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Exodus Live In Las Vegas

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Thursday, May 30, 2002 @ 12:08 AM


Exodus Bring Back Classic Meta

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REVIEW BY: Geoff Loughery

Well, it's Saturday night, time to put on my Reebok high tops, tight black jeans with my comb in my back pocket, and my cleanest King Diamond t-shirt because we're off to see Exodus. For some it was like that, I'm sure, after arriving at the show. Opening for Exodus was a band called Onward with a guitar player named Toby Knapp who's name was compared to the Yngwie Malmsteen's or Kevin Ahoff's(who?) and maybe even Mick Mars (sick). If you're missing a classic metal show like a Just Loaded or Misbehavin' (yikes) you'd be satisfied with this performance.

And now on to your main event, with Exodus taking the small stage, the 10 person pit starts. A true old school metal show onstage and a pit that stops in the middle of every song so the old timers can catch their breath. The unique looking crowd swaying what's left of their once ‘80s big hair to friendly tunes like “Bonded By Blood,” “Lesson In Violence,” and “Cajun Hell.”

For a band that does not consistently tour or even record for that matter, they put on a clinic that would put a lot of the newer bands to shame. After seeing the people that showed up for this show, I could only wonder how they could have survived the thrashing of modern music been subjected to in today's radio. For Exodus to reemerge and prove that metal fans still exist and show that their fans can still do a dance step created long before the Macarena or line dancing, called the “Toxic Waltz.”

They may not be as rich as former member Kirk Hammett, but at least they never disappointed or insulted their fans with that crap he calls music.

With classic metal in the air, and knowing that Paul Baloff was there in spirit or maybe in the spirits made for another classic metal show at Pinkies. It does make me wonder how many of those fans bought an Exodus thong that they were selling? Until the next show, I must now hang up my jean jacket.



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