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Classic Review: Exodus - Bonded by Blood
Bonded by Blood

Label: Combat Records
Year released: 1985
Duration: 49:18
Tracks: 9
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: March 17, 2004
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Rated 4.73/5 (94.52%) (73 Votes)

On the 23rd of March the mighty Exodus will return with a new album entitled "Tempo of the Damned". From a few MP3's I have heard I am eagerly awaiting the day when I can finally get my hands on a copy and I am sure I am not the only one. The release of this new album along with another upcoming release from the equally mighty Death Angel had me thinking that I really should do reviews of some of this genre's classic albums so I will start with one of the very best thrash albums of all time….Bonded By Blood.

I remember I originally found out about this band the same way I did most bands at the time. I would simply read the thank lists of albums of bands that I really liked…call it guilt by association….heh. I just happened to be listening to arguably the greatest thrash album of all time "Master of Puppets" by a band that will now forever go nameless for their crimes against humanity and I noticed the name Exodus in the band thank area and decided to check them out. Man, am I ever glad in my infinite wisdom (or pot smoking haze) that I did. From the very beginning of the title track to the closer "Strike of the Beast" this is simply one amazing thrash metal ride that never slows down. There isn't one track on this album that could even slightly be considered as filler. The guitar work of the H-Team (Rick Hunolt and Gary Holt) whose twin leads and rhythm work set one hell of a standard that many other thrash bands later on down the line tried to follow to the lets just say original sounding vocals of Paul Baloff this album had everything that thrash metal was all about. Also certainly worthy of mention was the drum work of Tom Hunting. By today's standards his work wouldn't seem that impressive but remember this was recorded in 1984 and not too many people were playing this style of music so his work for the time was incredible.

This album is simply a thrash metal masterpiece and if you consider yourself even slightly a fan of the genre and you do not own this album by all means necessary go pick this up immediately!!!

Note: This review was done of the re-release which included two bonus live tracks, "And Then There Were None" and "A Lesson in Violence" respectively.

More about Exodus...
Review: Blood In, Blood Out (reviewed by MetalMike)
Review: Exhibit B: The Human Condition (reviewed by Hermer Arroyo)
Review: Exhibit B: The Human Condition (reviewed by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein)
Review: Persona Non Grata (reviewed by MetalMike)
Review: Pleasures Of the Flesh (reviewed by Larry Griffin)
Review: Shovel Headed Kill Machine (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Tempo of the Damned (reviewed by Christian Renner)
Review: The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
Interview with drummer Tom Hunting on July 13, 2012 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza on April 9, 2016 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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