Exhorder, Take Offense, Extinction A.D., Plague Years, Runescarred
“To be 100 percent honest, without people connected to this album, there’s no need to tour in tribute to it.”
Obvious enough, this assessment from singer Kyle Thomas, Exhorder constant since 1985 alongside guitarist Vinnie LaBella, but what lends any thrash metal disc longevity? The New Orleans blasphemers’ full-length bow, 1990’s Slaughter in the Vatican, barks and bursts as rabid as the band’s West Coast peers/progenitors. Lined with punk and hardcore, its gnarly, rodeo-bull riffs ride the lightning, while Thomas exhorts homicide: “Desecration’s my greatest pleasure in life/ Your children will be my sacrifice.”
“We’re playing the album in its entirety, yes, but we’re throwing in extra songs to make it worth everyone’s while,” emails the frontman on Thanksgiving. “Also, as always, I talk a lot between songs, haha! Usually, I’m giving snippets of history fans might find intriguing. Otherwise, you may as well just stay home and listen to the albums.”
27 years passed between sophomore LP The Law and righteous 2019 Exhorder comeback Mourn the Southern Skies, whose thicker, deeper girth sideswiped Come & Take It Live with Kataklysm that same year.
“A long pause in touring, including a full European headlining tour canceled, really tough,” admits Thomas. “The good news is we worked really hard on new material during the lull. I think we’re going to be okay.”– Raoul Hernandez