Exhorder - Slaughter In The Vatican
Exhorderís masterpiece ďSlaughter In The VaticanĒ is a celebration of the almighty riff, right in the sweet spot between the speed worship of 80ís thrash and the groove-orientation that came to define a lot of 90ís metal. The sound is bone-dry, razor-sharp and ultra-aggressive - speak: perfect for their style. There were a lot of issues surrounding the release of this album making you wonder if Exhorder could have exploded commercially like Pantera did with the proper support. It would have been deserved. Even though that didnít happen, this album rightfully became a cult classic, inspiring many bands that pushed thrash metal into the new century.