Exodus have officially returned with their first new album in seven years, “Persona Non Grata.” The record, which will be available tomorrow (November 19), offers a full-on thrash attack that is sure to satisfy fans old and new

The effort is chock-full of riffy and shredding guitar work mixed with the kind of blistering vocals one would expect from the band. As one navigates the album, it is clear to see that the group have stayed true to the sound that made them a household name in the Bay Area. This is especially seen on tracks like “Slipping Into Madness” and “The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves),” which offer nothing short of classic Exodus.

Some of the other highlights on the effort are the neck-breaking “R.E.M.F.,” the aggressive “The Years Of Death And Dying,” and the dark and ominous “Prescribing Horror.” R.E.M.F.” in particular is sure to be a pit-starter at future live shows.

All in all, “Persona Non Grata” is a solid record from a band that has been killing it for four decades. There are some parts where the fat could have been trimmed a little bit to make for a more concise piece of work, but other than that it is exactly what fans have been clamoring for, a pure display of classic thrash metal.

Pre-orders can be found HERE.


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