Bonded By Blood- Exiled to Earth

By Max Hofacker

Published on Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The amount of credit you’re willing to give Bonded By Blood’s Exiled to Earth depends entirely on how much of a critic you are. On one hand, the debut delivers back-to-basics, bare-bones, good ol’ fashioned American thrash metal – about what you’d expect from a band that named themselves after the notorious Exodus album (released in 1985). The flip side of the coin, though, is that imitation (however good) leaves little room for originality with respect to musical style and composition. Critics of the ‘neo-thrash’ movement are quick to align with the latter argument – Exiled to Earth and albums like it are merely mocking birds of “real” thrash music. And sure, there may be some truth to such a harsh statement, but as a big fan of thrash metal, one can only ask, “So what?” If the ‘real’ thrash of the 1980s was considered perfect, shouldn’t every thrash group out there do more to sound like it? On that note, I’ll tell you how I fell about Exiled to Earth – I think it’s good stuff. No it isn’t the most earth-shattering, ground-breaking release of all time, but its damn enjoyable music – simple as that. Its fast, its loud, and its fun. And apparently, its a ‘thrash concept album’. Who knew? I don’t personally think that the lyrics of a thrash album were ever meant to be that important, but hey, it’s something you don’t see every day.

The Good: Consistently good guitar solos throughout the album
The Bad: Minimal technicality, somewhat annoying vocals
The Verdict:¬†Scratches that ‘classic thrash’ itch without the need for time travel



Full Disclosure: Review copy provided by Earache Records

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