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Review of the Album Fabulous Disaster by American Thrash Metal Band Exodus

Updated on November 11, 2020
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

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Fabulous Disaster Is Not As Good An Album As It Is Thought to Be

Exodus is one of the few oldest American thrash metal bands still remaining. Their 1989 studio album called Fabulous Disaster is the second studio album to feature Steve Souza on vocals. This album begins with a narrative dialogue about the flaws of the US prison system and human ethics. That really wasn’t necessary because from a musical standpoint what does that bring? Listeners want to get into the music right away instead of being exposed to this. Even so, The Last Act of Defiance is a good song in its own right.

Fabulous Disaster is not as good as And Justice for All, but the technique and riffing on this album for 1989 is pretty good. Even though reviewer Drew Tyler of Sputnik Music defines Fabulous Disaster as an album that “is arguably better than any material released by the band since,” (Tyler 2012) I beg to differ on this one. Yes, the riffing is heavy, the solos are fast like Slayer but in terms of the songwriting, Fabulous Disaster does not quite have enough to be considered their best album in the last 30 years.

There Are Covers of the Bands War & AC/DC on This Album

There are two cover songs on here out of the 10 on this album so 2 of the songs aren’t even Exodus songs. It was going to be challenging enough to replace a guy like Paul Baloff but Steve Souza’s vocals are the more raspy type and not bad.

Fabulous Disaster & The Toxic Waltz Song Reviews

“Fabulous Disaster” the title track is a fast 1980’s thrash metal song about the effects of nuclear war and that topic has been basically overdone so the thrash metal scene is saturated with songs about that topic. Then we get to the heavy song called “The Toxic Waltz” and as the title implies, this is a toxic kind of waltz that can get a person injured. If you increase the intensity of the waltz, you may get an injury as the song tries to point out.

"The Toxic Waltz"

Songs Low Rider, Cajun Hell & Corruption

Low Rider is a very good song that is covered by Exodus on this album. Nevertheless, this album is by no means a musical disaster at all in spite of the album’s title. Exodus influenced the creation of the German band Fabulous Desaster which I have already written about before. “Cajun Hell” is a song that starts with the sound of a frog followed by country style guitar. The song lyrically tries to tell us that down in the Southern area of Louisiana where Cajun food is and alligators roam, crime is high. Fabulous Disaster is a good thrash metal album but in the 1980’s there were several others that were released that are better musically than this one but even so, given the amount of competition that Exodus was facing, this one is still decent. Corruption is a song that lyrically is about all of the vices that exist in the United States because of the corrupt political system.

"Open Season"

Fabulous Disaster: Initial Last Thoughts

As this album nears the end, Verbal Razors lyrically is about someone that brags about their success but in reality they act like a person that is a fraud and a phony to be around. All in all, Fabulous Disaster is a good album even for Exodus standards however it is nowhere near as good as Bonded by Blood or Tempo of the Damned.

Works Cited

Tyler, Drew. Sputnik Music. June 16, 2012. https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/50317/Exodus-Fabulous-Disaster/ (accessed December 13, 2019).

© 2019 Ara Vahanian

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