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Review of the Album "Let There Be Blood" by Exodus One of the Original Bay Area Thrash Bands

Updated on August 21, 2019
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

"Let There Be Blood" Alum Cover (Back)

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Introduction to the Album Let There Be Blood

"Let There Be Blood" is the 2008 studio album by Exodus one of the Bay Area’s original thrash metal bands. This is actually a re-recorded version of the band’s famous debut album Bonded by Blood and actually, for all intents and purposes they should have called this album Bonded by Blood Part 2. Taking over on vocal duties for this album is Robert “Rob” Dukes. Fans will recall that for the band’s 2004 album Tempo of the Damned, Steve Souza provided his raspy vocals. Let me say before we begin to analyze this album that this is REALLY good modern American thrash metal coming from a band that has been around since 1979!

This is Not Music That Was Re-Recorded for a Bad Reason

The album’s style has a more modern sound to it and it is not generic thrash metal made and thrown together for the purpose of making money. It is also not progressive thrash metal like Eldritch or melodic thrash metal like Kreator or Hexen but it is an album written and recorded again for the purpose of paying tribute to Paul Baloff who died in 2002.

The Album is an Example of What the United States is Capable of

However when the album gets to the song called A Lesson in Violence, the melody of Exodus really gets into a different gear and on comes the real melody along with the thrash metal! Finally, an American band uses melody like European bands. This is a GOOD recording of the band’s original 1985 album with a modern twist in terms of the riffs. It takes an avid “metal-head” to see this album for what it is. It is more than an experiment and a tribute to a former band member. This album is also a way for me to realize that the United States can still have its moments of heavy metal goodness and excellence when it tries to make an attempt to excel. With the ending of the career of the band Slayer, Exodus and Testament are left as the two big giants of the Bay Area thrash metal scene.

"Strike of the Beast"

Final Thoughts About the Album Let There Be Blood

This album certainly is better than most of the Megadeth albums. Dave Mustaine are you familiar with Exodus? This is the way to compose a re-recording of an older album as the structure is more modern, the vocals fit in with the songs and there is also melody that makes the album an enjoyable listen. Piranha in particular is a well done version of the original song in 1985. Strike of the Beast is a song about a person that walks the streets in the middle of the afternoon and he is sweating. Because there is a beast approaching and if and he does not hurry up and escape he will die. If you are in danger it is time to run. The album ends with the song Hell’s Breath, a song that was on the band’s 1983 rehearsal but it was never publicly released. Combine great modern thrash with vocals that sound like the band Havok’s David Sanchez and you have a very good re-done album by one of the Bay Area’s finest thrash metal bands.

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