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I Object Anyway - 35%

DawnoftheShred, March 26th, 2011

Released during the period where Exodus still had misguided hopes of maintaining MTV approval following the minor popularity of their “Toxic Waltz” video, Objection Overruled was intended as a showcase for their new album Impact is Imminent. Unfortunately, it only managed to show how meager the band had become with Tom Hunting no longer in their midst, making the EP an unnecessary addition to anyone’s Exodus collection.

“Objection Overruled” is just a bit over par for what would be Impact is Imminent on a whole. Mid-paced and extremely repetitive (it feels like there’s exactly one riff and one beat throughout its entirety) with the sort of cliché socio-political lyrics you could expect for thrash of this period, this is Exodus at (almost) their most generic. It’s not much of an opener, but it stands a little better here than on the album proper as it’s not surrounded by other similar sounding tracks. Still a drag, though, and it looks like absolute shit compared to the other original track on here, “Changing of the Guard.” Again, it’s kind of ridiculous in its overly political content, but man does this track slay. Lots of tempo changes, Souza’s scathing vocal domination, and some of the sweetest, harmonic lead work ever produced by the band are to be found here, as well as a defiant energy that’s unfortunately rare on the album proper. Could’ve been on Fabulous Disaster, really.

But the ‘exclusive’ track, and the only reason to bother tracking this thing down in an average fan’s mind, is a rendition of Ted Nugent’s “Free for All.” I don’t know who it was that convinced Exodus that they’d be a great cover band, but they need to be flogged viciously with their own entrails. The cover is passable, but who cares? Was anyone really interested in hearing Exodus play classic rock songs when there’s a wealth of obscure material they could’ve been recording and releasing? Where the fuck is “Impaler?” Who cares if Kirk Hammett took some riffs from it, it still rules, much more so than anything Ted Nugent ever did. Sadly, Exodus would maintain an interest in such unnecessary cover tunes to this very day.

It’s a frustrating little EP, as there was better material that could have been included and most of that which is included happens to be more readily available. Don’t bother with it.