Founded and named by guitar phenom, Kirk
Hammett, in 1980
. These early progenitors of Bay Area
Thrash have encountered many setbacks in their rise to stardom. Such as long vacations in rehab centers and numerous lineup changes. Most notable among those was when Kirk
Hammett ditched the band to join Metallica
, in 1983. His guitar skills were a great fit with that band and he enjoyed immediate success. However, in recent years, Metallica
has been putting out kiss ass albums. While Exodus
has been putting out kick ass albums.
Exhibit B: the Human Condition
is a sequel album to their 2007 release, The Atrocity Exhibition...Exhibit A
. The album art looks like a dark spin off of Leonardo Da Vinci
's work, The Vitruvian Man. It depicts a skeleton, instead of a man. There are weapons in most of his hands and a suicide bomb strapped to his waist. This album debuted at #114 on the Billboard 200 chart.
This is their meanest album yet, with a very hateful and misanthropic attitude. The Ballad
Of Leonard And
Charles is about the tag team of serial killers; Leonard Lake
and Charles Ng, whose unusual methods were dicovered 110 miles east of San Francisco in 1985. The song is hardly a ballad, it's a violent thrasher. Class Dismissed (A Hate
Primer) is about a university massacre. Nanking is about how Japanese soldiers brutally massacred 200,000 civilians in a Chinese city in 1937.
Every song is very harsh and ugly. Most of these songs are blazing fast. It's a long album, many of the songs are about 7 minutes long. There is a lot of shredding, killer breakdowns, and blast beats. They make great use of the bass, with crunchy melodies. Most of these songs were written by Gary Holt, who hasn't lost his poison pen, after all of these years with the band. I can't compare this music with any band other than Exodus
. They have a very original style. This is an outstanding album and a good candidate for album of the year.
These guys have been busier than bees in a soda can, with their lengthy touring schedule. At their gig that I saw last March, vocalist Rob Dukes told us that their new album would be their darkest and most brutal one yet. He wasn't bullshitting. Exhibit B: the Human Condition
will beat the fuck out of you. Then when the album is over, you'll want to hit the replay button, to take it on for another bout. Buy this one, you need it!