2021 Best of Metal: #7 Exodus-Persona Non Grata

Image 1 - Exodus Persona Non Grata 12x12 Album Cover Replica Poster Print

Origin: Richmond, CA

Release date: 11/19/2021

Personnel: Steve “Zetro” Souza-vox, Gary Holt-guitar, Lee Altus-guitar, Jack Gibson-bass, Tom Hunting-drums

Exodus is like comfort food for me. After years of being away due to Gary Holt’s manning a spot during Slayer’s last touring run, he was finally able to focus his energies back into his main gig. I have always loved these guys and feel like they’ve always been unfairly overshadowed by the so-called Big 4 of thrash. An Exodus album is first and foremost about the crunchiest and most blistering riffs you’ll ever hear. Persona Non Grata delivers them in spades. Lyrically, the guys are as pissed as ever. This was a good album to have come out this year.

4.5 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

7. Exodus-Persona Non Grata
8. Khemmis-Deceiver
9. Carcass-Torn Arteries
10. Omnium Gatherum-Origin
11. Be’Lakor-Coherence
12. Hooded Menace-The Tritonus Bell
13. Quicksand-Distant Populations
14. Harakiri For the Sky-Maere
15. Converge and Chelsea Wolfe-Bloodmoon: I
16. At The Gates-The Nightmare of Being
17. The Vintage Caravan-Monuments
18. Nervosa-Perpetual Chaos
19. Baest-Necro Sapiens
20. Agrypnie-Metamorphosis