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on 10 March 2006
The fourth Exodus album, Impact is Imminent is not as immediate as its awesome predecessor. The band took their new grooving sound and added a big dose of speed, resulting in a mix between Bonded by Blood and Fabulous Disaster... with an incredibly heavy guitar sound. The production is pretty decent and Steve's vocals are slightly harsher, however the songs are structured in such a way that they can take repeated listens to get familiar with, which can give a bad first impression. The album contains cheesy lyrics, muddy bass and some really standard drumming from new sticks-man John Tempesta.
However; the lead guitar work is excellent and the album does contain lots of quality guitar solos and a few really excellent riffs. Most people's problem with the album is that the it riffs away without evolving or being significantly inventive, however I find that the songs hold up well on their own and do not require a fresh angle. It's classic Exodus at its most...Exodus and I for one enjoy that.
Standout songs include the anti-drink driving Title Track, the speedy 'Thrash Under Pressure,' and the semi-epic 'Heads They Win (Tails They Lose)'