Shovel Headed Kill Machine

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Shovel Headed Kill Machine
Studio album by Exodus
Released October 4, 2005
Recorded Trident Studio in Pacheco, California
Genre Thrash metal
Length 52:53
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Gary Holt
Exodus chronology
Tempo of the Damned
Shovel Headed Kill Machine
The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1] 8.5/10 stars[2]
PopMatters 6/10[3]
Stylus Magazine B+[4]
Terrorizer 8.5/10[5]

Shovel Headed Kill Machine is the seventh studio album by the American thrash metal band Exodus, released on October 4, 2005 through Nuclear Blast. This album comes after a huge change in the band's lineup. Therefore, this is the first album to feature new vocalist Rob Dukes, after the departure of Steve "Zetro" Souza during the band's South American tour in support of the band's previous album Tempo of the Damned. It is also the band's first studio album not to feature Rick Hunolt on guitars, with Lee Altus as his replacement, and the only Exodus album to feature Paul Bostaph on drums after Tom Hunting's second departure as a result of the reoccurrence of the illness that prompted him to depart in 1989. Shovel Headed Kill Machine sold over 3,000 copies in its first week of release in the U.S.[6]


In a review in Terrorizer, the album was praised as "a tremendous effort in its own right and an air guitarist's wet dream".[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Raze" Dukes, Holt 4:17
2. "Deathamphetamine" Holt 8:31
3. "Karma's Messenger" Dukes, Holt 4:14
4. "Shudder to Think" Holt 4:48
5. "I Am Abomination" Holt 3:25
6. "Altered Boy" Holt 7:37
7. "Going Going Gone" Holt 4:59
8. "Now Thy Death Day Come" Holt 5:11
9. ".44 Magnum Opus" Holt 6:56
10. "Shovel Headed Kill Machine" Holt 2:57
Total length: 52:53



  • Produced by Gary Holt
  • Engineered by Juan Urteaga
  • Recorded at Trident Studio
  • Mixed and Mastered by Andy Sneap at Backstage Studios in Derby, UK
  • Management: Steven Warner
  • A&R: Jaap Wagemaker


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Alisoglu, Scott (25 September 2005). "Shovel Headed Kill Machine – EXODUS". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 
  3. ^ Begrand, Adrien (October 14, 2005). "Blood and Thunder: Regeneration". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 2005-12-11. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Exodus – Shovel Headed Kill Machine – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. 
  5. ^ a b Damien (November 2005). "Exodus: Shovel-Headed Kill Machine". Terrorizer (137): 74. 
  6. ^ October 12, 2005 (2005-10-12). "Soundscan Report: Deftones, Soulfly, Exodus, Nickelback". Retrieved 2017-01-24.