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Formed: 1980
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Exodus Interviews and Features

Below are our features and interviews with Exodus.

Interview

Exodus Drummer On New Music, Thrash And More

It could be argued that thrash metal was the first recognised sub-genre of heavy metal. The mix of hardcore punk and the sound of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal saw a huge wave of talent from the USA and Germany gain prominence with this new sound that broke necks and burst eardrums. At the forefront of this fresh new sound in the Bay Area was Exodus, who along with Metallica and Slayer, are hailed as one of the most influential Californian bands of the time and gained a fierce reputation for violent live shows and equally violent music.

This Winter, Exodus are back on the road in Europe, being joined by two other legends of thrash, Sodom and Death Angel, as well as one of the more impressive younger thrash bands, Suicidal Angels from Greece. At their stop in London, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Exodus drummer Tom Hunting to talk about the tour, as well as their latest album, "Blood In Blood Out," new material and much more. You can watch the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: This is the Headbanger's Ball tour, which is obviously kind of a blast from the past. Like an eighties revival if you like. It's you, Sodom, Death Angel and Suicidal Angels, which is like a wet dream for thrash fans...

Tom Hunting: And a nightmare for others!

Oz: How has it been going so far?

Tom: Tillburg last night was off the hook. You never know what you're gonna get with Holland but there's something going on in Holland because they were fucking maniacal last night.

Oz: And this is the only UK date?

Tom: Yup. We're in and out in twenty four hours. Catch us while you can, London!

Oz: Well it's also a dream come true for some people to get the fuck out of England as quick as possible! But, how did this lineup come about?

Tom: This tour was put together months ago, it just wasn't announced until we finished our last little Summer run. It was always in the works and it's a fun bunch and it's a kick night of metal. All four bands are bringing it every night and we're on the bus with our bros from the Bay Area, Death Angel and we're having a great time.
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Housecore Horror Film Festival: Exodus

Along with Kirk Hammett, Tom Hunting is a founding member of Exodus. He also originally did vocals for the band. While Kirk Hammett left Exodus to play in Metallica, Hunting went on to play drums on Exodus’ first three albums: “Bonded By Blood” (1985), “Pleasures of the Flesh” (1987) and “Fabulous Disaster” (1989). Hunting has appeared on seven of Exodus’ ten albums including their most recent opus “Blood In Blood Out.” Ex-White Zombie, Testament drummer John Tempesta and current Slayer skin basher Paul Bostaph stepped in during Hunting’s absence.

In the time Hunting’s been in the band, Exodus toured America with Venom and Slayer in 1985 during their “Bonded By Blood” days as part of the Combat Records Tour, which released the VHS gem Combat Tour Live: The Ultimate Revenge." More recently, Hunting joined unholy forces with Slayer again on a thrasher’s dream package of Slayer, Exodus and Suicidal Tendencies. While commanding heads to bang across America with King Diamond, the group stopped in San Antonio, Texas to play Phil Anselmo’s third annual Housecore Horror Film Festival. We caught up with Hunting to discuss these tours, “Blood In Blood Out,” as well as personal influences, drumming styles and how everybody is doing the “Toxic Waltz.” More...

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Interview With Exodus

Exodus are one of the heaviest thrash metal bands to emerge out of the Bay Area Scene in the 80’s. Most of the bands that were the frontrunners of that era have all but faded away. Only the very best like: Slayer, Megadeth, Testament, Anthrax, Death Angel, and last but not least, Exodus have survived. With many lineup changes, including three different vocalists, one might worry about Exodus’s future. Lead singer, Rob Dukes was introduced in 2005 after the departure of Souza to create “Shovel Headed Kill Machine.” Now with three more studio albums under the belt, it seems that Exodus’s lineup is as strong as ever. I sat down with Rob Dukes before the concert at Reggies Rock House in Chicago. I followed up with some questions with Gary Holt immediately thereafter. More...

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Interview with Tom Hunting of Exodus

Exodus has been thrashing the brains out of the skulls of metalheads for over 30 years and show no signs of stopping. Currently on the Rust in Peace Tour with other legends Megadeth and Testament, the California thrashers did a one-off show in New Orleans with local but infamous black metallers Goatwhore. I had the chance to talk to drummer Tom Hunting before the show to discuss their new album and the thrill of performing for their fans. A transcribed version follows. More...

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Free Metal Music Recap For March Is Metal

Over the past couple of weeks, we've reported on numerous free label samplers and compilations, not realizing that most have been in appreciation of March Is Metal Month.

EMI Music’s Label Services is bringing metal to the masses with their “March is Metal” campaign with retailers across the US. The retail campaign includes promotions from such legendary labels as Century Media, Nuclear Blast, Earache and Candlelight along with Season of Mist, Willow Tip, Crash Music, Prospect Park and Capitol.

Along with the sampler, which includes tracks from Lacuna Coil, Five Finger Death Punch, Fear Factory, White Wizzard, Ihsahn, Gama Bomb, The Atlas Moth, Queensryche, Exodus and Arsis along with hotly anticipated pre-release tracks from Triptykon and Defeated Sanity, ELS and Caroline will also offer a limited edition T-shirt designed by Rich Hall and the MMM logo will appear on the Testament/ Exodus tour poster as a sponsor for the tour. They also sponsored “Full Metal Texas” at this year’s SXSW.

"EMI Label Services and Caroline Distribution have the privilege of working with the best labels in the Metal genre. The annual 'March is Metal Month' campaign is a platform for us to expose the great repertoire from these partners to both the trade and consumer alike,” stated Dominic Pandiscia SVP / GM of EMI Label Services and Caroline Distribution.

During the month of March, Amazon.com has a nice metal sale in their MP3 store with loads of great albums for download for $6.99 each, including most of Megadeth's Capitol-era releases, the latest albums by Pelican, Orphaned Land, Devin Townsend, Lacuna Coil, and many more.

And while we're at it, let's recap the many samplers made available for free download this month. Here are several from Amazon.com, which unfortunately are only available to those in the United States:

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Interview With Gary Holt Of Exodus

The renowned Bay area thrash band Exodus have been pumping out albums since 1985 amid numerous line-up changes, record label issues, a full scale break up, and even the death of a vocalist. Despite all the problems the band is continuing on at full speed without skipping a beat, and is set to release a re-recording of their classic first album "Bonded by Blood." More...

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