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Exodus – Tempo of the Damned

Label: Nuclear Blast
Format: CD
Released: 2004
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

Holt, Huntington, Souza, and Hunolt! Exodus obviously have returned with their classic thrashy mayhem with the opener “Scar Spangled Banner” and “War is My Shepherd”. I have been looking forward to this particular regrouping of a band from the 80’s and they have not lost their edge over their many year absence. “Blacklist” continues the pounding, with a mid tempo, crunchy riffery and what they are so great at, a barrage of chaotic guitar solos.
The demonic piano player that adores the cover artwork sets the tempo for the disc, with blood dripping organ pipes to the mangled bodies in the pit, you will not be disappointed.

Steve Souza on voc still spews fire and bite with each word keeping the aggression fueled with equally aggressive words. “Forward March” has an arrangement reminiscent of something from “Impact is Imminent” and a little touch of a more modern bounce to it. One or two tracks may seem like filler to some but nothing that terrible, a strong return.

An old tune “Impaler” from the Kirk Hammett days gets a treatment, which can also be found on “Another Lesson In Violence”(Live album) with Paul Baloff on vocals. Things are finished off with the title track, very hard and fast with more nutty guitar soloing.

Digipack includes a great cover of “Dirty Deads” by AC/DC.
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