Exhorder
The Law


3.5
great

Review

by VisionsFromTheDarkSide USER (21 Reviews)
March 31st, 2012 | 26 replies | 3,067 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid release, to be enjoyed by many metal enthusiasts, but a significant step down from their debut

2 of 4 thought this review was well written

Groove metal has been a hugely popular subgenre of heavy metal, especially in quite recent years after witnessing (or for some people, ‘putting up with’ would be a better term to use) the surge of the NWOAHM. Many people cite bands like Machine Head, Pantera and Fear Factory as the pioneering bands of the genre. However, one relatively overlooked band in the emergence of the genre is Exhorder. Exhorder, along with bands such as Sepultura, Destruction and Overkill, are a band that started off primarily as a thrash metal act, and then started to venture more into groove metal territories. ‘The Law’ was the album that saw this transition take place (and their last album, at that).

When compared to their debut ‘Slaughter in the Vatican’, one of the first noticeable stylistic changes is the near abandonment of the ‘full-on-thrash’ approach Exhorder previously displayed. Instead, songs take a slower and more groove orientated stance. The riffs here are no where near as fast as on the previous album, although this does allow room for some memorable riffs. In turn, this means that the drums, although still excellent, aren’t as crushing as on SIV.
The Law even experiments with some acoustics at times, such as in opening track ‘Soul Search Me’ and the furious assault of ‘The Truth’. Although this sounds a little odd, they manage to fit in with music and don’t seem to out of place. However, the first (and possibly main) problem with The Law is within the guitar field; the production. The electric guitars seem to have been produced in order to make the guitars sound thick and heavy, and although this is achieved, it also produces an annoying ‘fuzzy’ type of sound, which can leave the listener irritated after listening to the whole of the album.

As previously mentioned, the drums aren’t anywhere near as fast as what Exhorder were renowned for after the release of Slaughter in the Vatican, although this isn’t a negative, as it is not a necessity for them to be so fast; they work fine just the way they are on this album. The bass is surprisingly quite high in the mix in The Law too, especially in the intro of Un-Born Again, where the bass line is not only audible, but great in quality too. As for the vocals, Kyle Thomas sounds more like Phil Anselmo of Pantera than ever, perhaps almost matching the attitude that Mr. Anselmo possesses too.

All in all, this album saw Exhorder as the groove metal band that they had always hinted at during Slaughter in the Vatican, and as a result adopted a more slow and down tempo approach, which is perhaps summed up with their decent cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Into the Void’. This means that overall, while still a great album and definitely one to have in your record collection if you are groove metal fan, this album is a step down from their aforementioned debut. Whereas their debut hit the listener hard with the onslaught of the pounding double bass drum and brutality of the guitar riffs, this album doesn’t quite strike the same chord.



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CaptainDooRight
March 30th 2012



26432 Comments


m/etal enthusiast

Digging: Deniro Farrar - The Patriarch II

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
March 30th 2012



1674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Didn't bother proof reading this before submitting so I'll have to do it now

Digging: Sport - Bon Voyage

KILL
March 30th 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good read bro great shit but yea its no slaughter

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
March 30th 2012



1674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers man but yeah no slaughter rapes all, sabbath cover was pretty sweet though

eggsvonsatan
March 30th 2012



1087 Comments


I AM THE LAW!!!!!
Thanks for reviewing this.

eggsvonsatan
March 30th 2012



1087 Comments


I AM THE LAW!!!!!
Thanks for reviewing this.

TheNotrap
March 31st 2012



7818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Their debut is better but this is also good.

These guys deserved far more recognition.
Have a pos.

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
March 31st 2012



1674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks bro, yeah completely agree, this is still worth listening to and I'd even buy the CD if I had the money, but it's no where near as good as Slaughter

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 31st 2012



18200 Comments


Good review. I've only heard a few songs off of this, I need to listen to the whole album.

Digging: Benoit Pioulard - Hymnal Remixes

thumbcrusher
March 31st 2012



3546 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album isn't bad but the other one is much better

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
March 31st 2012



1674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Good review. I've only heard a few songs off of this, I need to listen to the whole album."

Cheers bro, yeah it's worth a listen

jayfatha
March 31st 2012



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea Slaughter is better but this rips face too, pos'd

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
March 31st 2012



1674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man

KjSwantko
November 8th 2012



8721 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

How have I still never heard this? A true dumbass I am.

*goes to filestube*

KILL
November 8th 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gr00v3

KjSwantko
November 8th 2012



8721 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album sounds like shit compared to Slaughter. Production-wise.

KILL
November 8th 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

everythings worse yea

KjSwantko
November 8th 2012



8721 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Disappointed the fuck out of me, yeah.

DreamingWithTheDead
June 16th 2013



195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this for different reasons to 'Slaughter In The Vatican', it does not feel like a step down, just a small change in direction.

KILL
June 16th 2013



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

huge step down agreed



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