Exhorder – Slaughter In The Vatican (1990)
Exhorder were not only a huge inspiration on the world-conquering Pantera (a ‘you’ve heard it all before’ story that we cannot be arsed to go into!) but they also delivered two exceptional albums in the early 90’s.
1992’s The Law remains a stone-cold, mid-tempo groove monster but its Slaughter In The Vatican and its furious thrash and groove-metal establishing credentials that rank it as an absolute thrash classic….even if it is perennially under-appreciated.
Stripped down to the raw basics, Slaughter In The Vatican‘s 8 tracks never once come up for air. The low-end rumble, buzzsaw riffing and Kyle Thomas’ ravaged vocals culminating in a primal thrash experience that comes perilously close to utter perfection. One of the most unique thrash albums in existence, Slaughter should be revered as a landmark in metal. At the very least it should be spoken about with the same reverential tones reserved for Pantera’s Vulgar Display Of Power (an ironic yet unfortunately necessary comparison and not, we repeat not, a thrash album!)
Alternating between fast and slow tempos (the true ‘groove’ element of their sound), Slaughter In The Vatican still makes the majority of thrash bands sound utterly lost at sea and, as a non-stop thrash assault, it’s up there with the likes of Dark Angel’s Darkness Descends, Slayer‘s Reign In Blood and Razor’s Shotgun Justice!
Those in the know, will have noticed that Exhorder recently reunited and are touring again….dare we hope for album number 3? Oh, we fuckin’ dare alright! Bring it Exhorder, we’re ready for ya!!!