It was two very long years to wait for BONDED BY BLOOD’s sophomore effort, “Exiled To Earth”. With the success and stunning release of their debut “Feed The Beast” and the Thrash revival movement seemingly swelling with each month that passes becoming a title wave of new bands and similar sounds, these Californian Thrashers needed another solid release to plant themselves at the forefront of the new wave. That’s what “Exiled To Earth” does for them with its Bay Area Thrash vibes, amazing writing, and vast playing.
Although not necessarily better than its predecessor, “Exiled To Earth” shows Thrash fans a slightly more mature (used fairly loosely with their fun and energetic approach to their music) and cohesive sound for the band. The band never loses their old school Thrashy fun vibe, but a more serious streak and darker lyrical content (this album is a concept album after all) make this one just as solid as the last although with a thread that runs through the entire thing.
The band still retains their style though. Tons of riffs, leads, face melting solos, spastic snare forward drumming, wicked bass licks, and Punk infused vocals fill this album with Thrashy goodness. The band seems to layer themselves immensely with their music and with this new more cohesive thread, it makes multiple listenings a pleasure even more so than their debut. The band is definitely one of the most talented of the new Thrash wave and deserves to be one of the front runners.
“Exiled To Earth” may not be rewriting history (its story is writing a new future though) with style, as BONDED BY BLOOD retains that classic Bay Area Thrash sound, but with a more cohesive sound and a slightly darker tone, these guys are forging new ground for themselves. Not necessarily better than their debut, but “Exiled To Earth” is another great work from these guys. Keep an eye on them; I see great things in their future.
Songs to check out: “Prison Planet”, “Exiled To Earth”, “Sector 87”.
(Online August 17, 2010)