Exhorder
Slaughter in the Vatican


4.5
superb

Review

by VisionsFromTheDarkSide USER (23 Reviews)
March 26th, 2012 | 32 replies | 2,393 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album which helped to kick-start the groove metal revolution, while staying true to its thrash roots at the same time.

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

1990 was perhaps the last year that bred many of thrash metal’s finest releases. The groove/nu metal revolution was really taking a hold of the metal scene after this year, with the likes of Megadeth and Metallica heading into dangerous pop/metal territory, Sepultura embracing the groove scene, and many other legendary thrash bands just simply stopped producing good albums. However there were still a few true thrash bands producing quality albums, such as Sadus and Demolition Hammer, but for the most part, thrash had dried up completely.

One band that fused groove metal with thrash metal was New Orleans band Exhorder. Exhorder are often compared to Pantera, but with a more thrash orientated sound, and we won’t find this more prevalent in any aspect of the band than the vocals. Vocalist Kyle Thomas sounds exactly like Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, but adopts a slightly more monotonous and up-tempo style, which really fits in with the music. He isn’t the best vocalist in the world but he gets the job done.

Just like most other thrash albums, Slaughter in the Vatican relies on the pure riffing power of guitarists Jay Ceravolo and Vinnie LaBella. The riffs on this album are some of the best to be showcased in the genre, and the thick production certainly helps them sound heavier. The solos are usually played at a typical break-neck speed, which is also not unlike the drumming, which, for the most part, utilizes double bass pedals to set the tempo of the songs.

Indeed, this is possibly one of the heaviest thrash metal albums to be made, and there is hardly any room for melody here. Perhaps it is fitting that the lyrics are very controversial and often blasphemous, gory and/or sadistic. One noticeable thing that I have picked up about this album is the ease of listening; you don’t need to be in a certain mood to listen to it, or set any kind of scene, or approach with an open mind. It’s the type of album that you can just listen to at any time and still find enjoyment. I believe this is largely down to the running time of the songs and the album itself; most songs are longer than five minutes, yet they never drag on or become boring. Pair this with the fact that there are only eight songs and the whole album comes to a total of around forty minutes, and it’s definitely a case of quality over quantity.

If there is one criticism I have for this album, it is the fact that there is little variation displayed throughout (although some songs such as Desecrator and The Tragic Period take a slower and slightly more groove-orientated stance), and some songs could perhaps do with more memorable solos or riffs. However, these factors do not detract much from the overall quality.

1990 saw many great or even legendary thrash metal released; Megadeth’s widely considered magnum opus Rust In Peace, Slayer’s Seasons in the Abyss, Kreator’s Coma of Souls, Annihilator’s Never, Neverland and Testament’s Souls of Black, as well as a hugely influential and pioneering groove album that was Cowboys From Hell by Pantera. Exhorder managed to fall in the middle of these two genres, and merged them together seamlessly to make Slaughter in the Vatican, a truly fantastic album, and recommended to all thrash/groove fans.



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KILL
March 26th 2012



70363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review but you forgot to mention how amazing the drums are omg

1 of the best thrash albums ever

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VisionsFromTheDarkSide
March 26th 2012



1767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"great review but you forgot to mention how amazing the drums are omg

1 of the best thrash albums ever"

Thanks man, yeah that's a good point actually, I rarely mention drums in an review because for me it's
all about the riffs, but yeah they kick ass in this

scissorlocked
March 26th 2012



3508 Comments


awesome album and amazing cover

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2012



18004 Comments


so gud

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VisionsFromTheDarkSide
March 26th 2012



1767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agree about the album cover, it was actually the main thing that drew me to the album, strangely

CaptainDooRight
March 26th 2012



28297 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good rev pos, awesome album

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2012



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this probably deserves higher than a 3.5 but i haven't listened to it in a while

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
March 26th 2012



1767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks bro m/

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
March 26th 2012



1767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Crysis have another listen, I think it should be 4 at least

bloc
March 26th 2012



34663 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So heavy

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2012



19908 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review for an awesome album, pos'd.

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
March 26th 2012



1767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man

jayfatha
March 26th 2012



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Rating is correct I pos'd

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
March 26th 2012



1767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers bro

KILL
March 26th 2012



70363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ending of exhorder is the heaviest moment in thrash

Funeralopolis
March 26th 2012



10986 Comments


fitting review pos

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VisionsFromTheDarkSide
March 26th 2012



1767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks bro

TheNotrap
March 27th 2012



7962 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"An album which helped to kick-start the groove metal revolution"
Indeed.

Nice review, have a pos.

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KILL
March 27th 2012



70363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you should review the law bro

CaptainDooRight
March 27th 2012



28297 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

albums so tits



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