15 April 2013

Exhorder - Slaughter In The Vatican


Let's get the first thing out of the way now: Pantera may have been somewhat influenced by Exhorder (Especially around the vocals) but this album sounds different to anything Pantera ever recorded. They had more of a groove and a better guitarist (RIP Dimebag) but these were a bit more brutal although lacking in whatever polish that Pantera had given their sound.

Produced and mixed by Scott Burns at Morrisound Recording, Florida (Believe me, that used to mean something back in the early 90's), this album comes at you from the beginning and never lets up! With eight tracks, it may seem somewhat shorter compared to other releases but believe me, it's value for money all the way. At the time, this was classed as 'thrash' but it heralded in the groove-metal genre that dominated the early 90's (Groove metal: Thrash with funkier drums). As mentioned, this was produced at what was then a Mecca for metal bands. The production seems a bit muddy and dated these days but luckily the songs still stand up. The artwork was a bit of a sticking point for some retailers but it looks more like something out of a comic. Not sure what else I can say about this album other than it's a good'un and one that you certainly could do with in your collection.

8/10 - Oh now you have my attention and maybe my money, time and heart.

Chris J

You can buy this album from iTunes and Amazon.

Link to Amzon

You can listen to it on Spotify too

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