Slaughter in the Vatican

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Slaughter in the Vatican
Exhorder - Slaughter in the Vatican.jpg
Studio album by Exhorder
Released October 23, 1990[1]
Recorded December 1989 – August 1990 at Morrisound Recording, Tampa, Florida[2]
Genre Groove metal, thrash metal
Length 41:27
Label Roadrunner
Producer Scott Burns, Exhorder
Exhorder chronology
Get Rude
(1986)Get Rude1986
Slaughter in the Vatican
The Law
(1992)The Law1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard (de) 9/10[3]

Slaughter in the Vatican is the debut studio album by American heavy metal band Exhorder, released on October 23, 1990 through Roadrunner Records.[1] It was reissued by Roadrunner in 2003 in a double disc package with The Law, and reissued again in 2008.

The album saw the band compared with Pantera, with AllMusic commenting on the album's "death metal-style double kick drums, chugging guitar riffs played at both slow and blistering tempos, and, to top it all off, the gruff but very expressive lead vocals of frontman Kyle Thomas".[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Death In Vain" Kyle Thomas, Vinnie LaBella, Chris Nail 5:30
2. "Homicide" LaBella, Nail, Jay Ceravolo 3:12
3. "Desecrator" Thomas, Ceravolo, LaBella, Nail 6:08
4. "Exhorder" Thomas, Ceravolo, LaBella, Nail 5:10
5. "The Tragic Period" Thomas, Ceravolo, LaBella, Nail 7:05
6. "Legions of Death" Thomas, Ceravolo, LaBella, Nail 4:30
7. "Anal Lust" LaBella, Nail 2:34
8. "Slaughter in the Vatican" Thomas, LaBella, Nail 7:19
Total length: 41:27


  • Kyle Thomas - Vocals
  • Jay Ceravolo - Guitars, bass
  • Vinnie LaBella - Guitars, bass
  • Chris Nail - Drums


  • Arranged By Exhorder
  • Produced By Exhorder & Scott Burns
  • Recorded & Mixed By Scott Burns (at Morrisound Recording, Tampa)
  • Mastered By Mike Fuller at Fullersound (Miami)
  • All Songs Published By Roadrunner Music Publishing
  • Photography By Kurt Coste; Artwork & Illustrations By Kent Mathieu


  1. ^ a b c d Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Slaughter in the Vatican - Exhorder". AllMusic. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ Slaughter in the Vatican (CD booklet). Exhorder. New York, NY: Roadrunner Records. 1990. RCD 9363. 
  3. ^ Albrecht, Frank. "Rock Hard review". issue 44. Retrieved 8 June 2013.