Exodus - _Exhibit B: The Human Condition_
(Nuclear Blast, 2010)
by: Aly Hassab El Naby (8.5 out of 10)
Thank Ra I came across Exodus when I did. I was initially appalled they were not considered one of the "Big Four", but that's obviously a worthless notion anyway. They have always sounded like the working class kind of band that never really gave in to fame. More to the point, the hard-worker's quality of their sound didn't submit to the erosive forces of time like some bands their age; listen to the latest Death Angel album if you don't get my point. Therefore the combination of having a multitude of generic new bands and having old bands waning makes us anticipate a new Exodus album with even more eagerness in our eyes.

In his review of the first of this two part exhibit, Jackie Smit said that the second part can't come soon enough. Ironically, as if being intentional about it, Exodus didn't unleash the second part soon at all; it came out three years later. _Exhibit B: The Human Condition_, the follow-up to 2007's _The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A_, completes the saga that exhibits the assorted atrocities we hear Rob Dukes barking in the most vein-bursting manner about. _Exhibit B_ boasts twelve tracks, eight of which are upwards of six minutes, and the whole album clocks in at a whopping 74 minutes; a tally that could encompass the entire discography of young bands lugging the 'true thrash' moniker.

A colorful selection of atrocities is addressed through Dukes' rabid snarls. The alarming matter of reject weird kids who show up on campus with murderous intent is the topic of "Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)" while the continuous absurdities of Hollywood are the subject of "Burn, Hollywood, Burn" and "Nanking" condemns the deplorable Japanese massacre committed in the former Chinese capital Nanjing in 1937. In addition to the punishing combination of Dukes' voice with the guitars of Gary Holt and Lee Altus, Tom Hunting's pummeling of the drums all over the album demands a great deal of respect from everyone who thought that he was never on par with the giants of his age.

Even after any thrash fan who's worth the ragged Slayer shirt hanging from his shoulders has feasted his ears upon the individual skill on this record, its most formidable virtue will remain Gary Holt's supreme command of song structure. _Exhibit B: The Human Condition_ is an effort that focuses mostly on the lyrics, which explains the extended total play time, but that's not the only way to enjoy it if you're a music-oriented listener like I am. Creative drum beats and searing riffs are the veritable building blocks of this exhibit; a thrashing mad behemoth that I find myself trying to find a place for in my best of the year list.

Contact: http://www.myspace.com/exodus

(article published 8/12/2010)


CHATS
11/19/2007 J Smit Exodus: Killing on Adrenaline
3/14/2004 J Smit Exodus: Dancing With the Damned
ALBUMS
11/4/2007 J Smit 8.5 Exodus - The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A
9/19/2005 J Smit 9 Exodus - Shovel Headed Kill Machine
1/25/2004 J Smit 7 Exodus - Tempo of the Damned
8/12/1997 A Bromley 7 Exodus - Another Lesson in Violence
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