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728For this week’s album of the week, I wanted to cover an album by a band who if there was ever a conversation on expanding the Big Four to the Big Five, Exodus would be the band that could argue for that. Exodus is one of the more underrated bands to come out of the Bay Area Thrash Metal Scene who at one time featured Kirk Hammett of Metallica in the band before he left for Metallica. The album that we are covering for today is the band’s debut record Bonded By Blood which was supposed to be released in 1984, but due to issues with their label, it didn’t see the light of day until April 25, 1985. The album featured Paul Baloff (Lead Vocals) in his only album appearance, Gary Holt (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), Rick Hunolt (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), Rob McKillop (Bass), and Tom Hunting (Drums). It is often believed that because of the delay in the release of the album, that it sounded outdated due to how much further the other bands in the scene had gone especially Metallica whose 1984 album Ride The Lightning featured a guitar riff that originally belonged to Exodus. The track I am talking about is Trapped Under Ice which featured the main riff from an Exodus track called Impaler.

exodus 21. Bonded By Blood– An amazing thrash anthem that kicks off the album which explores the bond that the band feels with it’s fans during live shows. 5/5

2. Exodus– Every band in that era had a song that was named after their band and this track features some pretty intense lyrics to go along with the all out metal assault. Just be aware of the Exodus attack when it comes to your town. 4.5/5

3. And Then There Were None– You have to imagine when this song was written that there was still a fear of nuclear war and all the cold war, 1984 stuff going around. The riff of this track competes with the best of them that were out there at the time. 5/5

4. A Lesson In Violence– The track opens with some laser fast, face melting guitar riffs that drive the song forward and the lyrics of the track are only emphasized by the amazing vocals of Baloff who you believe is pissed off just by listening. 5/5

5. Metal Command– Another thrash classic from the band that is a war cry for all those who believe in Metal and are willing to battle all those who oppose us. 5/5

exodus 36. Piranha– An absolute headbanger that could be a metaphor for the music scene or metal in genre. A warning not to mess with Metal heads or they’ll eat you alive. 4/5

7. No Love– The track starts with some clean acoustic guitars before the most evil and amazing guitar riff takes right over. Not sure exactly what he was talking about with the lyrics, but it’s subject matter lies in the dark occult. 4.5/5

8. Deliver Us To Evil– Another track on the album that deals with dark subject matter, but it has a killer riff that will have you headbanging and playing air guitar in no time. 4.5/5

9. Strike Of The Beast– The last track on the album that has that lightning quick playing from Holt and Hunolt in a track that is about fighting off the temptations of the beast. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– A truly amazing album from an underrated band, but you can definitely see in this record that they were definitely influenced by Venom or at least they were on the same wave length. I’ve seen these things happen when a label holds up a release and it jeopardizes everything the band worked for. It’s a shame that it happens, but what are you going to do? The band was in my Pedal To The Metal Tournament this year and they did pretty well for themselves. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

repentless coverAs promised after the Monster Entertainment Awards, I told you that I was going to review the albums that won. The only problem with some of the records is that I have already reviewed them like the album of the year and so on. This week I am reviewing the record that won the Heavy Ass Metal Album Of The Year which was Repentless by Slayer. Their were a lot of questions heading into the release of this album because it was the first Slayer album to not be written or feature longtime member Jeff Hanneman due to the fact that he passed away in 2013. It was also the first Slayer record since 2001’s God Hates Us All to not feature Dave Lombardo on drums. The album featured the return of original Lombardo replacement drummer Paul Bostaph (his last album was God Hates Us All) and it was the first record to feature guitarist Gary Holt. Kerry King (Guitar) and Tom Araya (Vocals/Bass) were back once again on the album. The band’s 12TH album was received pretty well by fans and critics alike as it peaked on The Billboard 200 at number four. The album also cracked the top five in 10 different countries with it going number one in Germany, number two on the Dutch Carts, and Number two in Poland.

Repentless CD1. Delusions of Saviour– An intro track tot he album that gets things started 4/5

2. Repentless– We have the title track for you which has often been describe as the bands Hanneanthem. King explains, “I went with it based on Slayer. Slayer is repentless; Slayer’s always been repentless. I said, ‘You know what, I should write something about how I think Jeff looked at the world, because he looked at the world exactly how Slayer looked at the world.’ Plus little ‘Jeff-isms.’ It was both easy and difficult. The difficult part was doing it justice; I didn’t want to just throw it together. I wanted it to be solid, as deep as it could be without getting personal.” 5/5

3. Take Control– An intense in your face, face melting track that is very politically charged and looks at the idea of America being the world police 4/5

4. Vices– The track starts with Bostaph before the band kicks it into overdrive on a track that points out the stupidity of society and their various vices that control their lives. 4/5

5. Cast The First Stone– The track is more of that in your face Slayer styled music. In an interview, King described the track saying, “I was in Athens, Greece. We were on tour either last year or the year prior and we had three days off during a Turkish raid and we couldn’t go home when that was going on. I was just walking around the streets of Athens thinking about all the strife and war that went on historically in Greece and all through Europe at that time. I went back to my room during those three days and finished it.” 5/5

repentless back cover6. When The Stillness Comes– This is a track that reminds me of something that would have been either on South Of Heaven or Seasons In The Abyss with it’s melodic but crushing riffs. King dscribed the mood he was in while writing the track, “We were touring Europe and we had a three-hour ride in some f—ing minivan, and I’m just miserable in the backseat, not into anything. So I just started jotting down hateful thoughts. It’s about a dude who wakes up at a crime scene and realizes he’s killed everybody. It’s really cool.” 5/5

7. Chasing Death– an interesting track with interesting lyrics about how we always complain about life, but we are really just chasing death. 4/5

8. Implode– a hammering track that looks at man kinds fascination with the end as well with the greed of the world leaders. What I love about this track is that it starts at a decent tempo before it just kicks into overdrive like the Slayer we all love 5/5

9. Piano Wire– I’ve been trying to figure out the lyrics to this track because it talks about death, but is it by Piano wire? Nevertheless the music to it kicks ass. This is the only song on the album that the lyrics and music were written by Jeff Hanneman. 4/5

10. Atrocity Vendor– The track has an old school Slayer feel to the music which is bad ass and the lyrics are intense. Look at the name of the track and listen to the lyrics and take a guess. 5/5

maxresdefault11. You Against You– stylistically sounds like an old school Slayer song because it’s fast, pulverizing, and in your face from beginning to end as they test the limits of tempo. This track has restored my faith in Slayer that the band cans till do it even without legendary member, the late Jeff Hanneman. 4/5

12. Pride in Prejudice– The last track on the album that has another old school Slayer feel where the riffs are punishing and hammering. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– There is a reason this album won the award and that it’s definitely an amazing record and one of the best in a while. Kerry King did a very good job with the album as far as writing duties are concerned. I can see Slayer surviving just well after the cloud of doubt that I had before hearing this. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

The Dimebash is an event that takes place every year the honors the legacy of one of metal’s finest that was taken away too soon. At this years Dimebash which was also the 11TH took place in Hollywood as some of metal’s biggest names came out like Robb Flynn (Machine Head), Dave Lombardo, Phil Anselmo (Down, Ex-Pantera), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Gary Holt (Slayer, Exodus), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Ray Mayorga (Stone Sour), Rex Brown, and so many more. The performance I chose for all of you as the cover of the week comes courtesy of Phil Anselmo on vocals, Dave Grohl on guitar, Robert Trujillo on bass, and Dave Lombardo on drums performing Ace Of Spades as a tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister. The audio quality isn’t perfect, but you’ll get the picture as the boys bring the noise. Listen to what Phil says before hand, it’s crazy what comes out of his mouth, but it’s funny.

We decided to be generous and give you two music videos of the week so that both the rock and metal fans get their fare fix. The music video of the week for the metal fans comes from none other than they mighty thrash metal titans Slayer who released their first record with Gary Holt on Guitar, first since the death of Jeff Hanneman, and the first to feature Paul Bostaph on drums since 2001’s God Hates Us All in Repentless today. The video we are featuring for you guys is the title track and Slayer takes you to prison. The video features Danny Trejo (Machete) as one of the escaped convicts featured near the riot happening in front of a performing Slayer and the video also features Sean Whalen (The People Under The Stairs) as a poor guard who gets it pretty bad. You will also notice Derek Mears, the man who played Jason Voorhees in the 2009 remake of Friday The 13TH int he video as a prisoner as well. Kerry King talked about the inspiration behind the song which you can read by going here. Tom Araya also talked about the meaning behind the video to Rolling Stone saying, “We’re telling the story that we’ve always told about society and how humans treat each other. It can get pretty violent. It can get pretty stupid. But that’s OK. That’s human nature. I’m probably the most excited I’ve been for a video that we’ve ever done,” It’s all out chaos both visually and musically as they fit an prison riot into four minutes, so go out and buy the record and enjoy the video below.

Since it’s Labor Day and hopefully everyone is having a fun and safe one, we are going to give you two Singles Of The Week because we feel like it. Last week, we featured Thrash Metal titans Slayer on the single of the week with Cast The First Stone (which came with a free download) and now we have yet another Slayer track that also comes with a free download. The band today has introduced the crushing track You Against You which stylistically sounds like an old school Slayer song because it’s fast, pulverizing, and in your face from beginning to end as they test the limits of tempo. This track has restored my faith in Slayer that the band cans till do it even without legendary member, the late Jeff Hanneman. Repentless is their first record without Jeff on guitar as well as it’s the first to feature Gary Holt and the first to feature Paul Bostaph on drums since 2001’s God Hates Us All. The album comes out this Friday (September 11TH) via Nuclear Blast and if you miss out on the download, never fear because they’ll release a limited 7 inch vinyl for it in January. As far as the record and Paul Bostaph are concerned, Kerry King had this to say, “People are going to be stoked when they hear what he [Bostaph] did on this record. I used to say God Hates was his Reign in Blood. The new one is his Reign in Blood.” Check out the track below:

Slayer vs mayhem festThis is a very unique and special case for When metal Bands Fight because shots were fired at the metal genre by Warped Tour/Mayhem Fest founder Kevin Lyman. It’s no secret that the Metal genre does not do as huge of numbers as it may have in the 1980’s and 90’s, but that’s because most Americans are wrapped in whatever is the hot flavor of the month. I have been flying the flag for metal since the day I was born and I will till the day I die. Kerry King, the legendary guitarist of Slayer also feels the same way that I do and he’s been flying the flag for a hell of a lot longer than I have and he’s also been doing his best repping the genre for years. Lyman in an interview fired this shot at the metal genre as Loudwire.com reported, “Recently, co-founder Kevin Lyman spoke about the issues surrounding the booking of the metal festival. He commented in an interview that the metal genre was becoming “gray, bald, and fat” while addressing the difficulty in booking metal festivals and calling out some of the top billed acts for not cutting any financial slack to help move the scene forward.” It wouldn’t take long for Kerry King to fire a shot back at the festival founder as King said, “It’s a very generalizing statement [from Lyman] and it basically throws his tour under the bus. That’s just … that’s not even Business 101. That’s just insane.” I have to agree with Kerry on that point because if you are trying to get people to go to your festival, the last thing you want to do is do the genre.

110630-slayerHe goes on to add, “Do I know this tour wasn’t booked correctly? Absolutely I know this tour wasn’t booked correctly. Gary Holt made the comment that usually there’s the Main Stage, a second stage, a third stage, and then that piece of s–t record stage…now what they’re calling a second stage is at best a fourth stage and they’re wondering why people aren’t showing up. I think they waited too long and think all the talent that could have been on this took gigs in Europe. Because there’s nobody here touring. It’s easy to fill these stages but I guess they wanted a different price point, take away the second and third stage, which I think had a lot of value. To me a second stage headliner is Anthrax, Machine Head…Whoever booked this made a gigantic error.” During the interview Kerry would go on to say that the festival was, “a glorified Slayer show” and he has the right to say that because Slayer sold out the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee with just Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus. Then you look at the attendance of the Mayhem Fest stop at the same venue and they couldn’t sell it out. The last comment he would go on to make was, “I understand it from a fan’s perspective. I wouldn’t spend money to come to this either.” He went on to give a bold statement as he told the press that not only is this the last time Slayer will play Mayhem, but it may be the last Mayhem Fest ever. When asked about what Kerry said, Lyman replied, “He took offense to something I said and is voicing his opinion. All good with me.” In the past, Mayhem Fest has had some amazing lineups with 2009’s being my favorite one and they have had some pretty decent lineups over the years, but they definitely dropped the ball this year. After reading what Kerry had to say, what opinion do you have? What do you think of the current state of metal?

slayerThis is a special single of the week post as everything in my world came to a screeching halt when I saw that Slayer had released a new single for all of us to hear. The band is releasing the track When The Stillness Comes as a special 7″ vinyl release for Record Store Day this Saturday April 18TH which also happens to be a picture disc as well. According to a posting on the Youtube page of the video, it says the vinly will, “The single’s A-side features the image of a blood-stained skull with the band’s name carved into it, while the flipside sports an inverted cross and a live version of their song “Black Magic” – originally released on their 1983 debut, Show No Mercy – that they recorded at Germany’s Wacken festival last year. The single is limited to 5,000 copies and will be available only at the participating stores listed on the Record Store Day website on April 18th.” The track is definitely evil and it has it’s moments of brilliance and it has that Slayer sound to it which will please a lot of Slayer fans. It starts with the evil and melodic Slayer riff before hell is unleashed on to all of us. Kerry King says he was in a pissed off mood when he wrote the track, “We were touring Europe and we had a three-hour ride in some f—ing minivan, and I’m just miserable in the backseat, not into anything. So I just started jotting down hateful thoughts. It’s about a dude who wakes up at a crime scene and realizes he’s killed everybody. It’s really cool.” Check out the track below: