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Release date: 25 April 1985
Style: Bay Area thrash metal

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01. Bonded By Blood
02. Exodus
03. And Then There Were None
04. A Lesson In Violence
05. Metal Command
06. Piranha
07. No Love
08. Deliver Us To Evil
09. Strike Of The Beast
10. And Then There Were None [Live in London] [Century Media reissues bonus]
11. A Lesson In Violence [Live in London] [Century Media reissues bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1985: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 143

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Totally re-recorded in 2008, produced by Gary Holt and released October 28 as 'Let There Be Blood' - Guitarist Holt and drummer Tom Hunting are the only members to appear on both albums

'Bonded by Blood' remastered, limited silver edition also released in 2008 by Century Media with bonus live tracks

The album was originally titled A Lesson in Violence, but had its name changed when an appropriate cover idea could not be found. An advance cassette copy of the album (with the original title) was widely distributed through the tape-trading network upon the record's completion in the middle of 1984, creating an immense underground buzz prior to the official release of the LP. The release was delayed due to problems with the artwork

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Death To Posers

Rating:
9.5
Bay area legends Exodus's debut release Bonded By Blood is often hailed as one of the most influential thrash albums of all time. It's what you would expect from artists coming from the Richmond, CA area during the 80's crack epidemic, even nowadays Richmond is frequently among the top 10 most dangerous cities in The United States at the end of any given year. Bonded By Blood is a gritty, dirty, violent and highly aggressive work just like the environment and time period that spawned it. What other band can make a song about sadistically killing and raping that people can party and dance to? Not Many. I respect Exodus all the more because they aren't "shock rock." They are still realistic in the sense that they aren't only "doing it for the image" or to get a reaction out of people unlike some other more popular "extreme" bands portray themselves. Bonded by Blood to me is like home cooking. It may not be world-class, critically acclaimed cuisine, but every time I eat at a fancy restaurant, it's good but not satisfying. Sometimes after I eat at a gourmet restaurant, I end up going to a local hole-in-the-wall type spot to get food that is just as good; sometimes even better and will actually satisfy my hunger. I feel the same way about this piece; it may not be refined or "plated artfully," but damn it's good.

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Guib - 06.10.2010 at 10:55  
Rating: 10 I don't give Ten often to an album, but this one is Metal Awesomeness embodied
This is probably the most remarkable Thrash Metal work ever created and the less polished one.
Exodus did much more than just delivering a good album, they totally fucked with our brains
by giving us some Metal Brainwashing material. This album is beyond perfection
I can't point you any flaw or bad song on this master piece. The Performance is great
The tracks are original, deadly and incredibly raw and on top of that it never gets boring
I even like the remastered version with a new singer and line-up (Let There Be Blood). Solos are killers, riffs are heavy
and the vocals filled with emotions.

20 on 10... great job Exodus you got me hooked

Personal Favorites (even if everythings good)

- Exodus
- Metal Command
- Strike Of The Beast
- Bonded By Blood
Syk - 30.10.2010 at 10:45  
 
Written by Guib on 06.10.2010 at 10:55
I even like the remastered version with a new singer and line-up (Let There Be Blood)
Isn't that completely re-recorded? So it's different from the remastered version... it's a totally new album (aside from the songwriting)?
Ozman - 31.10.2010 at 12:42  
Rating: 9 Yes that one is totally re-recorded. So it is not a remastered version.
Guib - 30.11.2010 at 08:40  
Rating: 10
Written by Syk on 30.10.2010 at 10:45

Written by Guib on 06.10.2010 at 10:55
I even like the remastered version with a new singer and line-up (Let There Be Blood)
Isn't that completely re-recorded? So it's different from the remastered version... it's a totally new album (aside from the songwriting)?


oh yeah right sorry lol re-recorded then
theflyingmachine - 30.11.2010 at 14:29  
  What album cover does the re-recorded version have?

Is the original better?
Guib - 30.11.2010 at 21:02  
Rating: 10
Written by theflyingmachine on 30.11.2010 at 14:29

What album cover does the re-recorded version have?

Is the original better?


Well seriously its two different sound... I wouldn't say its better only because its the original but it has its particularity... and the vocals are totally something else. But both are great.
Ozman - 01.12.2010 at 09:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Guib on 30.11.2010 at 21:02

Written by theflyingmachine on 30.11.2010 at 14:29

What album cover does the re-recorded version have?

Is the original better?


Well seriously its two different sound... I wouldn't say its better only because its the original but it has its particularity... and the vocals are totally something else. But both are great.


I thought Theflyingmachine asked about the cover artwork.
Angelic Storm - 01.12.2010 at 10:30  
Rating: 10 ^^ I think Guib may have interpreted the last part of his post as asking if the original album was better, not if the original artwork was better...

To answer his first question, the original "Bonded By Blood" actually has two covers. The original artwork can be seen at the top of this page along with the tracklisting. Due to controversy over the original artwork, when the album was reissued in 1989, the cover was simply a big Exodus logo in yellow and blue, over a black and red background. By the time I was properly into metal, this was the only cover for the album that was available. Although I was aware of the original artwork. lol The original artwork has since been restored on newer re-issues. The "Let There Be Blood" cover is a new interpretation of the original artwork. The background is darker, the babies now have wings, and the Exodus logo is dark red with a steel outline. Im not sure if it's computer generated, but it looks like it may be... :\

I much prefer the original album, although I actually prefer the re-recorded version of "Metal Command" over the original. I love the re-record of "Strike Of The Beast" as well. xD Generally though, the songs sound much better in their original guitar tunings, and with Paul Baloff on vocals. \m/
Ozman - 01.12.2010 at 10:41  
Rating: 9
Written by Angelic Storm on 01.12.2010 at 10:30

Due to controversy over the original artwork, when the album was reissued in 1989, the cover was simply a big Exodus logo in yellow and blue, over a black and red background.


Actually ONLY in a couple of countries (UK and Germany spring to mind) but not in a lot of other countries, where the orignal artwork was still used, even on the reissue.
Angelic Storm - 01.12.2010 at 10:55  
Rating: 10
Written by Ozman on 01.12.2010 at 10:41
Actually ONLY in a couple of countries (UK and Germany spring to mind) but not in a lot of other countries, where the orignal artwork was still used, even on the reissue.


Really? I wasnt aware of that, thanks for that info!

The UK was one of the countries that had the original artwork replaced. lol As I said, for a long time, I only ever seen the album in shops with the censored cover. And the cassette version of the album I own has that cover. xD Im not surprised actually that Germany and the UK happened to be 2 of the only countries that banned the original cover, seeing as both countries have strict censorship. The UK, not so much now, but definitely back then it was very strict.
Ozman - 01.12.2010 at 11:07  
Rating: 9
Written by Angelic Storm on 01.12.2010 at 10:55

Im not surprised actually that Germany and the UK happened to be 2 of the only countries that banned the original cover, seeing as both countries have strict censorship. The UK, not so much now, but definitely back then it was very strict.


I know but looking at the roiginal art I really an't see the problem anyone could have with it. Both babies are alive, even though one is evila nd the other good.
Angelic Storm - 01.12.2010 at 12:04  
Rating: 10
Written by Ozman on 01.12.2010 at 11:07
I know but looking at the roiginal art I really an't see the problem anyone could have with it. Both babies are alive, even though one is evila nd the other good.


I cant see the problem with it either, but you know what some people are like... lol :\
theflyingmachine - 01.12.2010 at 14:34  
  Thanks. Angelic Storm and Guib's post answered my question Now I just have to quit listening to so much death metal and buy this album.
Guib - 03.12.2010 at 01:32  
Rating: 10
Written by Ozman on 01.12.2010 at 09:57

Written by Guib on 30.11.2010 at 21:02

Written by theflyingmachine on 30.11.2010 at 14:29

What album cover does the re-recorded version have?

Is the original better?


Well seriously its two different sound... I wouldn't say its better only because its the original but it has its particularity... and the vocals are totally something else. But both are great.


I thought Theflyingmachine asked about the cover artwork.


Yeah I totally got that wrong... missinterpreted that all the damn way But yeah anyways LOL
Beastofmetal456 - 12.07.2011 at 22:17  
  Excellent in - your - face thrash. Kind of annoying vocalist, but he suits the music. The riffs are some of the thrashiest I ever heard, the shredding solos are very good. Only one bad thing. The No Love acoustic intro doesn't suit the album AT ALL!
WolfOfMetal456 - 10.08.2011 at 02:32  
 
Written by Guest on 12.07.2011 at 22:17

Excellent in - your - face thrash. Kind of annoying vocalist, but he suits the music. The riffs are some of the thrashiest I ever heard, the shredding solos are very good. Only one bad thing. The No Love acoustic intro doesn't suit the album AT ALL!

Right, man!
JD - 12.09.2011 at 03:05  
Rating: 9 Insane vocals, one of the best!

My personal favorite songs:

-Bonded By Blood
-A Lesson In Violence
-And Then There Were None
-Metal Command

All the the songs are just incredible!
musicalkaratekid - 14.09.2011 at 03:16  
Rating: 9 This album is great,but i think its a little overrated. Im not doubting its one of the most influential thrash albums of all time,but lets not forget 'hell awaits' and 'kill 'em all',eh?
Egigantea - 20.10.2012 at 13:49  
Rating: 10 Hard not to give it a 10, it was my first metal album alongside Testament's The Legacy,
all I can say is if you like thrash, you need this album.
Illog1cal - 24.10.2012 at 00:11  
  Among the best thrash vocals ever recorded. This was extremely violent music for 1985, although Possessed were probably the most extreme band at the time, releasing Seven Churches almost 4 months later.
megadeath13 - 09.11.2012 at 19:17  
  Among Reign in Blood probably the best Thrash Metal Album. The was the very first in your face thrash release
Ozman - 06.12.2012 at 10:52  
Rating: 9 27 years down the line and this album is still the best thrash album ever. To be honest I am pretty sure that this little ditty will remain the best thrash album ever till the end of times.
Mr. Doctor - 06.12.2012 at 13:53  
 
Written by Ozman on 06.12.2012 at 10:52

27 years down the line and this album is still the best thrash album ever. To be honest I am pretty sure that this little ditty will remain the best thrash album ever till the end of times.


Oh really? I always figured (due to your past ratings) that Ride The Lightning or Doomsday For The Deceiver were your absolute favorites.
Ozman - 06.12.2012 at 14:26  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 06.12.2012 at 13:53

Written by Ozman on 06.12.2012 at 10:52

27 years down the line and this album is still the best thrash album ever. To be honest I am pretty sure that this little ditty will remain the best thrash album ever till the end of times.


Oh really? I always figured (due to your past ratings) that Ride The Lightning or Doomsday For The Deceiver were your absolute favorites.


RtL is but someone I prefer this as pure thrash hahahaha

And DftD only the re-release special box, so that one doesn't count
Koen Smits - 06.12.2012 at 17:41  
 
Written by Ozman on 06.12.2012 at 10:52

27 years down the line and this album is still the best thrash album ever. To be honest I am pretty sure that this little ditty will remain the best thrash album ever till the end of times.


No it in't the best thrash album ever.
It's a dirty job but somebody has to do it.
Mr. Doctor - 06.12.2012 at 19:59  
 
Written by Ozman on 06.12.2012 at 14:26
RtL is but someone I prefer this as pure thrash hahahaha


So RtL isn't pure thrash? This is a honest question since I've never been a thrash guy, just a casual listener from time to time.
@gent_-_orange - 08.12.2012 at 23:24  
  Honestly I cant stand Baloffs vocals, Otherwise its a very nice album.
JÄY - 09.12.2012 at 00:54  
Rating: 9
Written by @gent_-_orange on 08.12.2012 at 23:24

Honestly I cant stand Baloffs vocals, Otherwise its a very nice album.

funny... he's the only Exodus vocalist I like.
Demonmayonnaise - 16.05.2013 at 01:51  
Rating: 10 One of the greatest albums ever. Definitely in the top 5 thrash albums ever.
Egigantea - 23.05.2013 at 10:45  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 24.10.2012 at 00:11

Among the best thrash vocals ever recorded. This was extremely violent music for 1985, although Possessed were probably the most extreme band at the time, releasing Seven Churches almost 4 months later.


Except this was recorded in 1984 and was delayed due to issues with the album cover artwork.
deadone - 27.02.2014 at 04:54  
Rating: 9 Always thought this was their crowning achievement. Shame the stuff afterwards failed to top it.
Alex Fenger - 27.02.2014 at 05:05  
Rating: 8
Written by deadone on 27.02.2014 at 04:54

Always thought this was their crowning achievement. Shame the stuff afterwards failed to top it.

It is a shame they never topped this, but then again few thrash albums can for me. This is definitely Exodus' best, and one of my favorite thrash releases, well.... ever
Lit. - 27.02.2014 at 07:47  
  I'd say Tempo Of The Damned stomps Bonded By Blood quite easily. I can't stand anything about this album, and can't for the life of me figure out why people overrate the fuck out of it.
RavenEffect - 28.04.2014 at 13:00  
Rating: 10 Doesnt take two to figure out why this is so well rated, its one of the first forms of pure agression in Metal and an undeniable pillar at its respective time. Its a perfect soundtrack to the 80's whole Thrash scene.
deadone - 29.04.2014 at 01:55  
Rating: 9 Excellent little Thrash album. I love how violent and raw it sounds.


It's the only Exodus album that really caught my attention. Baloff was a great vocalist - so raw and tortured.
Ozman - 29.04.2014 at 02:10  
Rating: 9
Written by deadone on 29.04.2014 at 01:55



It's the only Exodus album that really caught my attention. Baloff was a great vocalist - so raw and tortured.


This is easily their best by far. All killer no filler. Unlike everything after. Although Tempo does come close quality wise.
Erik M. - 30.08.2014 at 23:00  
Rating: 8
Written by Ozman on 06.12.2012 at 10:52

27 years down the line and this album is still the best thrash album ever. To be honest I am pretty sure that this little ditty will remain the best thrash album ever till the end of times.


Not counting Fear of God's debut then, I assume?

I'm impressed by the amount of praise this album gets and I have only given it one listen so far... of which I can't remember a whole lot. Ordering a big batch of CD's now and came across this one on my wishlist for 6.99 euros, so I'm definitely buying this.
Mattybu - 30.08.2014 at 23:21  
Rating: 7
Written by Erik M. on 30.08.2014 at 23:00

Written by Ozman on 06.12.2012 at 10:52

27 years down the line and this album is still the best thrash album ever. To be honest I am pretty sure that this little ditty will remain the best thrash album ever till the end of times.


Not counting Fear of God's debut then, I assume?

I'm impressed by the amount of praise this album gets and I have only given it one listen so far... of which I can't remember a whole lot. Ordering a big batch of CD's now and came across this one on my wishlist for 6.99 euros, so I'm definitely buying this.


He gave Ride The Lightning a 10 also. Which I would say is a much better thrash album than Bonded By Blood. To be honest, I think it's good but even Exodus did better than Bonded By Blood (I think Fabulous Disaster is better) and within the genre, for me there is a massive amount of better albums.
Erik M. - 30.08.2014 at 23:23  
Rating: 8
Written by Mattybu on 30.08.2014 at 23:21

He gave Ride The Lightning a 10 also. Which I would say is a much better thrash album than Bonded By Blood. To be honest, I think it's good but even Exodus did better than Bonded By Blood (I think Fabulous Disaster is better) and within the genre, for me there is a massive amount of better albums.


My thrash knowledge is pretty limited so I'm buying "the best of the best" only. Thanks for the info. And yeah, Marcel somehow doesn't consider Ride the Lightning a "real" thrash record... which I don't agree with at all.
Mattybu - 30.08.2014 at 23:27  
Rating: 7
Written by Erik M. on 30.08.2014 at 23:23

Written by Mattybu on 30.08.2014 at 23:21

He gave Ride The Lightning a 10 also. Which I would say is a much better thrash album than Bonded By Blood. To be honest, I think it's good but even Exodus did better than Bonded By Blood (I think Fabulous Disaster is better) and within the genre, for me there is a massive amount of better albums.


My thrash knowledge is pretty limited so I'm buying "the best of the best" only. Thanks for the info as well.


I don't think you could possibly be disappointed with this one if you like thrash, so enjoy your new albums To me the whole album would have to be as good as the title track and Piranha to be considered among the best ever (and even then not even close to being the single best). But in addition to that it never clicked with me in the way a lot of other albums did.
moonflash - 04.09.2014 at 21:06  
Rating: 9 And then there were none...just beyond amazing. Absolutely intense album.
deadone - 08.09.2014 at 02:35  
Rating: 9
Written by moonflash on 04.09.2014 at 21:06

And then there were none....


At least for Exodus - IMO they never got even close to replicating pure Thrashtastic awesomenes of Bonded By Blood.

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