Fabulous Disaster

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Fabulous Disaster
Exodus - Fabulous Disaster.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 30, 1989[1]
RecordedSeptember–October 1988[2]
StudioAlpha & Omega Recording, San Francisco, California]], US
GenreThrash metal
LabelRelativity Records
Music for Nations
CBS Sony (Japan)
ProducerMarc Senesac
Gary Holt
Rick Hunolt
Exodus chronology
Pleasures of the Flesh
Fabulous Disaster
Impact Is Imminent

Fabulous Disaster is the third studio album by Exodus. It was released on January 30, 1989[1] on the UK label Music for Nations, while the US version was released on Combat/Relativity Records. In 1999, Century Media remastered and reissued the band's first three albums in Europe only.

Fabulous Disaster was Tom Hunting's last release with Exodus until the 1997 live album Another Lesson in Violence. Additionally, it was the first Exodus album not to feature a lineup change from after one consecutive studio album, and one of two albums to include two song covers (the other being 1992's Force of Habit).


Exodus toured for five months to promote Fabulous Disaster. The band embarked on a month-long European tour with Nuclear Assault and Acid Reign.[3] In the spring of 1989, Exodus landed a supporting slot for the Headbangers Ball tour with Anthrax and Helloween, exposing the band to a wide thrash metal audience. Exodus then embarked on another North American tour, which lasted from May to July 1989; supporting acts were Sick of It All, Faith or Fear, Forbidden, Dead Orchestra and Wehrmacht.[3] The band wrapped up the tour at The Fillmore on July 14, 1989; this show was recorded on the band's first live album Good Friendly Violent Fun, which was released two years later.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]

Fabulous Disaster received a positive review from AllMusic's Eduardo Rivadavia, who awarded the album four stars out of five, and stated that Exodus "went on to create their most diverse and carefully conceived effort yet, while remaining faithful to their no-frills thrash ethic." He then added that "the album represented the realization of their vision, as well as their commercial peak" but "still failed to gain them their well-deserved place alongside such thrash metal giants as Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer."[5]

Fabulous Disaster debuted at #82 on the Billboard 200.[7] No singles were released to promote the album, but the songs "Toxic Waltz" and "Low Rider" got regular airplay on radio stations, including Los Angeles, California radio station KNAC.[8] A video was made for "The Toxic Waltz", which received a good amount of airplay on MTV's Headbanger's Ball.

Track listing[edit]

All music is composed by Gary Holt, except where noted.

1."The Last Act of Defiance" 4:44
2."Fabulous Disaster" 4:54
3."The Toxic Waltz" 4:51
4."Low Rider" (War cover)War, Jerry Goldstein2:48
5."Cajun Hell" 6:05
6."Like Father, Like Son" 8:11
7."Corruption" 5:46
8."Verbal Razors" 4:07
9."Open Season" 3:54
Total length:50:47
Bonus track on CD and Black on Black vinyl issues
10."Overdose" (AC/DC cover)Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Bon Scott5:31



Additional personnel[edit]

  • Dov Christopher – intro vocals on track 1, harmonica on track 5
  • Brian Mantilla – additional percussion on track 4


  • Arranged By Exodus
  • Produced & mixed By Gary Holt, Rick Hunolt & Marc Senesac; mix assistant:Chad Munsey
  • Recorded & engineered By Marc Senesac & David Plank
  • Mastered By Bernie Grundman


Chart (1989) Peak
US Billboard 200[9] 82

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Exodus". Metallipromo.com. Retrieved 2012-12-26.
  2. ^ "Exodus – Biography – Bonded By Blood – Gary Holt – Paul Baloff – Kirk Hammett". fullinbloommusic.com. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  3. ^ a b "Exodus Shows". Metallipromo. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  4. ^ Good Friendly Violent Fun (liner notes). Exodus. US: Relativity Records. 1991. 88561-2026-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Exodus Fabulous Disaster review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  6. ^ Kaye, Don (14 Jan 1989). "Fab-Dabidozi!". Kerrang!. 221. London, UK: Spotlight Publications Ltd. p. 23.
  7. ^ Fabulous Disaster – Exodus – Awards
  8. ^ "KNAC A to Z Listing". KNAC Tribute. Archived from the original on 2013-02-16. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  9. ^ "Exodus Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.