Exhorder, the thrash and groove trailblazers, return in 2024 with their highly anticipated fourth full-length album, Defectum Omnium, a relentless onslaught of twelve crushing tracks that reaffirm the band’s position at the forefront of Americanheavy metal. With ominous cover artwork by Travis Smith (known for his work with Katatonia and Opeth), this album promises a visceral journey through the depths of Exhorder’s sonic landscape.

From the opening track, Wrath of Prophecies, Exhorder wastes no time in unleashing their trademark aggression and intensity. The relentless barrage of riffs, thunderous percussion, and Kyle Thomas‘ distinctive vocals immediately grabs the listener’s attention, setting the stage for what’s to come.

Throughout Defectum Omnium, Exhorder effortlessly blend elements of thrash, groove, and doom metal, creating a sonic tapestry that is both diverse and cohesive. Tracks like Under the Gaslight and Forever and Beyond Despair showcase the band’s enduring ability to seamlessly fuse off-kilter melodies to bone crushing rifferama, while Year of the Goat pays homage to the band’s punk and hardcore roots with its fast-paced, churning riffs and rebellious attitude.

One of the album’s standout moments is the epic Defectum Omnium / Stolen Hope, a sprawling opus that exemplifies Exhorder’s songwriting prowess and musical ambition. Clocking in at over seven minutes, the track takes the listener on a journey through soaring melodies, crushing riffs, and haunting atmospheres, culminating in a cathartic climax that leaves a lasting impression.

Lyrically, Defectum Omnium explores themes of existential angst, societal decay, and the human condition with unflinching honesty: The Tale of Unsound Minds and Sedition confront the darkness that lurks within the human psyche, offering a stark commentary on the state of the world.

Production-wise, Defectum Omnium is nothing short of stellar. The album’s sound is massive and immersive, with every instrument and vocal line coming through with crystal clarity. The guest appearances by Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin from Trouble on “Defectum Omnium / Stolen Hope” add an extra layer of depth and complexity to the album, showcasing Exhorder’s willingness to push the boundaries of their sound.

In conclusion, Defectum Omnium is a tour de force that solidifies Exhorder’s status as one of the most important bands in modern metal. With this album, the band proves that they are not content to rest on their laurels but are instead committed to pushing the boundaries of their sound while staying true to their roots. For fans of heavy music, Defectum Omnium is a must-listen, offering a thrilling sonic journey that leaves a lasting impact long after the final notes have faded away.

Defectum Omnium releases on March 8th.