Posts Tagged ‘Exodus’

Gary Holt and Slayer….

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Man, I got wind of this last night. Gary Holt has been brought on board for Slayer’s Australian five date tour. Gary is temporarily  filling in for Jeff Hanneman on guitar, as Jeff is recuperating after some recent major surgery. As much as I love Jeff on guitar in Slayer, seeing Gary thrashing away next to Tom Araya will be a spectacle to behold. I love Slayer and Exodus both equally, so this pairing is a match made in heaven for me. I would love to see this line up in North America, but that ain’t gonna happen by a long shot. Time to crank some Fabulous Disaster.

 

Exodus at the Rickshaw….

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I was on the fence about going to see Exodus at the Rickshaw Theater tomorrow, as I have seen them a few times already. After viewing some footage from their blistering set at Wacken 2008, how can I not go. Gary Holt and Rob Dukes are a brute force on record, and to witness them in a live setting, is a spectacle in itself. Gary’s guitar tone is mammoth, and Rob has this voice that could move mountains (he even looks like a mountain!).

You gotta hand it to the original San Fran thrash kings, as 25 years later, they are still putting out quality material. The new stuff for me is just as, if not more superior all the way around in terms of song writing and sonics. The last three albums Exodus has put out is some of their best work. Plus, the new school Thrash merchants Bonded By Blood are opening the show, so all the more reason to not sit at home.

Anyways, check out Exodus playing my favorite song of theirs “Black List” in front of 30,000 German metal heads and tell me different.

 

The mood on the block….

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The good stuff at Heavy Street:

The Predators movie, Tool concert I witnessed this past Saturday, Starbucks frappachino mocha’s, my wife’s mind blowing cooking, the new M.I.A album, watching old WWF vignettes of 80′s wrestlers on Youtube, True Blood season 2 dvd, Merauder, Wu Tang Clan, Bad Brains, Exodus, old Venom, my five year old niece Jemma, The Bloc Party remix album, organic Root Beer, farmers markets.

The bad stuff at Heavy Street: People who get in your face on the street, and at work to tell you “smile!”, Imbeciles who want money from you for fictitious charities, Coffey and cigarette breath, B.O., violent crackheads, girls that walk the streets of Vancouver that look like they just finished sucking on a lemon, my H&M sweaters that fall apart after one wash cycle, Facebook, purchasing bad fruit, paying $8 for a mediocre sandwich from the deli, the new Ozzy Osbourne album, people who base their mood on weather.

 

Toxic Holocaust with a side of fries….

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Still not tired yet of these Portland misfits. Although I do wish they would get off the road already and put a new album out, as I have worn out my copy of An Overdose Of Death. For those of you who yearn for the days of mid 80′s thrash, you will love everything about this band. Toxic Holocaust are a three piece band headed by main man, and Vince Neil-circa ’83 look alike Joel Grind. They’ve been around for awhile, but only achieved notoriety in the last couple of years by touring relentlessly.

Toxic put out raw, fast, thrash like no other trends have happened over the last 20 years in metal. If you love post apocalyptic lyrics where the toxic avenger saves the day, then this will be right up your alley. I have seen Toxic Holocaust four times last year, and still cant get enough of them live. Highly recommended for any old school Exodus, Whiplash, or Dark Angel fans. The boys are presently doing some dates with Danzig in the US, so if you still for whatever reason have not seen them yet, do it.

 

Exodus – Exhibit B: The Human Condition

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Exodus – Exhibit B: The Human Condition

Exodus continue marching the  thrash metal path as the true leaders, proven with their new album Exhibit B: The Human Condition. Gary Holt and the boys have done it again by delivering another batch of solid, pure thrash songs to run in a circle with. Exodus since 2004 are on a role, as every album from Tempo Of The Damned on down has been a solid effort.

The songs are not contained in short bursts. Instead the grooves that are locked in are allowed to breath, and flow. Case in point being “Beyond The Pale”, it takes a back seat for a bit, and then goes straight into headbanging thrashdom. Same goes with my new fave Exodus track “The Sun Is My Destroyer”, this song is now the standard upon which other bands will have to match. Another track, “March of The Sycophants” could have easily been off Fabulous Disaster, as it rides the mid-tempo thrash groove that only Exodus can truly pull off. If you’re looking for songs that charter new territory, you’re in the wrong place. Exhibit B is just pure Bay Area thrash circa 1986.

 

Body Count – Cop Killer

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Body Count – Cop Killer

There comes a record once in a lifetime that defies all expectations. In my lifetime, it’s the Cop Killer album by Body Count. I bought this record at the tender age of 18 and I’ve never been the same person since. Back then for me, this was like St. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Wall, or Physical Graffiti from the ghetto.

 

Exodus – Tempo of The Damned

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Exodus – Tempo of The Damned

Exodus as I have mentioned before were one of the most underrated bands in the eighties thrash scene. They always say the “big four” …well to me it  was always the “big five”. If any thrash band out there has been the most consistent, it’s gottta be Exodus. How they still create thrash metal albums more ferocious and solid then what they put out in the first part of their career in the eighties I will never know.