Pleasures of the Flesh

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Pleasures of the Flesh
Exodus - Pleasures of the Flesh.jpg
Studio album by Exodus
Released October 7, 1987[1]
Recorded 1987 at Alpha-Omega, San Francisco, California
Genre Thrash metal
Length 46:15
Label Combat
Century Media
CBS Sony (Japan)
Producer Exodus
Marc Senesac
Mark Whitaker (Drum Tracks)
Exodus chronology
Bonded by Blood
Pleasures of the Flesh
Fabulous Disaster
Original Cover for Pleasures of the Flesh

Pleasures of the Flesh is the second album by the American thrash metal band Exodus. Released in 1987, it is the group's first album to feature Steve Souza on vocals. The record was remastered and re-issued by Century Media in 1998 for distribution in Europe only.


Pleasures of the Flesh was to originally feature cover art with an illustration of the band depicted as cannibals preparing and eating their meal. However, prior to release, the cover was replaced with a photo of the group members leaning on a bar. Just before the record's issuance, the original album cover was promoted by the record company in music magazines with the headline "Metal's Heaviest Meal". It was also available as a limited edition picture disc LP.

The writing and recording sessions for Pleasures of the Flesh took two years to complete.[2] The album's release was delayed numerous times when Exodus continued touring in support of Bonded by Blood, and singer Paul Baloff had left the band just prior to the recording sessions, which began in 1987. There are several demos of songs from the album with Baloff circulating on the internet. Although he did not perform on the album, Baloff was credited on the tracks "Seeds of Hate", "Pleasures of the Flesh" and "Brain Dead".

Following the release of Pleasures of the Flesh, Exodus toured for less than a year to promote it. They embarked on a month-long U.S. tour with Celtic Frost and Anthrax. The band toured the U.S. again in January and February 1988, this time with M.O.D. as a supporting act, which was followed three months later by a European tour with Lääz Rockit.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[4]

Pleasures of the Flesh received a negative review from Allmusic's Eduardo Rivadavia, who awarded the album two stars out of five, and called it a "very disappointing release." He added that the album "left little hope for the future, but incredibly, Exodus would rebound with excellent results on 1989's Fabulous Disaster."[4]

Pleasures of the Flesh would also enter the Billboard 200.[5] The album itself peaked at #82.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Deranged" Holt, Souza 3:46
2. "'Til Death Do Us Part" Holt, Souza 4:50
3. "Parasite" Holt, Souza 4:55
4. "Brain Dead" Baloff, Holt 4:15
5. "Faster than You'll Ever Live to Be" Holt, Souza 4:26
6. "Pleasures of the Flesh" Baloff, Holt 7:37
7. "30 Seconds" Holt, Souza 0:40
8. "Seeds of Hate" Baloff, Holt 4:57
9. "Chemi-Kill" Holt, Souza 5:46
10. "Choose Your Weapon" Holt, Souza 4:52
Limited Edition and Japanese Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Chemi-Kill" (Live) 5:44
12. "'Til Death Do Us Part" (Live) 4:38
13. "Brain Dead" (Live) 4:29
14. "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Young/Young/Scott)" (Live, AC/DC cover) 4:15

Band Line-Up[edit]


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1987 The Billboard 200 82


  • Produced by Exodus and Marc Senasac (except Drum Tracks produced by Marc Whitaker)
  • Recorded and Mixed at Alpha-Omega, SF
  • Engineered by Marc Senasac and Sylvia Massey
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman, LA