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Exodus - The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A (2007)

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1. A Call To Arms
2. Riot Act
3. Funeral Hymn
4. Children Of A Worthless God
5. As It Was, As It Soon Shall Be play
6. The Atrocity Exhibition
7. Iconoclasm
8. The Garden Of Bleeding play
9. Bedlam 123 10. Banjoed By Blood

Band Line-Up
Rob Dukes - Vocals
Gary Holt - Guitars
Lee Altus - Guitars
Jack Gibson - Bass
Tom Hunting – Drums

 

Do we really need to discuss whether musicians have the right to modify the style of their music? It is not forbidden by law and anything else is a matter of personal taste. There is only one small restriction. We, the fans, are the backbone of the scene and none of us started to listen to non-conform bands only to see how they get more and more commercial. Having said that, I do not see a reason to condemn Exodus for the songs on the here presented album. They do not exactly follow genuine thrash patterns, but they definitely cannot be blamed for sounding commercial. This does not mean that each and every track attracts my interest. The meaningless "As It Was, as It Soon Shall Be" is obviously written by Mr. No-Idea and Doc Superfluous and seems to be the late American answer to the terrible "The Nothing Song" (the name says it all) of Grinder, a German thrash battalion of the mid/late eighties. But some other tracks do not hesitate to crush your skull and they can rely on the extremely brutal production. This sound comes as no surprise, because Andy Sneap was responsible for the engineering and he is, from my point of view, the present grand master of thrash metal productions - together with Waldemar Sorychta, of course.

The violent mix emphasises the best moments of the songs. Its robotic precision, its cynical coldness and its contemptuous harshness offer the right surrounding for the bone-dry snare drum and the devastating belligerence of the guitars. The effective riffs of "Funeral Hymn", for instance, shine in full glory while benefitting from the brutal sound. Inter alia due to the ominous guitar work at its beginning and because of its interesting composition pattern, the song belongs to the brightest shining stars of the album. The following "Children of a Worthless God" is definitely no less exciting. Rob Dukes doesn't mince his words. "Follow us blindly or die like a dog / Blood mixed with sand for this holy war / Your savior' s a killer, you die for Allah / You are all children of a worthless God" - I really don't know whether the 72 virgins like this kind of lyrics, but Dukes seems to be of the opinion that subtle nuances are just irksome. Needless to say that he contributes to the infernal overall appearance in a prominent position. He has decided to play the part of the unfriendly asshole and he does it very convincingly. Honestly speaking, I am not surprised that he fully identifies with this role.

Leaving these great pieces out of account, I am sorry to inform you that the remaining tracks cannot cause the same impact. The title track, for example, is a good song, but why was it necessary to design it with a length of more than ten minutes? Apart from its excessive configuration, it provides triumphant riffing after 7:40 minutes. The guitar emerges from the brutal chaos and scores with sharp and dynamic catchiness. A brilliant part, but unfortunately embedded in a less excellent song. "The Garden of Bleeding" also cannot claim a top position in the ranking of the band's elaborations. It comes as the epitome of sonic gruffness, no more, no less. Anyway, it makes no sense to browse through each and every song. I have already mentioned the nadir of the album in the first and its highlights in the second paragraph. All other tracks have their moments while lacking from excessiveness or suffering from a mild form of compositional inability. The band is not able to exploit its strengths in a completely convincing manner. No doubt, their debut will remain unrivalled eternally, but the here presented exhibition with its fairly modern grasp of thrash shows a slightly worrying performance level. ---Felix 1666, metal-archives.com

 

 

Do trzech razy sztuka? Zapomnijcie. Trzeci album od czasu powrotu na scenę i po raz trzeci słuchacz jest rozdeptany jak robak. Oto kolejna niesamowita dawka brutalnego thrashu z Bay Area.

Tempo pracy jakie narzucił sobie Exodus jest ryzykowne. Osobiście to odczułem. Mimo, że od pierwszego przesłuchania nie miałem wątpliwości, że album jest udany, to w pełni doceniłem go wiele miesięcy później. Dał znać o sobie lekki przesyt ich muzyką.

The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A jest dziełem w dobrze znanym już stylu, ale zawierający pewne nowe elementy. Na początek intro Call of Arms przypominające styl Iron Maiden. Jeśli ktoś nie czuje tego klimatu to informuję, że już Riot Act rozwiewa wątpliwości. Kawałek jest soczyście thrashowy. Problem w tym, że brzmi wtórnie i niezbyt atrakcyjnie. Irytuje szczególnie główny riff, który powtarza się do znudzenia. Mnie serce zaczyna szybciej bić przy Funeral Hymn. To już przeszło osiem minut wściekłego grania najwyższych lotów.

Długość utworów to jedna z tych rzeczy na którą szybko zwraca się uwagę. Tym razem Gary Holt z zespołem postanowili nadać muzyce bardziej złożony wymiar. Zabieg ciekawy, ale czasem męczący (Bedlam 1-2-3). Na szczęście najdłuższy na płycie utwór (tytułowy - ponad 10 minut) wykorzystuje swój czas w stu procentach. Jedną z najciekawszych propozycji albumu jest Children of a Worthless God. Kapitalny, klimatyczny wstęp przechodzi tutaj w opętańczą galopadę z wrzaskliwym Dukesem na przedzie. Niby typowy Exodus. Zaskakuje dopiero refren, gdzie po raz pierwszy i jedyny mamy okazję posłuchać jak Rob Dukes śpiewa. Efekt? Brzmi to trochę jak Mastodon. Brzmi to GENIALNIE! Ubolewam, że odważniej z tego patentu nie skorzystali.

Trzeba wprost powiedzieć. Riffy i pomysły na utwory wciąż masowo wysypują się z rękawów Holta (w jednym by się nie pomieściły, hehe), ale progres muzyczny zespołu jest zbyt powolny, aby słuchaniu tej płyty towarzyszyły podobne emocje jak przy wcześniejszych albumach. The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A to dzieło bardzo interesujące, acz trochę ustępujące dwóm poprzednim. ---Paweł Chmielowiec, rockers.com.pl

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