Cult muses on Exodus
Sidenote from Feind: I am currently looking for a new Scribblin partner bc Cult is FIRED!!
Another track that grabbed me by the throat, I have it somewhere collecting dust buried in my compilation shoebox, was Chemi-kill. As I continue to work my way through their entire back catalog I can honestly say it's the most memorable track on Pleasures of the Flesh (1987), sadly IMO a rather bland and forgettable album.
*If Cult was any more wrong here I’d have to choke him! A trip to Arizona is coming and I’m bringing an axe! Luckily I have my own tribute to make up for this atrocity!
Feind sidenote: Some of these riffs can be attributed to Kirk Hammett before he was stolen away by… well you know.
From the opening (title) track, through the entirety of the album it doesn't disappoint. Although I have always personally believed that the vocalist at the time did nothing for their sound, not quite being on the level of King Diamond's screeching (Bring on the haters!) for me but certainly close. Giving this a listen it's not hard to ascertain where many bands have found their most notable influence, the Whiplash album Power and Pain would easily fit into the Exodus catalog, a casual listener might in fact think they are one and the same band.
Souza's unique vocal style was trademark worthy giving Exodus a recognizable sound setting them apart from the myriad of others in the exploding scene of the Bay Area in the 80s into the early 90s. Other band members at this time Gary Holt, Rick Hunolt and Tom Hunting are featured on many of the band's albums, although Gary Holt is the only one to have performed on all ten of them, including the upcoming 2014 release. *Let’s face it Gary Holt IS Exodus
A video track from FD, Toxic Waltz, found regular airplay on MTV's Headbanger's Ball. A wider audience resulted and they were set up to tour with feature act Anthrax and Helloween supported and organized by MTV that same year.
The thrashy anthem style attack the band were known for was absent, as was their well known logo, a new one seemingly plastered, as if graffiti, on the Picasso-esque artwork of the album's front cover. The tracks on this release still display heavy, chunky riffs and a definite metal edge though sound more like Five Finger Death Punch or Godsmack than what the band's core audience were accustomed to. Citing creative differences and the ever changing musical environment the band split for a short time following the FoH tour. They reformed in ‘96 with Bonded’ vocalist, Paul Baloff (RIP), to record a live album only to split again reforming years later initially only to play a Chuck Billy (Testament) benefit, Thrash of the Titans in 2001. Rumors circulated of the band's plans to write new material until an album finally surfaced in 2004.
(*Hammett did record one demo with Exodus in 1982 before leaving but good luck finding it).
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