One of the most extreme bands in the Thrash Metal-Sector undoubtedly have been the very controversial guys of EXHORDER. From the swamps of Louisiana these wild guys tried to mosh up the Metal-world. With "Slaughter In The Vatican" they absolutely succeeded in this endeavour, because the cover shows the chief of the Vatican being led to his own execution on the gallows. This cover alone brought EXHORDER tons of attention and problems.
Back then, 1990, the CD had been sold without any "Explicit Lyrics"-stickers or such crap. After their second successful album "The Law" EXHORDER unfortunately split up and still or maybe because of this "Slaughter In The Vatican" (just like "The Law") has grown into a cult-album and a much sought-after rarity. Musically EXHORDER do no compromises on this album, pure Thrash Metal, rough, brutal, aggressive, this is EXHORDER. The only possible comparisons could be made to NUCLEAR ASSAULT, who back then had been just as straight-at-your-throat-Thrash. The musical grenades bear titles like "Death In Vain" (an opener that mercilessly guts you), "Homicide", "Exhorder" or "The Tragic Period", which is a lead-poisoning turned sound. Also "Legions Of Death" and "Anal Lust" bring no breather to the listener, quite the contrary, the neck-muscles get a marathon-match. With the controversial title-track and with that highlight as closer, EXHORDER end these 40 minutes of pure thrashing.
Who claims to be a Thrash Metal-freak should at least try 52 times a year (so each week - doesn't have to be Sunday!) to get this album from somewhere. Maybe the Vatican has one or two copies in its secret vaults. Singer Kyle Thomas, by the way, released one album titled "Penalty" with his new band FLOODGATE, but completely parted ways with Thrash, a pity.
Guestreview: Tom Klaner