JUSTIN’S METAL REVIEWS W/C 10/5/10
EXODUS / EXHIBIT B: THE HUMAN CONDITION
Its been 25 years this year since Exodus unleashed their Thrash Metal to the fans 10 studio albums down the line and they are still going strong, so have they mellowed with age, not bloody likely, in fact they are more filled with anger and frustration they ever, this is so good to my ears its better than the last Metallica album.
The pure ferocity of the Thrash filled guitar riffs is totally awe
inspiring throughout this CD and its only matched by the intense rhythms and
the angst filled, political and social commentary that comes out in the lyrics,
just check out “Namking” a song about brutal atrocity that took place during
World War II or the topical “Class Dismissed” where the subject is the
slaughter that took place in 2008 on a University Campus, not forgetting the
nine minute epic that is “The Sun Is My Destroyer”, the jewel in the crown on
this album. Every track on this album is totally awesome, the shorter,
more intense “Downfall” or “Burn,
To my mind Exodus have always bee the underdog to Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth but this CD proves that they are one hell of a force to be reckoned with, do yourself a big favour and buy this fantastic CD NOW, if not you are going to regret if very soon, I know where you are.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 79 minutes + 13 BLISTERING TRACKS
SASQUATCH / III
If you like your Stoner Metal full of hook filled, groove laden guitar riffs that just don’t know when to quite, then this new CD from Sasquatch is the fix you’ve been looking for and that’s a fact.
If you haven’t heard of the band before think Monster Magnet mixed with mid period Kyuss and you get the picture, the first 3 tracks show you that the band mean business with all of then being really good and “Complicated” being my favourite, when we get to “Pull Me Under” the pace is slowed down a touch and this blues soaked number is like quicksand, it pulls you in so slowly that by the time you realise what’s happened, its too late, “Queen” has a similar feel but more regal in its delivery. The track “New Disease” has a great acoustic start to it before growing into a monster and speaking of monsters, you have to hear “Leave It Up To You” a real winner if ever I heard one.
This is the best Stoner Rock CD of 2010 so far and once again Small Stone have not let me down, if you don’t normally listen to this sort of Metal then check this out you wont be disappointed but if you’ve listened to any of my HFM or Pipeline shows you will have already heard a track, essential buy, easily album of the week.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 56 mins + 12 TRACKS