Exhibit B: The Human Condition

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Exhibit B: The Human Condition
Studio album by Exodus
Released 7 May 2010
Recorded December 2009[1]
Genre Thrash metal
Length 78:31
74:24 (without 13th track)
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Andy Sneap
Exodus chronology
Let There Be Blood
(2008)
Exhibit B: The Human Condition
(2010)
Blood In, Blood Out
(2014)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
AltSounds (90%)[4]
Guardian.co.uk 4/5 stars[5]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[6]

Exhibit B: The Human Condition is the ninth studio album by thrash metal band Exodus. The album picks up after The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A, continuing with long, epic songs (averaging around 6 minutes) with darker themes centered on war, death, society, politics and religion. It was released on 7 May 2010 in Europe and was released on 18 May 2010 in the United States. It debuted at number 114 on the Billboard 200.[7][8] Additionally, Exhibit B was Exodus' first studio album since 1989's Fabulous Disaster not to feature a lineup change from the preceding album. It sold around 4,600 copies in its first week of release in the U.S.[9] Exhibit B is Exodus' last album with vocalist Rob Dukes, who was fired in June 2014,[10] although he was still part of the band when the songwriting sessions for Blood In, Blood Out began.

Cover art[edit]

Gary Holt has said about what the band was looking to capture art-wise:

"We wanted to portray the violence of man at its finest, so we started with our own version of the Leonardo da Vinci sketch of Vitruvian Man, but done the ‘EXODUS’ way! I was pointed in the direction of Colin Larks of Rainsong Design for the cover and he killed it! To me, the artwork represents man and his affinity for bloodshed, ignorance, and all-around ability to be led like sheep to the slaughter. The image fits the songs on this record perfectly. The whole layout is going to be as sick as the record itself!"[1]

Lyrical themes[edit]

The album displays a variety of lyrical themes, but is almost entirely focused on dark and depressing topics. Government is a recurring theme with "Downfall" describing the fall of major world governments through war and recession,[11] and "March of the Sycophants" describing the hypocrisy of Christian conservatives.[12] Some songs focus on tragic events such as the Nanking Massacre in "Nanking"[12] and the killings carried out by Leonard Lake and Charles Ng in "The Ballad of Leonard and Charles".[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Ballad of Leonard and Charles"   Altus, Dukes 7:14
2. "Beyond the Pale"   Holt 7:40
3. "Hammer and Life"   Holt 3:31
4. "Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)"   Holt 7:15
5. "Downfall"   Holt 6:22
6. "March of the Sycophants"   Holt 6:45
7. "Nanking"   Holt 7:22
8. "Burn, Hollywood, Burn"   Holt 4:05
9. "Democide"   Altus, Dukes 6:36
10. "The Sun Is My Destroyer"   Holt 9:33
11. "A Perpetual State of Indifference" (Instrumental) Holt 2:25
12. "Good Riddance"   Holt 5:33
13. "Devil's Teeth" (bonus track) Holt 4:13
Total length:
78:31

Charts and certifications[edit]