| January 30, 1989|
30 January 1989
Music for Nations
| September–October 1988|
| Alpha & Omega Recording, San Francisco, California, USA|
Impact Is Imminent
Exodus albums, Thrash metal albums
Fabulous Disaster is the third album by Exodus. It was released on January 30, 1989 on the UK label Music for Nations, while the US version was released on Combat/Relativity Records. In 1999, Century Media remastered and reissued the band's first three albums in Europe only.
Fabulous Disaster was Tom Hunting's last release with Exodus until the 1997 live album Another Lesson in Violence. Additionally, it was the first Exodus album not to feature a lineup change from after one consecutive studio album, and the band's first not to have an alternative cover.
Fabulous Disaster received a positive review from Allmusic's Eduardo Rivadavia, who awarded the album four stars out of five, and stated that Exodus "went on to create their most diverse and carefully conceived effort yet, while remaining faithful to their no-frills thrash ethic." He then added that "the album represented the realization of their vision, as well as their commercial peak" but "still failed to gain them their well-deserved place alongside such thrash metal giants as Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer."
Fabulous Disaster debuted at #82 on the Billboard 200. No singles were released to promote the album, but the songs "Toxic Waltz" and "Low Rider" got regular airplay on radio stations, including Los Angeles, California radio station KNAC. A video was made for "The Toxic Waltz", which received a good amount of airplay on MTV's Headbanger's Ball.
Exodus toured for five months to promote Fabulous Disaster. The band embarked on a month-long European tour with Nuclear Assault and Acid Reign. In the spring of 1989, Exodus landed a supporting slot for the Headbangers Ball tour with Anthrax and Helloween, exposing the band to a wide thrash metal audience. Exodus then embarked on another North American tour, which lasted from May to July 1989; supporting acts were Sick of It All, Faith or Fear, Forbidden, Dead Orchestra and Wehrmacht. The band wrapped up the tour at The Fillmore on July 14, 1989; this show was recorded on the band's first live album Good Friendly Violent Fun, which was released two years later.
All music composed by Gary Holt, except where noted.
Another edition including tracks
11 Fabulous Disaster (Live) 12 Toxic Waltz (Live) 13 Cajun Hell (Live) 14 Corruption (Live)
Steve "Zetro" Souza – vocals
Gary Holt – lead and rhythm guitars
Rick Hunolt – lead and rhythm guitars
Rob McKillop – bass
Tom Hunting – drums
Dov Christopher – Intro Vocals on track 1, Harmonica on track 5
Brian Mantilla – Additional Percussion on track 4
Arranged By Exodus
Produced & Mixed By Gary Holt, Rick Hunolt & Marc Senesac; mix assistant: Chad Munsey
Recorded & Engineered By Marc Senesac & David Plank
Mastered By Bernie Grundman
^† "Overdose" did not appear on the original vinyl and cassette versions of Fabulous Disaster, thus making it a bonus track on the CD version. "Overdose" does, however, appear on the 2008 Back on Black vinyl reissue.
1The Last Act of Defiance4:44Fabulous Disaster Wikipedia
3The Toxic Waltz4:53