Exodus - Bonded By Blood


8.8 | 790 votes |
Release date: 25 April 1985
Style: Bay Area thrash metal

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01. Bonded By Blood
02. Exodus
03. And Then There Were None
04. A Lesson In Violence
05. Metal Command
06. Piranha
07. No Love
08. Deliver Us To Evil
09. Strike Of The Beast
10. And Then There Were None [Live in London] [Century Media reissues bonus]
11. A Lesson In Violence [Live in London] [Century Media reissues bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1985: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 107

Additional info
Totally re-recorded in 2008, produced by Gary Holt and released October 28 as 'Let There Be Blood' - Guitarist Holt and drummer Tom Hunting are the only members to appear on both albums

'Bonded by Blood' remastered, limited silver edition also released in 2008 by Century Media with bonus live tracks

The album was originally titled A Lesson in Violence, but had its name changed when an appropriate cover idea could not be found. An advance cassette copy of the album (with the original title) was widely distributed through the tape-trading network upon the record's completion in the middle of 1984, creating an immense underground buzz prior to the official release of the LP. The release was delayed due to problems with the artwork

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Rating:
9.5
Bay area legends Exodus's debut release Bonded By Blood is often hailed as one of the most influential thrash albums of all time. It's what you would expect from artists coming from the Richmond, CA area during the 80's crack epidemic, even nowadays Richmond is frequently among the top 10 most dangerous cities in The United States at the end of any given year. Bonded By Blood is a gritty, dirty, violent and highly aggressive work just like the environment and time period that spawned it. What other band can make a song about sadistically killing and raping that people can party and dance to? Not Many. I respect Exodus all the more because they aren't "shock rock." They are still realistic in the sense that they aren't only "doing it for the image" or to get a reaction out of people unlike some other more popular "extreme" bands portray themselves. Bonded by Blood to me is like home cooking. It may not be world-class, critically acclaimed cuisine, but every time I eat at a fancy restaurant, it's good but not satisfying. Sometimes after I eat at a gourmet restaurant, I end up going to a local hole-in-the-wall type spot to get food that is just as good; sometimes even better and will actually satisfy my hunger. I feel the same way about this piece; it may not be refined or "plated artfully," but damn it's good.

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published 03.02.2011 | Comments (4)

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27.02.2014 - 05:05
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by deadone on 27.02.2014 at 04:54

Always thought this was their crowning achievement. Shame the stuff afterwards failed to top it.

It is a shame they never topped this, but then again few thrash albums can for me. This is definitely Exodus' best, and one of my favorite thrash releases, well.... ever
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27.02.2014 - 07:47
Lit.
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I'd say Tempo Of The Damned stomps Bonded By Blood quite easily. I can't stand anything about this album, and can't for the life of me figure out why people overrate the fuck out of it.
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28.04.2014 - 13:00
Rating: 10
raveneffect
Doesnt take two to figure out why this is so well rated, its one of the first forms of pure agression in Metal and an undeniable pillar at its respective time. Its a perfect soundtrack to the 80's whole Thrash scene.
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29.04.2014 - 02:10
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by deadone on 29.04.2014 at 01:55



It's the only Exodus album that really caught my attention. Baloff was a great vocalist - so raw and tortured.


This is easily their best by far. All killer no filler. Unlike everything after. Although Tempo does come close quality wise.
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30.08.2014 - 23:00
Rating: 8
Erik M.
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 06.12.2012 at 10:52

27 years down the line and this album is still the best thrash album ever. To be honest I am pretty sure that this little ditty will remain the best thrash album ever till the end of times.


Not counting Fear of God's debut then, I assume?

I'm impressed by the amount of praise this album gets and I have only given it one listen so far... of which I can't remember a whole lot. Ordering a big batch of CD's now and came across this one on my wishlist for 6.99 euros, so I'm definitely buying this.
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30.08.2014 - 23:21
Mattybu
Written by Erik M. on 30.08.2014 at 23:00

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 06.12.2012 at 10:52

27 years down the line and this album is still the best thrash album ever. To be honest I am pretty sure that this little ditty will remain the best thrash album ever till the end of times.


Not counting Fear of God's debut then, I assume?

I'm impressed by the amount of praise this album gets and I have only given it one listen so far... of which I can't remember a whole lot. Ordering a big batch of CD's now and came across this one on my wishlist for 6.99 euros, so I'm definitely buying this.


He gave Ride The Lightning a 10 also. Which I would say is a much better thrash album than Bonded By Blood. To be honest, I think it's good but even Exodus did better than Bonded By Blood (I think Fabulous Disaster is better) and within the genre, for me there is a massive amount of better albums.
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30.08.2014 - 23:23
Rating: 8
Erik M.
Written by Mattybu on 30.08.2014 at 23:21

He gave Ride The Lightning a 10 also. Which I would say is a much better thrash album than Bonded By Blood. To be honest, I think it's good but even Exodus did better than Bonded By Blood (I think Fabulous Disaster is better) and within the genre, for me there is a massive amount of better albums.


My thrash knowledge is pretty limited so I'm buying "the best of the best" only. Thanks for the info. And yeah, Marcel somehow doesn't consider Ride the Lightning a "real" thrash record... which I don't agree with at all.
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30.08.2014 - 23:27
Mattybu
Written by Erik M. on 30.08.2014 at 23:23

Written by Mattybu on 30.08.2014 at 23:21

He gave Ride The Lightning a 10 also. Which I would say is a much better thrash album than Bonded By Blood. To be honest, I think it's good but even Exodus did better than Bonded By Blood (I think Fabulous Disaster is better) and within the genre, for me there is a massive amount of better albums.


My thrash knowledge is pretty limited so I'm buying "the best of the best" only. Thanks for the info as well.


I don't think you could possibly be disappointed with this one if you like thrash, so enjoy your new albums To me the whole album would have to be as good as the title track and Piranha to be considered among the best ever (and even then not even close to being the single best). But in addition to that it never clicked with me in the way a lot of other albums did.
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04.09.2014 - 21:06
Rating: 9
moonflash
And then there were none...just beyond amazing. Absolutely intense album.
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16.04.2015 - 22:44
Rating: 10
Guib
Thrash Talker
Written by musicalkaratekid on 14.09.2011 at 03:16

This album is great,but i think its a little overrated. Im not doubting its one of the most influential thrash albums of all time,but lets not forget 'hell awaits' and 'kill 'em all',eh?


I would spin ''Bonded By Blood'' any time before ''Hell Awaits'' and ''Kill 'Em All''. No doubt.
And I don't think it's overrated at all, it deserves the praise it receives. But once again, that's just me.
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28.04.2015 - 01:56
Rating: 10
indexqwest
Written by Guib on 16.04.2015 at 22:44

Written by musicalkaratekid on 14.09.2011 at 03:16

This album is great,but i think its a little overrated. Im not doubting its one of the most influential thrash albums of all time,but lets not forget 'hell awaits' and 'kill 'em all',eh?


I would spin ''Bonded By Blood'' any time before ''Hell Awaits'' and ''Kill 'Em All''. No doubt.
And I don't think it's overrated at all, it deserves the praise it receives. But once again, that's just me.


Amen
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05.06.2017 - 23:14
VIG
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Classic thrash right here! It doesn't get much better than this
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31.07.2017 - 14:30
Rating: 9
AndreMarcos
Amazing record. Feels as fresh and aggressive today as it probably did back when it was first released
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26.10.2018 - 03:55
Rating: 9
DeathMetal
Great album. Had a lot of fun listening to this one.
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04.01.2019 - 15:35
Rating: 9
Maasai Mara
Yes Exodus you can kick me in the teeth, rape and murder my wife. Thee vocals are too clean, if they were rougher and meaner then this would belong to the pantheon of unholy thrash.
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03.04.2020 - 15:45
JoHn DoE
Excellent debut, always great to get back to it, very few thrash debuts are as good as this.
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12.08.2020 - 09:33
Rating: 9
Jope of Steele
Quality debut from the riff meisters. The whole album is pretty much one killer riff after another and the songwriting is close to best what can be expected from a thrash album. When the year of release is taken into account, the album sounds rather extreme for 85, much like Kill Em All was extreme for 83. The main reason I don't see the album as 10 is the fact that the vocals are kind of dogshit. Paul Baloff did rather unique vocals on the album, and as have been told, was an influential character to the bay area thrash. But I do think the vocals are only major weak point of the album.

"Bonded By Blood", "And Then There Were None" and "A Lesson In Violence" stand out as some of the best thrash songs ever heard
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12.08.2020 - 12:46
Rating: 8
gavdann
Good album but I've always struggled with the vocals (some songs more than others) and I do find it a bit one dimensional. I tend to pick my favourite individual tracks to play rather than the whole album. The Holt/Hunolt twin guitar attack is a massive highlight. If you looking for something which defines the classic thrash sound, this is an almost perfect example.
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12.08.2020 - 16:27
Rating: 10
Metal Rambo
This was the first thrash album I ever got, still one of the best. There are faster, more intense and heavier bands around, but the lovable fun loving bad to the bone headbanger personality present here is something even the band themselves have never managed to replicate or surpass. The songs here aren't necessarily the best ever, but the overall record is so likable and kickass, I don't even care.
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12.08.2020 - 22:35
Rating: 8
Redel
Written by gavdann on 12.08.2020 at 12:46

I do find it a bit one dimensional.

That it sure is. But, hey man, we are at Thrash Metal in the year 1985!
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12.08.2020 - 22:36
Rating: 8
Redel
Written by Metal Rambo on 12.08.2020 at 16:27

...but the lovable fun loving bad to the bone headbanger personality present here is something even the band themselves have never managed to replicate or surpass.
... the overall record is so likable and kickass, I don't even care.

that is well put, sir
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13.08.2020 - 09:31
Rating: 9
Jope of Steele
Written by gavdann on 12.08.2020 at 12:46

one dimensional


Exodus may be AC/DC of thrash metal, nobody should expect super complex songs from them, no prog songwriting. It's not an issue to me; I'm simple man, when I hear good riffs, I rate high
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