Exodus
Fabulous Disaster


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew Buckley USER (16 Reviews)
June 18th, 2010 | 305 replies


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Big Four of thrash are fun and all, but still...

...what about those thrashers who have fallen through the cracks over the years? Like Exodus? While not all of their albums have been successful music-wise, which definitely applies to their first two (Paul Baloff's irritating vocals really hurt Bonded, the songwriting on Pleasures is underwhelming, and both had too-weak productions), Ex finally got it all right on Fabulous Disaster, creating a very satisfying, very underrated slab of thrash.

While "The Last Act Of Defiance" makes for a disappointing album opener, with a too-long spoken-word intro and songwriting that never really hooks, Disaster hits its stride on the subsequent title track, with sharper, catchier riffing, greater songwriting intensity, and relentless momentum kept up all throughout. Then we get the irresistibly infectious "The Toxic Waltz", perhaps the finest ode to the pit ever recorded, and an Exodus-fied cover of "Low Rider", which, though it lacks the laid-back cool of the original, still manages to satisfy due to its sheer novelty, especially in hearing Steve Souza sing it in that gnarled-up. Bon Scott-ish voice of his.

After that, besides the lukewarm "Open Season", every remaining song on Disaster satisfies, giving us plenty of rowdy gang vocals, energetic songwriting, and headbangable riffs galore, the last of which is aided greatly by that unique, "barbed" sort of guitar sound that has become Exodus's signature, and which finally received the proper strength here, having been too weak on the previous albums. On certain tracks here, the band also shows a surprising amount of creativity, like the gradually de-tuning, all-cymbals beginning of "Corruption", the swampy, ominous intro of "Cajun Hell", complete with croaking frogs, a lazy banjo, and harmonica-playing, and the choice to cover AC/DC's "Overdose" for the final track, a decision that works surprisingly well here; I'm sure that's mostly just due to how much Souza sounds like Scott, but I digress...

All throughout, Disaster maintains a very nice balance between speed and catchiness, as well as a nice balance between dark and light; yeah, you have heavy songs (lyrics-wise) like "Corruption", which is about a society in need of a serious cleansing, but there's also the more playful cuts like the covers, or "Toxic Waltz", where it's simply about how much damn fun it is to mosh. And yeah, while Steve Souza's voice isn't the most pleasant in the world (I really could do without his occasional shrieks), he still works for the album's take-no-s hit sort of attitude. In the end, while Fabulous Disaster is nothing too amazing, it's still a very enjoyable, very well-executed, and very under-appreciated thrasher, so please, don't pass this by.



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other reviews of this album
Drew Tyler (4)
Exodus's defining album with Steve Souza and one of their best works to date....

sonictheplumber STAFF (5)
Fabulous Disaster is an overlooked masterpiece that every thrasher will love....

Dethtrasher (4)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Helvete
June 18th 2010


1354 Comments


good review. Exodus are alright, but i dont really listen to thrash anymore

KILL
June 18th 2010


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good best exodus album

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LepreCon
June 18th 2010


4093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Definitely their best

Jesuslaves
June 18th 2010


4655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good but definitely not their best.

KILL
June 18th 2010


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hush you

Helvete
June 18th 2010


1354 Comments


lol tempo of the damned is not their best

Dethtrasher
June 18th 2010


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man I love The Toxic Waltz.

KILL
June 18th 2010


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

who doesnt!

HenchmanOfSanta
September 14th 2010


1866 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Paul Baloff doesn't hinder Bonded By Blood. He's what makes it the amazing album that it is.

KILL
February 27th 2011


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed

DoubtGin
March 5th 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thrashin' hard

KILL
March 5th 2011


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

top 1

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2011


20676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This thrashes so hard

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LepreCon
April 27th 2011


4093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy fuck but Pleasures of the Flesh is so fucking good as well OMG

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2011


20676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haven't heard Pleasures of the Flesh yet, I'll get on that.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2011


20676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WALTZ IT UP, THE PIT IS IT!

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 9th 2011


20676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Been thrashing so hard to this lately.

KILL
May 9th 2011


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

PLEASE DADDY NO MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE

qwe3
May 9th 2011


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

such a KILL

KILL
May 9th 2011


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

such a QWE



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