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This week's profile is of a band that is criminally overlooked amongst metalheads by the name of Exhorder.
Exhorder is a heavy metal band from the NOLA scene of the thrash/groove metal vein. Having a fairly short career spanning two full length albums and a few demos in the mid 80's to early 90's, they are often cited as one of the pioneers of the groove metal movement that Pantera put on the map in the early 90's.
|If that album cover doesn't scream Heavy Metal to you then something is seriously wrong.|
Their debut album Slaughter in the Vatican (Released 1990) is balls to the wall thrash metal, but with mid paced breaks in some of the songs showing glimpses of groove metal from time to time. Between the nonstop riff-fest of the guitars and the atomic clock accuracy Chris Nail's drumming are the howls of frontman Kyle Thomas, falling somewhere in-between the blitzkrieg shout of Slayer's Tom Araya and Pantera's Phil Anselmo. Truly a sonic attack that is sure to please most metalheads looking for something new to headbang to.
I wont do an in depth review this time, instead I will post a few youtube links to the songs that I think highlight the albums strengths and will draw new listeners in.
Highlight #1: The Tragic Period (Track 5)
Starts off with a slow, creepy intro and immediately jumps into break neck speed thrash. At seven minutes stays intense and interesting enough to not lose the listener.
Highlight #2: Legions of Death (Track 6)
An extremely fast song with some killer mid-paced chugging sections, the drumming in this song is top notch! Thomas' vocals go from spit-fire to almost death metalesque and back, and the guitars are tight and fast as hell.