Exhorder – Defectum Omnium

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Exhorder was formed in 1985 in New Orleans and have been credited for originating the “groove metal” sound that influenced bands like Pantera, White Zombie, etc. That fact is ever present across their upcoming fourth album, Defectum Omnium, which will be released on March 8th, 2024 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Genres: Groove Metal, Heavy Metal

Artist: Exhorder

Release Name: Defectum Omnium

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Release Date: March 8th, 2024

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Written By: Tom Hanno/Tom’s Reviews

Defectum Omnium is one hell of an album, one that also serves as the recording debut of ex-Cannibal Corpse guitarist, Pat O’brien. Pat, along with founding vocalist/guitarist Kyle Thomas, bassist Jason VieBrooks, and drummer Sasha Horn have created an album that is full of heavy grooves that lie in a foundation of Thrash Metal intensity. I asked Jason about the extent of Pat’s recording, and he told me the following …

“He did all the solos, and Kyle and I did the rhythm tracks. The acoustic piece is all written and played by me, go figure, a fucking bass player 😂.”

Defectum Omnium is an album that, in my opinion, is the best thing that Exhorder has done to date. One of the main reasons for that claim is the vocal work of Kyle Thomas, and I’ll be very surprised if I’m the only one to say that. In the 90s he and Phil Anselmo sounded quite similar to each other, but this album shows all of the sides of Kyle’s vocal approach.

The album opens up with a powerhouse called “Wrath Of Prophecies”, and what a way to kick things off. Kyle sounds phenomenal, even conjuring a bit of Tom Araya, which suits the track perfectly, as parts of the music sound like Slayer diving into Groove Metal while busting heads with their ferocious attack.

My favorite track on the album is “The Tale Of Unsound Minds”, and is precisely what I’m talking about when I say that the vocals are next level. There’s touches of Dio, Sebastian Bach, and many other influences in the way Kyle approached this song, but it is still undeniably him too. The music is also incredible, light and heavy all at the same time, and the riffs are groove heavy excellence. This is hands down the best track on the record.

“Year Of The Goat” was the first single, and it is everything that Metal fans want to hear. I was a little weirded by the intro bit, as it is lower in volume than the rest of the track; it had me checking my headphones and turning the volume up, then it slams into full gear and everything is right with the world again. The riffs in this are badass too, pure Exhorder in their style and execution, and I’m sure that many people will compare the track to Down, Pantera, Slayer and more. The intro actually reminded me of the first Superjoint Ritual album a little too, but this song is neck snapping badassery from start to finish, no matter what comparisons are made.

Immediately after “Y.O.T.G” is “Taken By Flames”, and while the first section is not as fast as some of the other songs, it still begins with the perfect tone and vibe. The song soon picks up tempo, and you can hear a bit of Iron Maiden in the riffs, as well as in parts of the vocals as well. This is yet another stellar performance by the entire band, and comes in as my second favorite of the 12 songs.

Other Standouts: “Under The Gaslight”, “Sedition”, and “Defectum Omnium/Stolen Hope”

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