Sound: Bonded by Blood has returned with an album that truly separates them from other fellow Thrash Metal Revivalists. When Bonded by Blood released their first album Feed the Beast, we all simply got a taste of what BBB has to offer, not to mention the album as a whole felt a little bit like an old Exodus album. This however, is not the case with Exiled to Earth. This album is insanely impressive musically, and conceptually because yes, this is a concept album, a very interesting one. Guitarists Alex lee and Juan Juarez shred up a storm on this album, bringing some of the most fantastic guitar solos and innovative riffs heard in a while. Although this album does not divert much instrumentally from what they had done on there first effort (besides FANTASTIC mixing quality) where the real impressive change is, is in the vocals... // 8
Lyrics: On Feed the Beast, vocalist Jose "Aladdin" Barrales was both praised and criticized for his vocal delivery, being both fun and aggressive, although at times silly and comical. On Exiled to Earth, it seems Aladdin has truly found where his voice should be, as he has used a perfect blend of what he had, and this new grittiness he has discovered to bring more thrashy aggressiveness to his voice.
Lyrically, the album is quite impressive. No, none of it is poetic, it's thrash. However, the album is a concept album set in future Earth when an uprising of cyborgs who had gone undercover as humans has been reckoned with, by the Earths rebellion (apparently leaded by Bonded by Blood, of course). The songs all have very creative lyrics and there are a LOT of lyrics to read. Each song reads like an essay, and sets up a great image that is easy to follow. All in all, the albums lyrics are awesome, but not outstanding. // 9
Overall Impression: Exiled to Earth is an album that will go down in this Thrash Metal Revival as one of the most important. Whereas fellow revivalists Evile have taken a darker turn, and Municipal Waste have gone back to a more Crossover Thrash sound, Bonded by Blood is still shooting down the middle with straight up, old school thrash. Something necessary in today's metal community. All of these guys are young and in there prime, so there are many more albums to come, and I for one can't wait.
Whom this is for: Fans of thrash, fun music, party music, fast music.
Whom this is NOT for: Those who don't like Aladdin's wacky voice, fans of slower music, fans of ambiance in songs.
Last Word: The album is fantastic, I love it, and feel that accompanied by impressive studio quality, I will not grow tired of this album any time soon. It's Thrash baby! // 8