themselves. If you want fifty minutes of fun, kick-ass thrash metal, then Fabulous Disaster is for you.

The Best of the Best:
The Toxic Waltz
Fabulous Disaster
Verbal Razors
The Last Act of Defiance

5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Dethtrasher
June 6th 2008



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you for replacing my crap-revie! This was good, short and informative, and I totally agree that this is (or was) a not-so-serious thrash band. The Toxic Waltz was my first Exodus song and I still love. The title track and Verbal Razors are great tracks as well.

combustion07
June 6th 2008



5343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, I love this album.

FR33L0RD
June 6th 2008



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Exodus is an interesting Thrashmetal band
i do prefer newer albums
(but it seems like its just me and its ok that way)

got my vote
This Message Edited On 06.06.08

south_of_heaven 11
June 6th 2008



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album really, really fucking rules.
First three songs are classics, no questions asked. The rest, like Cajun Hell, are really fucking good too.

Monaro73
October 21st 2008



23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed, this album is a classic. Straight up good time thrash metal. One of my favs from Exodus.This Message Edited On 10.21.08

Thrasher86
March 13th 2009



181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I got to get my hands on this! Love the material but can't find it anywhere... I guess Ebay lol.

gutturalmaster
December 24th 2009



170 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awesome thrash album; definately a classic in Metal history!

Jesuslaves
January 6th 2010



4655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listened to this for the first time in a while today. Forgot how sick Toxic Waltz and the title track are. This one of the very few albums out there that makes me want to mosh my dick off.

LF, LS gets overlooked too often. I love that track.

KILL
June 11th 2010



71167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sup sonic album RULES

Digging: David Axelrod - Song of Innocence

kount
June 11th 2010



1279 Comments


waltz it up THE PIT IS IT

KILL
June 11th 2010



71167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best lyrics ever

Megadeth
August 10th 2010



935 Comments


this is what metal is all about, awesome riffs/drums amazing lyrics about fucking shit up no bullshit btbam stuff just pure METAL

NeroCorleone80
August 19th 2010



28683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is the best Exodus album

Digging: Howlin Wolf - Howlin' Wolf/Moanin' in the Moonlight

KILL
August 19th 2010



71167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes

Maniac!
August 19th 2010



26250 Comments


KILL

KILL
August 19th 2010



71167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yo check this album out man you'll love it

Inveigh
August 19th 2010



24866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol no. he's not that dumb.

Digging: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

Maniac!
August 19th 2010



26250 Comments


Alright. I'll get this and sun O)))

KILL
August 19th 2010



71167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what you on about invieghirey

Inveigh
August 19th 2010



24866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh i've never heard this but Maniac went on a streak yesterday of about 25 comments in a row with that exact quote so I wanted to be cool too



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