EXODUS The Atrocity
From page 43 of Classic Rock Magazine December 2007
Exhibition (Exhibit A)
Thrash veterans mount awesome comeback.
Exodus formed in Frisco in 1982 with Kirk Hammett in their roster. Hammett lasted a year before he joined Metallica, and Exodus have been dogged by line-up changes ever since. On the vocal front, Paul Baloff and Steve 'Zetro' Sousa were forever swapping places until the former's untimely death in 2002. Exodus conjured up a timeless thrash classic in '85 (Bonded By Blood) but their career is best summed up by the phrase 'what might have been'.
The year 2007 finds former roadie Rob Dukes on frontman duties, with longtime members Gary Holt (guitar) and Tom Hunting (drums) hanging on in there.
Against the odds, The Atrocity Exhibition (Exhibit A) is a cataclysmic album bristling with belligerence and ravingmad, neck-fracturing riffs. Indeed, while listening to Funeral Hymn we found ourselves gazing up from the carpet at our headless body wandering aimlessly around the living room.
Exodus might benefit from the recent thrash revival, but in truth they now transcend that genre. This is an object lesson in heavy metal brutality that will send their peers (i.e. Metallica) running for cover and Trivium back to the tuck shop.