Exodus – Persona Non Grata

9/10

Imagine the year is 1986, your friend has just taped you a new album and let you know that this is the business. You load up the grey Hitachi with fat batteries and you press play. When the first riff of Persona non Grata starts, you are happy you have a headband on to keep your long hair in place. It is almost like time has not stopped.

The gnarly, nasal voice of Steve “Zetro” Souz does not seem to have aged a single day from then to now. Gary Holt and Lee Altus dueling, razorsharp guitars still dominate the songs with a steady and fast rhythm section in Jack Gibsons Bass and Tom Huntings drumming.

This album is so loaded with aggression, speed, and full-on assault from start to finish. I have read a few comments regarding the length of the album, that it is a bit to long and should have been shorter by 10-20 minutes. I for one do not comply with that idea.

When I as a listener does not feel that I get lost in anything else than arching my back a bit and bobbing my now bald head in time with the music I do not see the problem. This thing that a thrash album should not be more than a certain number of minutes can be reserved for the anal people that just need it their way.

Songs like Prescribing Horror does just that. Chilling lyrics, diverse tempo and the ending with 40 seconds or so with a baby sobbing to a mean sounding outro leaves you feeling horrified.

We move on through just being beaten up with the same weapon all the way to the finish. The constant changing in tempo in the songs but keeping up the ferocious attitude without letting go of the throttle for 1 second.

Even the final track Antiseed that almost starts out like a Black Sabbath song with pounding drums and a severely disted guitar lets you rest for more than 30 seconds. The heavy, slowish riff is substituted for yet more full-on thrashing for the remainder of the 5 minutes of the song. For me it was worth the wait to the last song to somewhat have in my view today the best song of the album.

In closing, I hope to be able to see this group of seasoned veterans play their trade on a stage sometime next year. There is certainly enough material on this album to take on the road.

One of the best Exodus albums, if not the best in my opinion.

 

Band: Exodus
Title: Persona Non Grata
Label: Nuclear Blast
Date of release: 2021-11-19
Rate: 9/10
Stand Out Track: Antiseed
Country of Origin: USA
Playing Time: 1 hour

Exodus – Persona Non Grata

December 3, 2021

This album is so loaded with aggression, speed, and full-on assault from start to finish. I have read a few comments regarding the length of the album, that it is a bit to long and should have been shorter by 10-20 minutes. I for one do not comply with that idea.

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