The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A

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The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A
Exodus Exhibit.jpg
Studio album by Exodus
Released October 26, 2007[1]
Recorded Sharkbite Studios
Genre Thrash metal
Length 71:44
61:28 (w/o silence)
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Andy Sneap
Exodus chronology
Shovel Headed Kill Machine
The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A
Let There Be Blood

For other uses, see Atrocity Exhibition (disambiguation).

The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A is the eighth studio album by thrash metal band Exodus, released on October 26, 2007.[1] This is the second album to feature Rob Dukes on vocals and Lee Altus on guitars, but it also marks the second comeback of longtime original Exodus drummer Tom Hunting.[1] Hunting's last appearance was on Exodus's 2004 album Tempo of the Damned.


The album takes its name from an experimental novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard published in 1970.[citation needed] The name of the album is the same as a planned album that was to be released by the Los Angeles thrash metal outfit Dark Angel in 1992. Guitarist Gary Holt has stated it is named "Exhibit A" because Exodus had planned to release a follow up Exhibit B album soon afterward, although that album was not released until 2010.

Release and reception[edit]

On October 17, 2007 the entire album was uploaded on the band's MySpace page, however, many of the people that pre-ordered the album from CM Distro received it on October 19. The single released from the album was "Funeral Hymn". There was also a music video released for "Riot Act".[2] The song "Riot Act" was released as DLC for the video game Rock Band 2 via the Rock Band Network on June 6, 2010.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4.5/5 stars[3]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4] 8/10 stars[5]

The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A was well received by the Metal press.[5][6][7]

Exhibit A sold 3,600 copies in its first week of release in the U.S.,[8] and as of November 2008 had sold 22,000 copies in the U.S.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Call to Arms" Holt 1:33
2. "Riot Act" Holt 3:37
3. "Funeral Hymn" Holt 8:38
4. "Children of a Worthless God" Altus, Dukes, Holt 8:25
5. "As It Was, As It Soon Shall Be" Holt 5:16
6. "The Atrocity Exhibition" Holt 10:33
7. "Iconoclasm" Holt 7:54
8. "The Garden of Bleeding" Holt 5:49
9. "Bedlam 1-2-3" Holt 19:51
Total length: 71:44


The song "Bedlam 1-2-3" ends at 7:57, from minute 7:02 to 7:57 there is an outro which is also used as the intro of the following album's lead-off track "The Ballad of Leonard and Charles"; followed by 10 mins. 10 secs. of total silence. At 18:08, an extremely country-influenced version of the band's classic song "Bonded by Blood" begins. Due to the extremely country sound of the song, it was nicknamed "Bonded by Banjo" and is also sometimes referred to as "Banjoed by Blood." The country-influenced version of "Bonded by Blood" also plays during the credits of the band's Wacken 2008 performance on the Shovel Headed Tour Machine: Live at Wacken & Other Assorted Atrocities live DVD.

The song ends with a "Yeehaw!" heard in the background followed by an untitled 6 second hidden track in which the listener can hear someone screaming "That was some heavy shit!". The exact breakdown of the 19:51 track is as follows:

  • "Bedlam 1-2-3": 0:00 – 7:57
  • Silence: 7:58 – 18:07
  • "Bonded By Banjo": 18:08 – 19:51



  1. ^ a b c "The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A". Nuclear Blast. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Exodus – Tour 2011". 2011-08-05. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  3. ^ "Exodus - The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A Review". 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ a b Bergman, Keith. "CD Reviews - The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A Exodus". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  6. ^ "CoC : Exodus – The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A : Review". Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  7. ^ Yiannis D (November 26, 2007). "Exodus - The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A (Review)". Archived from the original on March 7, 2008. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  8. ^ "Exodus: 'The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A' Lands On German Chart". Blabbermouth. 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  9. ^ "Exodus: 'Let There Be Blood' First-Week Sales Revealed". Blabbermouth. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2014-06-19.