Exhorder
Slaughter in the Vatican


4.5
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by xXxPyromaniacxXx USER (2 Reviews)
November 16th, 2006 | 218 replies | 16,435 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Arguably the heaviest album of all-time and incredibly intense as well. Thrash Metal bordering on Death Metal. Shouting vocals that sort of sing. Sort of similar how Tom Araya (Slayer) 'half-sings' (Not that this guys voice sounds anything like Tom Ara

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INTRO
One of the heaviest albums of all-time. As a metal cd collector, i am yet to here anything that can fairly be dubbed 'heavier'. This is thrash so heavy that even death metal fans will be likely to enjoy it. The intensity of this cd also deserves an honorable mention. Few albums can blow you away to the extent that this one can.

GUITAR
Guitar solo's don't feel like an imporant feature and are average yet played quite fast. Not a very diverse album. From memory, there is not a single high pitched melodic riff. It is all virtually chords played very quickly. The wammy bar/trembolo is used a little which is only a good thing as diversity on this disc is almost non-existant. Virtually all the heavy riffs have a groovy sound which create a good melody. People often mistake melody for just being higher pitched notes played together and perhaps in some styles of music that is even true, but here melody is created in the structure of the heavy riffing, not high pitched riffing. Many will refer to this 'Groove-thrash'.

DRUMS
i'm not a drummer. But i have heard countless numbers of thrash/death albums to know more than your average joe, thats for sure. Double bass drumming (Naturally). The drums help generate the truly intense and relentless feel of this album immensly. I have no idea how talented the guy is as i don't play, but he definetly does his job here. There are a few moments where he appears to be inaccurate and miss the timing. Luckily, this doesn't hamper things too much and will probably take a lot of listens before you notice anyway.

VOCALS
Thrash style shouting vocals that sort of sing. To some he will probably sound silly from time to time. I personally don't love or hate the vocals. They just sort of do the job. He has a boasting style of shouting which is perhaps what makes it sound like sometimes he's singing.

SUMMARY
Although this album is by no means perfect, it's the incredible intense/heavy sound that gives this album it's place. It will take many spins to grow familiar with most of these tracks making it something worth holding on too. All fans of heavy music be it thrash or death should hear this. Find me a heavier disc, i bet you can't!


FAVOURITE TRACKS
all of them are good. I have alot more 'favourite moments' than favourite tracks. I guess the intro track has a slight edge of the others due to the creepy intro which i really like. One of my favourite haunting intro's. (No match for Slayers 'Hell Awaits' of course!)

PROGRESSION
Exhorders second and final album 'The Law' is somewhat satisfactory. You can buy the two together. Some may say that it is actually over-produced. Intensity is lost here a bit and things have gotten a bit experimental. Although i would have thought this could only be good following an album with almost no diversity at all, it doesn't hold a candle to this one and may even appeal to a slightly different audience.

SUGGESTIONS
For greater intensity/speed of the suggested reviews, seek 'Incubus'. Their debut is also impressive though more death metal. The guitar solo's are sooo fast that It wouldn't suprise me if the guys fingers suddenly dropped off oneday. Devastations 'Idolatry' is very similar, though less intense. The production being nicer & clearer for all the instruments and one of my all-time favourite albums. That album is crazily heavy too. Dark Angel's 'Darkness Descends' is a classic thrash album and very similar though less groove orientated. Demolition Hammers 'Epidemic of Violence' is new to my collection though it is definetly in a similar vein to Exhorder. The guitar solo's appear more impressive on this one. Although too early to fairly say, i think this one might be the closest album to Exhorder's that i've yet heard.


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Dethtrasher
November 20th 2006



2211 Comments


I hate reviews without comments :p
Good first review actually, good enough to make me want to check out these guys.

Jondur
November 22nd 2006



92 Comments


Exhorder are ace! Check em out to see where Phil Anselmo nicked his vocal style from.

Classic album - proper tough-guy metal!

south_of_heaven 11
September 25th 2007



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening to this right now...it's pretty awesome.

Thor
September 25th 2007



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty hilarious album name.

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

south_of_heaven 11
September 25th 2007



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty frickin' awesome album name you mean!

HeadCharge123
July 6th 2008



475 Comments


This is one of my favourite all out thrash albums.

myhigherpie
November 16th 2008



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

listening to this now. Pretty good.

KYZAR
February 22nd 2009



513 Comments


Good review, any ways yea i will probably get this some time, major fan of hardcore thrash.

Possessed
May 28th 2009



37 Comments


this is by no means the heaviest album of all times anyway the album and band are awesome best track legions of death some of you might know this some not but the band has reunited and are recording a new album it's gonna be released this year

Thrasher86
July 20th 2009



181 Comments


I can find something heavier, listen to Morbid Saint. Assasin, check back to me.

VTK
October 14th 2009



76 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is so good. The rawness in particular stands out. I can't listen to this without getting a headache within ten minutes, but it's well worth it.

KILL3
October 31st 2009



601 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

AHHHHHHHHHHH so fuckin gd

shindip
January 1st 2010



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

badass album cover

KILL
February 6th 2010



67191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so yea playing this atm, lifes good

KILL
October 30th 2010



67191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

calling all faggots (jane doe fags) listen to this album its better

KILL3
November 21st 2010



601 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

agreed

Pyosisified
November 21st 2010



2450 Comments


lol

KILL3
November 21st 2010



601 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

4:26 onwards of exhorder is one of the best moments in thrash ever

KILL3
November 27th 2010



601 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

EVER

Mordecai.
November 27th 2010



8257 Comments


this is good thrash



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