Exodus
Pleasures of the Flesh


4.0
excellent

Review

by met65 USER (7 Reviews)
October 17th, 2008 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Being Exodus's sophomore effort, they show a more technical side on this album. A step up from Bonded by Blood music-wise.

Pleasures of the Flesh is probably one of Exodus's most underrated, underappreciated albums. This may be due to the rarity of the album itself (I found it used in a music store for about 5 bucks), but I think it's also because Exodus never play anything from this album live anymore. Originally, Paul Baloff was supposed to do the vocal duties on this album, but was replaced by Steve Souza of Legacy (Testament) shortly before they recorded it.

THE LINEUP:

Steve Souza: Vocals
Gary Holt: Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Rick Hunolt: Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Rob Mckillop: Bass Guitar
Tom Hunting: Drums

Unlike most old school thrash metal fans, I think that this album is a step up from Bonded by Blood musically and lyrically. First off, Steve Souza's Bon Scott-like vocals seem to fit Exodus better. He is more of natural singer then Paul in my opinion (he has more of a range and control of his voice). He is more fierce in his vocal delivery, especially in their 3 albums before the experimental Force of Habit album. Steve is also very good at screeches, which is what Paul Baloff was known for. For some people though, the screams and screeches may be annoying. Overall, Steve does a great job taking on the vocals of Exodus on this album. VOCALS: 4/5

Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt are probably the best thrash guitar duo to come out of the Bay Area scene. Their riffs, solos, and even their guitar tone has improved a ton since Bonded by Blood. In songs like Pleasures of the Flesh and Deranged they show this; great guitar harmonies and solos. In Bonded by Blood, the riffs were a little elementary and the structure was very simple. The solos are a lot more complex and enjoyable to listen to in this album. I've always loved the solo tradeoffs between Rick and Gary, and this is the first Exodus album to feature that famous thrash metal element. I think the guitarists show the most improvement and give the best performance on this album. GUITARS: 5/5

The bass is actually audible on this album, which is rare for an eighties Exodus album. Rob Mckillop does a pretty good job holding everything together, even though he isn't very complex and mainly follows the guitars. He does show his talent in songs like Chemi-Kill and Choose Your Weapon, in the fact that he can keep up with Tom Hunting and the guitarists and add some cool but short bass fills at the same time. It's a shame that you can barely hear him in the other albums that he played on. It wasn't till Exodus got Jack Gibson that they started to turn up the bass on the albums. BASS: 4/5

And last but not least, Tom Hunting's job. He probably showed the best improvement, after Gary and Rick. Tom seemed like he got a bit more technical and solid on this album. One thing that bothered me about Bonded by Blood is that you could barely even hear the bass drum. On Pleasures of the Flesh, he shows that he can double bass and do double time no problem. He also adds a lot more fills and speed to his playing on this album. Not his best performance, but certainly a step up from Bonded by Blood. DRUMS: 4/5

Overall, I think this album is very underrated and that if you like Fabulous Disaster, you will like this album. Some may think that Paul was the voice of Exodus, but Steve Souza does an amazing job replacing him. No, it's not a timeless album like Bonded by Blood, but a very good listen if you want to pop in some old school thrash.

PROS:
Riffs and Solos
Hunting shows a more technical side then he did on the album prior
Great Vocals
Audible Bass

CONS:
Some of Steve's screams may get annoying to some people
Even though it's a great album, it's not very catchy



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Bleak123
October 17th 2008


1902 Comments


pretty good review. im not really all that huge on exodus, theyre one of those bands that are kinda good/kinda annoying for me. idk why. it's just the way it is.

Willie
Moderator
October 17th 2008


16145 Comments


I've never been a big fan of Exodus mainly due to their vocalists. The review isn't bad though.

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Wizard
October 17th 2008


19641 Comments


Pros
I kind of like the way you went about doing this review. It was straight to the point and you broke it down into some interesting instrument descriptions. Myself being the instrumental type of music listener, you have convinced me that this is worth my time.

Cons
Some of the descriptions could have been worded better. Also, some people don't like this approach to a review and therefore it will only appeal to a small number of users on this site.


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Bleak123
October 17th 2008


1902 Comments


im not gonna lie but if youre gonna check out exodus it has to be 'bonded by blood'

Wizard
October 17th 2008


19641 Comments


I have that album but this sounds good as well. Fan favourites aren't always the best ;).

Bleak123
October 17th 2008


1902 Comments


oh fo' sho'. i more than agree about fan favourites not always being best, i just think in this case it is. im not disputing this isnt good though, i havent heard the whole of this album in all honesty.This Message Edited On 10.17.08

ASberg
October 18th 2008


2161 Comments


Exodus was a great band, today i think they lack everything they had to begin with. This album is rather good though. Havent really heard it that much but i will.This Message Edited On 10.18.08

Wizard
October 18th 2008


19641 Comments


today i think they lack everything they had to begin with.

Yes.

Dethtrasher
October 19th 2008


2211 Comments


Finally some fucking thrash around here, props :thumb:
I love Exodus, both past and present but I haven't heard this album. Good review though, I like the format.

Monaro73
October 21st 2008


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you like Exodus and you haven't heard this album you should go and find it now, this is a classic Exodus album and as the review states often overlooked. Awesome thrash by an awesome band.

Dethtrasher
October 22nd 2008


2211 Comments


Alright then, I've ordered the deluxe/rem-version of the album.

Jesuslaves
October 2nd 2010


4658 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listened to this like 7 times in the past 4 days.

Pyosisified
October 2nd 2010


2450 Comments


good album

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
January 22nd 2012


1922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album, but perhaps overshadowed by 'Bonded by Blood'.

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DrHouseSchuldiner
April 13th 2013


5643 Comments


Awesome album!

miketunneyiscool123
September 5th 2014


668 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/ PARASITE m/

miketunneyiscool123
October 1st 2014


668 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No one ever talks about this album. I find this better than Bonded By Blood.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2014


1922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Maybe it's overshadowed by the band's debut, but there's still a few crackers to be found here. One thing I just can't get into is the vocals, which for me are weak compared to the instrumentation. Nonetheless, songs like "Till Death do Us Part" and "Faster than you'll ever live to be" are very solid thrash.



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