Bay Area thrash at it's finest, EXODUS rip through eleven of their most essential jams on this live recording from San Francisco's Mabuhay in 1984. The live set shows EXODUS at their thrashiest prime - a year before the release of Bonded By Blood, with most of that LP given the live treatment. Guitar solos, verbal attacks on all posers in attendance and gratuitous posturing are all present, with a decent live sound and some crucial crossover thrash metal. There is almost as much entertainment from the between song banter as from the during song shredding, and I have split the tracks accordingly so that, if you choose, you can just enjoy The Wisdom Of Bayloff without the pesky head banging bits.
Since it was included on my cassette, why not throw in MEGADETH's Last Rites demo? I've never really been a fan, but perhaps that's because MEGADETH has never been this good since. Raw as shit and faster than anything else going at the time, Last Rites famously features the demo version of "The Mechanix," written by Mustaine and included on METALLICA recordings as "Four Horsemen." The more famous version is slower and contains a lot of filler, whereas this primitive rendition is straight to the throat. Maybe the last song is cut off or something, but it's a decades old mix tape (and a bonus at that...) so no complaining, got it? If all MEGADETH sounded like this then I might not have turned to punk....wait, yes I would have, but this still rules.