I guess there are 2 ways to see an album that is perceived as a classic among fans & peers alike. First from the fans who likes a certain album just the way it is & accept it with its flaws as that specific album reminds them of a special time in their life to which they go back to everytime they listen to that album. Having spending years listening to that album (espacially through hard times I would assume) they can't imagine listening to their favorite songs in any other shape or form. To have those precious songs re-recorded, even though it's by the same band, is just blasphemy to them no matter how bad & weak the sounds of the original album is.
Then there's the band way to see their own classic albums. As song writers, musicians tend to see their songs as never good enough; That they could improve it is some shape or form. As guitar player Lee Altus once said: "You never think that the song is good enough, you just make amend with it."
That's what is happening with Let There Be Blood, which is Bonded By Blood re-recorded. While a lot of fans screamed in outrage to this recording. Guitar player Gary Holt was never satisfied with the original recording saying that the sound on Bonded By Blood is outdated & weak. However, Let There Be Blood was not made to replace Bonded By Blood. Still according to Gary Holt, he wanted to hear the album with state of the art sound & give it more crunch & power & also sees it as a great tribute to the band's original singer, the late Paul Baloff.
I'm not saying that all re-recorded albums are good (Blizzard Of Ozz & Diary Of A Madman anyone?), but as far as Let There Be Blood is concerned... It absolutly rocks!!! What I'm about to say will more than likely sound sacreligous, but as much as I'm an Exodus fan, I never cared that much about Paul Baloff's singing. On Bonded By Blood he just sounds so weak & unsure of himself & right there, in my own humble opinion, is the biggest flaw Bonded By Blood has. Not to say that I don't enjoy it, but now we have the choice to enjoy the original version or the newer version or, like I'm doing, both.
To sum it all up Let There Be Blood shouldn't be taken seriously, but I firmly believe it's a must have for all Exodus fans. But if you see it as a violation of Bonded by blood, no need to make a fuss about it... Just don't buy it. Your lost.