Exodus, 'Bonded by Blood' (1985)
I was looking through my records when I made this list and I was like, "Oh, Exodus." If I had to pick one record from Exodus to listen to the rest of my life, it'd be Bonded by Blood. I love Shovel Headed Kill Machine and The Atrocity Exhibition, but Bonded By Blood has just got great songs on it. "Strike of the Beast" is one of my favorite Exodus songs ever. So much so that one tour, we played it live.
We did the Ultimate Revenge with Exodus and Venom in 1985. I didn't hang a lot with [singer Paul] Baloff. I remember hanging with Gary Holt and probably Rick Hunolt. It was like we were the same band. Well, we were definitely darker than them, but we had very similar sound, very similar presence, very similar aggression. The songs are based on the same structure. They were from the Bay Area, we were from L.A. and we were just kind of brother bands.
There are just great songs on Bonded by Blood, like "Piranha," "Bonded by Blood," "And Then There Were None." They're all winners. There's nothing on here to skip. I will listen to that entire record from top to bottom.