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Review: Exodus – Persona Non Grata

by Lukrecija Mesek

Exodus – Persona Non Grata

1. Persona Non Grata 7:30
2. R.E.M.F 4:22
3. Slipping Into Madness 5:33
4. Elitist 3:58
5. Prescribing Horror 5:09
6. The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves) 3:01
7. The Years Of Death And Dying 5:22
8. Clickbait 4:31
9. Cosa Del Pantano 1:13
10. Lunatic Liar Lord 7:59
11. The Fires Of Division 5:23
12. Antiseed 6:17

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 19.11.2021

I don’t have to explain where they come from, or who are they, because we all know one and only EXODUS!

So instead of writing down entire history of Exodus, let’s just focus on the new album Persona Non Grata.

Plans for the album were made as early as 2016, and work on the album had been slowed down by relentless tour schedules and guitarist Gary Holt’s commitments with Slayer, until the latter disbanded in 2019 following a farewell tour.

In June 2020, Exodus announced that they would begin recording their follow-up to Blood In, Blood Out in September, but in April 2021,  Souza announced that the release of the album had been pushed back to November, though as reasons he cited both Hunting’s illness and vinyl manufacturing issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the day has finally come. And we got the chance to listen to the album exclusively before it’s published.

When someone mentions Exodus I will think right away, it’s a banger. So for this new album I can say right away, before even listening to it, it’s a banger. And I was right.

Entire album is beautifully recorded and mastered, which compared to the previous albums is big improvement. The sound is beautiful and clear, so you can enjoy in each riff individually. You can feel the energy that’s been put in these album, and each and every song is here to make you move (you won’t dance to this music, but rather headbang like true metalhead).

I was really amazed with the songs, but I did notice one small thingy. Maybe it’s just me, but the song Lunatic Liar Lord is suspiciously similar to their song Scar Spangled Banner from album Tempo of the Damned.

Never the less, even if that is the case I will still say that this album is master piece. It took me back to some other time when we were able to enjoy in music and visit each and every concert and festival. Beautiful riffs, amazing guitar solos, blasting drums and raging vocals are deadly combo, and Exodus did give us just that – the true Thrash Metal.

This album is something amazing and right now I’m thrilled to be able to put this in my music library. This one is must have no matter which genre of metal is your favorite. This is general culture for every metalhead. 

Stay true, stay heavy and rock on!

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