Another Lesson in Violence



by Apocalyptic Raids USER (7 Reviews)
March 12th, 2006 | 18 replies

Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Exodus - Another Lesson In Violence (Century Media Records, 1997)

Exodus were one of the earliest and most legendary Thrash bands to arise out of the Bay-Area scene in San Fransisco.

The line-up on this album is:

Paul Baloff: Vocals
Gary Holt: Guitar
Rick Hunolt: Guitar
Jack Gibson: Bass
Tom Hunting: Percussion

This album, Exodus' second live album (the first being 1991's [i]Good Friendly Violent Fun) is my favourite Exodus album. This album was the product of Exodus' reunion in 1997 with 4/5ths of the line-up from their highly acclaimed debut, Bonded By Blood. The only member missing is original bassist Rob McKillop, who was replaced by current bassist Jack Gibson.

This album was recorded in at the Trocadero, in Exodus' home town San Francisco. It was the first show of their American reunion tour, and has a fantastic sound. The sound (handled by ex-Sabbat guitarist and renowned producer Andy Sneap) is very, very heavy, and all the instruments can be heard clearly. That is one of the finest qualities of this album. With other live albums (especially more modern ones) I repeatedly find that the album sounds like it has been tampered with too much in the studio, and consequently lose that live feeling. Megadeth's Rude Awakening is a perfect example.

The setlist for this album is near perfect, with it consisting of the entire Bonded By Blood album (minus Metal Command), along with three tracks from Pleasures Of The Flesh and one of Exodus' demo-era tracks, Impaler.

The highlight songs here for me are:

Bonded By Blood: with its fantastic main riff and classic chorus it really comes off well live.
Brain Dead, Pleasures Of The Flesh and Seeds Of Hate: The versions of these songs are the definitive versions of these classic Exodus tracks. The reason I group them together is because the album that these songs are from (Pleasures Of The Flesh) had awfully thin production, which really affected my enjoyment of them on the album. The heavy production here really gives these three songs a new life.

The band's playing here is absolutely flawless, which is impressive, since they apparently rehearsed only twice for the show, and the band were still addicted to speed at this point in time. The guitar work here is fantastic, with the H-Team delivering their solos note-for-note, and the riffage is heavy as fuck, as one should expect from Exodus. Jack Gibson's bass playing sticks faithfully to how Rob McKillop played these songs, which is following the guitars pretty much all the time. He does have a nice smooth bass tone though, which is particularly noticeable on Brain Dead and Pleasures Of The Flesh. Tom Hunting's drumming is also top-notch, and his drums sound absolutely insane. The kick drums sound thick and full, but still come through very clear, as does the snare.

Paul Baloff's performance is great, his vocals are spot on and his comments in-between the songs are hilarious. Things such as "I'd like the thank Gary, Tom, Jack and Rick for letting me be so heavy" and "This one's older than shit and heavier than time; this one's called Impaler!" It sounds cheesy in words, but is great on the album, and really makes you feel as if you were there. There is also a guest performance from Robb Flynn on A Lesson In Violence, which I guess is cool if you're a Machine Head fan. You can't actually hear another guitar in the mix, so for the rest of us it doesn't matter. I didn't actually know until I read about it.

The only complaint I can think of is that Metal Command was absent and the setlist doesn't cover any of Exodus' material after 1986, but I'm really nitpicking here, since I feel that Metal Command would not have worked quite as well with the comparatively modern-sound of this album compared to Bonded By Blood and Paul Baloff didn’t do vocals any Exodus material after [b]Bonded By Blood[b]. They do perform three songs off Pleasures Of The Flesh, but Baloff wrote the lyrics for these tracks, and you can hear him singing them on the demo Exodus did in 1986.

And there we have it folks, what I consider the best live metal album ever and my first Sputnik review.:) I highly recommend this to anyone remotely interested in Thrash Metal, and this was actually a completely blind purchase for me. I had only heard one Exodus track, and I had heard good things about this album. Now I love it to death.

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Apocalyptic Raids
March 12th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0


the apostrophes didn't copy from word properly

March 12th 2006


You can edit your review so that everything looks better if you like.

March 12th 2006


Looks great, I'll edit out the apostrophes in a second.

Great first review, nice to see you reviewing!

Apocalyptic Raids
March 12th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

thanks morrissey

March 12th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Good album and a great review for it. I prefer this album over all of Exodus' other releases, but I like other thrash albums better. Also glad to see you reviewing, Jono.

March 12th 2006


I never could get into exodus.
Great Review BTW

south_of_heaven 11
March 17th 2006


good review...i need to find this somehow...i am sad to say i have never heard any exodus material with paul baloff on it...pathetic, i know...This Message Edited On 03.17.06

Apocalyptic Raids
March 17th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0


It shouldn't be to hard to find. Century Media are a fairly big label.

July 1st 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Great review! I have not heard anything from this album but Exodus rocks m/This Message Edited On 07.28.06

October 3rd 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Paul Baloff really sucks. Exodus rocks enough to make up for him though, and I liked this album. Thank god Pauuls' dead. Wouldn't wish death on anyone, but if that's what it took. Has anyone heard their new vocalist?

Apocalyptic Raids
April 1st 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

the new vocalist is okay.

April 2nd 2007


He makes them sound almost kinda like a metalcore band. Not quite, but still. Hes not as good as the rest.

October 15th 2015


Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

How this has received so few comments over all this time, I honestly can't fathom. So damn good.

February 3rd 2016


Album Rating: 5.0


February 3rd 2016


Never jammed hmm

February 4th 2016


Album Rating: 5.0

(nearly) as good as the original.

October 8th 2016


Album Rating: 5.0

Best live metal record ever of the best thrash debut ever (plus extra goodies from the underrated PoTF). Steve-era may be the best form of the band, but Paul-era(s) is home to their best album and live album period.

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