"Fabulous Disaster" is the third album by Exodus. UK label Music for Nations released the album in 1988, but in the USA, it was released in January 1989 by Combat/Relativity Records. In 1999, Century media remastered and reissued the band's first three albums in Europe only. This was Tom Hunting's last album with Exodus .


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Album Description:

Released in 1988 by UK label Music for Nations and later in the USA by Combat/Relativity Records in January 1989, "Fabulous Disaster" is the third studio album by the iconic American thrash metal band Exodus. It marked a significant milestone for the band as it was the last album to feature drummer Tom Hunting, making it a bittersweet moment for both the band and their dedicated fanbase.

The album holds a special place in the hearts of thrash metal enthusiasts and is often regarded as one of Exodus' finest works. Combining their trademark aggressive sound with powerful riffs, intense drumming, and Steve Souza's distinct vocals, "Fabulous Disaster" is a relentless onslaught of pure thrash metal fury that showcases the band's technical prowess and uncompromising attitude.

One of the standout tracks on the album is "Low Rider", a cover of the classic song. Exodus infuses their own thrash metal energy into the track, giving it a unique and exhilarating twist. Fans of both Exodus and the iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong will undoubtedly find this rendition a delightful addition to their music collection.

Recorded in 1988 at Alpha & Omega Recording in San Francisco, California, "Fabulous Disaster" boasts a stellar production team. Marc Senesac and David Plank handled the recording duties, capturing the raw intensity of Exodus' performance. The album was produced and mixed by Marc Senesac, Gary Holt, and Rick Hunolt, with mixing assistance from Chad Munsey at Different Fur Studios, also in San Francisco. The final touch came from the legendary Bernie Grundman, who mastered the album at his studio in Los Angeles, California.

With its aggressive and energetic sound, "Fabulous Disaster" delivers a sonic assault that exemplifies the essence of thrash metal. The album showcases the guitar wizardry of Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt, who trade blistering solos and deliver thunderous riffs throughout the record. The rhythm section, consisting of Rob McKillop on bass and Tom Hunting on drums, lays down a solid foundation that drives the music forward with relentless power.

"Fabulous Disaster" is a testament to Exodus' songwriting prowess, as the band tackles a wide range of themes in their lyrics. From social and political commentary to personal struggles and introspection, the album dives deep into the human experience with unfiltered honesty. This raw and authentic approach to lyricism resonates with listeners and adds another layer of depth to the music.

The album cover artwork, featuring a nuclear explosion and a gas mask-wearing skull, perfectly complements the intense and apocalyptic atmosphere of the music. It captures the essence of the thrash metal movement of the '80s, reflecting the band's uncompromising and rebellious spirit.

"Fabulous Disaster" is a true gem in the thrash metal genre, standing the test of time as a testament to Exodus' talent and influence. The album's impact continues to reverberate through the metal community, inspiring new generations of musicians and reminding fans why Exodus remains one of the most respected bands in the genre.


The track "Low Rider" is a must for all fans of Cheech & Chong  

Music Genre:

  Speed Thrash Metal Music 

Collector's info:

  This album includes the original green custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by Exodus and photos.

Production Information:

Recorded in 1988 by Marc Senesac and David Plank at Alpha & Omega Recording, San Francisco, California, USA

Produced and mixed by Marc Senesac, Gary Holt, and Rick Hunolt

Mixed at Different Fur Studios, San Francisco, California, USA

Mixing assisted by Chad Munsey

Mastered by Bernie Grundman, Los Angeles, California, USA

Bernie Grundman is a renowned Mastering Engineer hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. With an illustrious career spanning several decades, he has achieved remarkable success in the music industry. Born with an innate passion for music and a keen ear for detail, Grundman has left an indelible mark on the field of audio mastering.


Grundman's journey into the world of music began in the early 1980s when he established his own mastering studio in Hollywood, California. It was during this time that he cemented his reputation as a go-to engineer for heavy metal albums. From 1982 to 1990, Grundman lent his expertise to numerous heavy metal projects, skillfully mastering dozens of albums that defined the genre's sound during that era.

His work with heavy metal artists showcased his ability to capture the raw energy and power of the music, while maintaining clarity and fidelity. Grundman's mastering techniques brought out the full sonic potential of each album, elevating them to new heights and contributing to their commercial success.

As his talent became recognized, Bernie Grundman had the opportunity to collaborate with a multitude of renowned musicians across various genres. His mastering prowess was sought after by a diverse range of artists, including rock, pop, jazz, and classical musicians. Through his meticulous attention to detail and technical expertise, he added the final polish to their recordings, enhancing the overall listening experience for fans around the world.

Grundman's discography boasts an impressive list of hit albums, with his name appearing in the credits of numerous iconic releases. His contributions have been instrumental in shaping the sound of some of the most influential records of our time. From acclaimed bands to chart-topping solo artists, Grundman's work has left an indelible impact on the music industry.

Bernie Grundman's mastering studio has become synonymous with excellence and has earned a reputation as one of the best facilities in the industry. Musicians and record labels alike recognize the exceptional quality and meticulous attention to detail that Grundman and his team bring to every project. His dedication to achieving sonic perfection and his commitment to maintaining the artistic vision of the artists he works with have made him highly respected among his peers.

Throughout his career, Bernie Grundman has received numerous accolades for his contributions to the music industry. He is the recipient of several Grammy Awards, recognizing his exceptional skills as a mastering engineer. These accolades further solidify his status as a true pioneer in the field and underscore his unwavering commitment to excellence.

Beyond his technical prowess, Grundman's success can be attributed to his genuine love for music and his unwavering passion for his craft. His dedication to his work has allowed him to forge lasting relationships with artists, fostering an environment of trust and collaboration in the studio.

As a master of his trade, Bernie Grundman continues to inspire and influence aspiring engineers and musicians worldwide. His legacy is one of innovation, expertise, and an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of sonic perfection. Today, his name remains synonymous with exceptional audio quality, and his contributions to the music industry will continue to resonate for generations to come.

Record Label Information:

  Music for Nations MFN 90 Feeding Frenzy Music  

Media Format:

  12" LP Vinyl Gramophone Record 

Year & Country:

  1988 Made in France  
Band Members and Musicians on: Exodus Fabulous Disaster
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Steve Souza vocals
  • Gary Holt guitar
  • Rick Hunolt guitar
  • Rob McKillop bass
  • Tom Hunting drums
  • Brian Mantilla additional percussion on Low Rider
  • Dov Christopher
Track Listing of: Exodus Fabulous Disaster
  • The Last Act of Defiance 4:38
  • Fabulous Disaster 4:49
  • The Toxic Waltz 4:45
  • Low Rider (Allen, Brown, Dickerson, Goldstein, Jordan, Leviton, Miller, Scott) 2:44
  • Cajun Hell 5:58
  • Like Father, Like Son 7:58
  • Corruption 5:44
  • Verbal Razors 4:01
  • Open Season 3:51
Album cover photos of : Exodus Fabulous Disaster

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Hires photo of the custom inner sleeve with photos of the Exodus band-members

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Index of EXODUS ( USA ) Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery

EXODUS - Bonded By Blood (1985, France) 12" Vinyl LP  
EXODUS - Bonded By Blood (1985, France)  album front cover vinyl record

 Music For Nations – MFN 44 , 1985 , France

"Bonded By Blood" immediately made waves in the metal community and earned Exodus a dedicated fan base. The album was a testament to the band's raw energy, aggression, and technical prowess.

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EXODUS - Bonded By Blood (1985, Netherlands) 12" Vinyl LP
EXODUS - Bonded By Blood (1985, Netherlands)  album front cover vinyl record

 Music For Nations RR 9787 , 1985 , Holland

Kirk Hammett left Exodus to join Metallica before the recording of "Bonded by Blood". Hammett did contribute to the songwriting on some of the tracks on the album,

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EXODUS - Fabulous Disaster (1988, New Musidisc, France) 12" Vinyl LP
EXODUS - Fabulous Disaster (1988, New Musidisc, France)  album front cover vinyl record

N.E.W. Musidisc 102541   , 1988 , France

  This is the French version on the "New Musidisc" label and includes the original black/white photo inner sleeve. The record label is black with silver lettering.

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EXODUS - Fabulous Disaster (1988, MFN France) 12" Vinyl LP
EXODUS - Fabulous Disaster (1988, France) album front cover vinyl record

  Music for Nations MFN 90 Feeding Frenzy Music   , 1988 , France

One of the standout tracks on the album is "Low Rider", a cover of the classic song. Fans of both Exodus and the iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong will undoubtedly find this rendition a delightful addition to their music collection.

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EXODUS - Pleasures of the Flesh (1987, England) 12" Vinyl LP
EXODUS - Pleasures of the Flesh (1987, England)  album front cover vinyl record

Music For Nations MFN 77 , 1987 , England

The album became a milestone in Exodus's journey, exposing their raw, unbridled thrash to an audience hungry for the intensity and aggression that defined the genre.

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