Metal Insider contributor Anthony Maisano is listening to a different metal album that was released on that day every day this year. Today, it’s Exodus’ third album, Fabulous Disaster, which was released on January 30, 1989.
Here we have some good, old school thrash. The album is angry and aggressive. It’s a real head-banger all the way through, for sure. The aggression on this album is really what makes it, for me. It becomes easy to tell why Exodus was one of the bands that fueled early thrash, with “The Toxic Waltz” breaking through on MTV’s Headbangers Ball. The chorus of the title track flows, and has a cool rhythm to it. The epic, eight minute track “Like Father, Like Son” is really packed with some great riffs.
I’m not a big fan of the vocalist on this album, but then again, I’m not really a good judge of thrash vocalists. The cover of “Low Rider” is needless, and lifeless to me. Other than that, it’s really everything you’d want and expect from an old-school thrash album.
Favorite Tracks: “Like Father, Like Son,” “Fabulous Disaster,” “The Toxic Waltz.”
This was an album that I may not have loved, but that would only be because thrash isn’t my favorite subgenre. I can easily see why any thrash fan would love this album! If you’re at all interested in thrash, you should definitely get your hands on this album. It was an enjoyable listen!