Exodus
Exhibit B: The Human Condition


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chris Gaduzo USER (6 Reviews)
May 11th, 2010 | 58 replies | 21,057 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Exodus reassure us that they are still one of the major players in the metal world

Before I start, I suppose I should declare my stance on Exodus. I think Rob Dukes is pretty good, Shovel Headed KIll Machine was a decent album, but The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A disappointed me, the songs were too long, and plagued by the repetitive riffs that just bored the hell out of the listener. It made the long songs boring, and undermined the fact that some of the songs like "Iconoclasm" were actually decent.

Enter Exhibit B: The Human Condition, which although not quite being a follow up, definitely sets the record straight. Even though the opening song "The Ballad of Leonard and Charles" is seven minutes, it never gets boring, The bridge sections are interesting enough to not bore the listener - seems they got it right this time. "Beyond The Pale" is a pretty average track, but this is soon forgotten as soon as "Hammer and Life" comes on. A clear standout track, this could have been a "Bonded By Blood" track, and so the thrash assault continues.

About Half of the songs on this album are quite lengthy, just under ten minutes, but very rarely do the songs fall into the boring riffing sections that ruined songs like "Funeral Hymn". However, don't be fooled, This is far from a bunch of rehashed songs, "Downfall" is probably one of the best songs on the album, with an intro never heard on an Exodus song before. "Nanking" contains some interesting ambient sections that reminds me of bands like Testament or Annihilator, yet the really interesting thing about this song is that it's actually quite slowly paced, yet Exodus make it work.

Elsewhere, "March of The Sycophants" and "Burn Hollywood Burn" are pure thrash mayhem, and "Class Dismissed: A Hate Primer" is probably the heaviest song on the album. Rob Duke's vocals have definitely improved, and he now alternates between a Souza-like scream, a kind of sneer ("Hammer and Life") to a downright roar ("The Sun is My Destroyer"). Another thing that makes a welcome return is the gang vocals, which i missed on the last album, (see the bridge of the opening song), they give the songs much more punch. Gary Holt and Lee Altus deliver the riffs and solos, but take care to evolve them and not overuse them. Tom Hunting's drumming is still heavy as hell, while the Bass has its moments during the bridges and intros, as well as an actual solo in "The Sun is My Destroyer".

Lyrically, its the same old story of war, death, politics, etc. Whats better is that they seem much more focused and less one-sided than on the previous album, which once again got boring after a while. The album is not without fault however, Duke's vocals on "Democide" are pretty bad, while "A Perpetual State of Indifference" is pretty much pointless. unfortunately some songs still suffer from annoying bridge sections, but at least not to the extent to which the previous album did.

So, is this what Exodus should sound like? absolutely, will it silence the critics? probably not, but its still the best thing they've done for a long time. Those who hate Rob Dukes should avoid this, but those who accept him as the new singer, but were disappointed by "Exhibit A" will be reassured that Exodus have created an album that proves they are still one of the best thrash metal bands around.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
south_of_heaven 11
May 11th 2010


5433 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

snooze fest.

Capitalize the correct words too. "Standout" does not need to be capitalized, for example.

TBliss
May 11th 2010


987 Comments


Yeah, definatley go through and capitalize your 'I's for example.

Toretto
May 11th 2010


19 Comments


It's an album that starts to be really interesting after track 7. Until there, it's passable.

Dryden
May 11th 2010


12928 Comments


like joint passing

Dethtrasher
May 11th 2010


2211 Comments


SHKM is my only favourite album with Rob as vocalist. I will most likely pass on this one.

zaruyache
May 11th 2010


6412 Comments


I heard one of the songs they released early, and it sounded pretty good. Much better than anything off Exhibit A, anyway. I'll have to check this out soon, I need some more good thrash :-)

I will most likely pass on this one.

By name you are obligated to enjoy this.

Digging: CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

kount
May 11th 2010


1279 Comments


but he is a death trasher not a death thrasher

bigguy69
May 12th 2010


199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i cant imagine myself buying or liking this much

chrisggib
May 12th 2010


18 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its a vast improvement over the crap they called exhibit A eh

Zombicidal
May 12th 2010


15 Comments


I enjoyed SHKM quite a bit, but mostly disliked Exhibit A. Hope this will be better!

And, not to be harsh, but you have a terrible use of commas, punctuation, and capitals.

bigguy69
May 13th 2010


199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

4.1? i dont get it

TheyTookOurJobs
May 15th 2010


1318 Comments


cool as. im glad thrash in general is getting better.

Lunarcheese
May 29th 2010


33 Comments


This album is great, but 'Downfall' is definitely a different song by them. The intro and chorus, at least the instrumental portions, are so very akin to All That Remains, it's scary.

qwe3
June 2nd 2010


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is pretty good. so fucking long though holy shit

Phrike
June 2nd 2010


1691 Comments


does this sound like The Powerless Rise

Blindsided
June 5th 2010


1871 Comments


I interviewed Rob Dukes and he told the camera to that Megadeth, Slayer, Metallica and Testament should go fuck themselves for not inviting Exodus to be on the Big Four of Thrash tour.

Jesuslaves
June 7th 2010


4655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still haven't heard this and probably won't for a while.

I hope Grant's wrong.

LepreCon
June 7th 2010


4075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty kewl

Jesuslaves
June 7th 2010


4655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's what I like to hear. LeperCon knows his shit.

LepreCon
June 7th 2010


4075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It would probably be a 4.5 if it wasn't so damn long



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