Band Photo: Exodus (?)
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers EXODUS entered Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California on June 10 with producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, MACHINE HEAD, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY) to begin recording their new album for a late 2007 release via Nuclear Blast Records.
EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has issued the following update: "Sorry about the total lack of communication, but I've been staying in the Bay Area at my parents' house (I live three hours north nowadays) and have had no Internet, nor the time since we have been locked away with Mr. Sneap for up to 14 hours a day, just killing ourselves. But all that's left are Lee's [Altus] solos and then the mix and it's finished. And I know you hear this shit all the time, which is why I've stay pretty silent through all this, but this record is like nothing you've ever heard. A genre-defining record, a career-defining record — simply put, the baddest fucking slab of metal recorded in years. Epic, crushing, huge in scope, and at times brutally simple, and at time massively complex. I am sooo stoked! You can't wipe the smile off of my face when I am listening to it. Proudest moment, for sure. Solos are off the hook, Lee is adding a ton more shred as I am typing this, Tom [Hunting] raised the bar on drumming in general, Jack's [Gibson] bass is a jack hammer, and Duke's [singer Rob Dukes] just kills it like never before. Can you tell I'm a bit excited about this one? No if only it will fit on one disc, we are off and running! Song titles coming soon. I have to have some secrets."
Vocalist Rob Dukes added: "Just got home (New York) after being in Cali for two months... Everyone — Gary, Jack and Lee — killed. I'm so glad Tom [Hunting, drums] is back and playing in my opinion better than ever. He defintely schooled motherfuckers in the thrash drumming department. He just killed. Working with Andy Sneap was rad. I don't want to say too much and sound like everybody else about how heavy the new record is; I'll let it speak for itself when it comes out and kicks your fucking face in... I'm so stoked to be a part of it; it's the coolest thing I have ever done in this life..."
As previously reported, EXODUS has scheduled the following dates during August:
Aug. 04 - San Marcos, CA @ The Jumping Turtle
Aug. 05 - Mexicali, Mexico @ El Jardin Sllencio Extreme
Aug. 06 - Modesto, CA @ Fat Cat Music house
Aug. 07 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey A Go Go
Aug. 08 - Corona, CA @ Showcase Theater
Aug. 09 - Fresno, CA @ Belmont
Aug. 10 - San Jose, CA @ Blank Club
Tickets for the above dates are available through EnterTheVault.com and all normal ticketing outlets.
Gary Holt has just released his first-ever instructional DVD, "A Lesson in Guitar Violence", through Zaentz. The disc, which contains never-before-seen live footage from 1985 at the Dynamo Club in Holland, can be ordered at The Exodus Store.
Holt previously stated about the DVD, "I am planning on focusing on rhythm technique, some lead chops, and going over the correct way to play some of the EXODUS riffs. I feel there are enough straight shred things out there, so I want to do something as bit differrent. And of course I will make it funny as hell!"
Zaentz Records is the new label formed by Steven Warner (EXODUS' manager) and partner Jonnie Zaentz (son of Saul Zaentz, Fantasy Records co-founder). Zaentz is an independent artist-friendly upstart label that features an in-house, state-of-the-art recording facility.
EXODUS will be teaming up for a North American tour with GOATWHORE, ARSIS, and WARBRINGER early next year. The first dates to be released are as follows:
February 4 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
February 12 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
Zonda Books has posted this press release:
Garry Sharpe-Young's latest book, "Thrash Metal", is being readied for publication this September. In addition, Zonda Books publishes Garry's "Death Metal", "Black Metal" and "Power Metal" all before the end of the year. These MusicMight titles replace the 2001 editions, which have consistently ranked number 1 on their Amazon.com searches for five years and more.
Thrash Metal. At first mocked by the Rock traditionalists Thrash would swamp the hard n' heavy world propelling one of its own - METALLICA, to the very pinnacle of Rock's elite.
In the early 80s Thrash breathed new life into the Rock scene providing older acts with a much needed kick. This new force opened the floodgates to armies of teens armed with flying Vs, bullet belts and a sense of purpose that would fuel genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover and technical Speed Metal. Without Thrash there would be no Death Metal, no Black Metal. That explosion of aggression has seen subsequent afterblasts, most recently Europe and South America has seen a genuine renaissance of Thrash Metal.
Without doubt, Thrash Metal still continues to make its mark in the biggest possible way. The "big four" - METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER are all documented here in the greatest possible detail with full, up to the minute histories, exclusive photographs and global discographies, which include demos, albums, singles, chart positions, track listings and catalogue numbers. Over 400,000 words leave no stone left unturned in pursuit of knowledge of ex-members, rare recordings and career milestones. The author has interviewed all these major acts. Indeed, he interviewed METALLICA's late Cliff Burton just days before his passing. The early days of MEGADETH are straight from the mouth of Dave Mustaine.
Also covered are the legion of groundbreaking Bay Area acts such as METAL CHURCH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL and HIRAX. The European thrash explosion of KREATOR, RAGE, DESTRUCTION, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER and HELLOWEEN is also covered in frightening detail. The Pagan Thrash of SABBAT, the avant garde eccentricity of CELTIC FROST and the Funk Thrash of MORDRED - it's all here. The second wave of thrash with major artists such as SEPULTURA, PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD takes the genre right up to the new breed of Thrashers, now a truly world-wide phenomenon. All examined in depth.
Having achieved its quarter of a century, Thrash Metal is not only alive, it is thriving. If you thought this rawest form of Heavy Metal was consigned to the past this book will deliver a rude awakening! Read the book, buy the records and bang that head!!
The scope of 'Thrash Metal' includes artists such as A.N.I.M.A.L., ABANDONED, ABATTOIR, ACCUSSER, ACID, ACID DRINKERS, ACID REIGN, ACROPHET, AFTERMATH, AGENT STEEL, AGONY, AGRESSOR, AIRDASH, AMEBIX, ANESTHESY, ANGEL WITCH, ANGKOR WAT, ANNIHILATOR, ANTHRAX, ANVIL, ANVIL CHORUS, APOKALYPTIC RAIDS, ARBITRATER, ARCH ENEMY, ARMORED SAINT, ARMOURED ANGEL, ARTILLERY, ASSASSIN, AT WAR, ATHEIST, ATOMIZER, ATOMKRAFT, ATROPHY, AZOTIC REIGN...
And that's just some of the "A"'s!
Bay Area thrash titans Exodus are revealed to be hard at work on a new album, founding guitarist Gary Holt commented, "Rehearsing about seven hours a day right now, busting our asses as [producer] Mr. [Andy] Sneap (Arch Enemy, Kreator, Testament, Opeth) will arrive on June 3 and into the studio we go. Eleven songs done as of now, as sick as fuck. Everyone always talks about how their next record is the next this or that, all I'm going to say is this next record is a crushing landmark in Exodus history. I am stoked. Truly. I'm not giving out the title (or titles) right now, so you'll have to wait and be patient! But man, this new shit is aggressive with a capital A! Thrash metal at its hardest."
Monumentum Records, the extreme metal imprint of European hardcore label Reflections Records, will be re-releasing two seminal records, Possessed 'Seven Churches' and Exodus 'Bonded By Blood'. Both limited to 500 copies, they'll be out later on in the year on luxurious gatefold vinyl.
DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP), featuring TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy and former EXODUS singer Steve "Zetro" Souza, have announced the following upcoming tour dates:
3 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
8 - San Francisco, CA - Fat City
9 - Concord, CA - Time Out Tavern
13 - West Midlands, UK - J.B.'s
16 - Biddinghuizen, NL - Fields Of Rock Fest
18 - London, UK - The Underworld
19 - Bradford, UK - Rio's
Dublin Death Patrol also features Andy Billy (guitar - SACRED DOG, RAMPAGE, GUILT), Greg Bustamante (guitar - Rampage), Steve Robello (guitar - OUT OF CONTROL), Philthy Demmelition (aka Phil Demmel, guitar - MACHINE HEAD, VIO-LENCE, DEATH PENALTY, METAL WARRIOR), Willy Langenhuizen (bass - Rampage, LAAZ ROCKIT), John Souza (bass) and Danny Cunningham (drums).
The band's debut DDP 4 Life, is out now via Godfodder Records.
Drummer Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, TESTAMENT, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) has issued a statement regarding his recent departure from EXODUS and his future plans.
Commented Paul: "As you all have already heard (and in case some have not), I have parted ways with EXODUS. They now have their original drummer Tom Hunting back in the band. I always said from the start if Tom ever wanted to come back, the drum throne is his. I have the greatest repect for Tom and his playing. He is truly a thrash legend. Thanks to the EXODUS guys for the fun ride. I'm sure the new record will kick ass! As for me, I'm looking for gigs and or a new band to work with."
In other news, Paul is no longer an endorser for Tama Drums. He is now proud to represent Sonor Drums and their products.
EXODUS recently completed a European headlining tour in support of its latest CD, "Shovel Headed Kill Machine", which was released in October 2005 via Nuclear Blast Records. Recorded at Trident studios in Pacheco, California and mixed by Andy Sneap (SABBAT, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY), the follow-up to 2004's "Tempo of the Damned" was the band's first album to feature Lee Altus (guitar; HEATHEN), Paul Bostaph and Rob Dukes (vocals).
EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has issued the following update:
"I'd like to take a moment here and welcome back Tom Hunting to EXODUS' drum throne. It was always understood that when and if Tom was ever ready to resume his drumming duties for the band, his seat would be waiting. Paul [Bostaph] always knew this, and was the first to say it upon joining the band. Paul and Tom have always been good friends and we, as a band, cannot thank Paul enough for his services on 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine' and all the subsequent tours he did to support that album. We had a great time and kicked many asses along the way. Paul has given this reunion his whole-hearted endorsement with no mixed blessings and is happy to see Tom back in the fold. Now, some band out there may just become the luckiest bunch of suckers in the world, because one hell of a drum is on the market! We wish Paul all the best, and he will always be a member of the extended EXODUS family. More...
On this the 2nd volume of Metal’s Dark Side, sexy host Jasmin St. Claire guides you through even more uncensored videos, intense interviews, and extreme bonus footage. From back stage at the Key Club in L.A., to the NAMM Music Conference and other major summer music festivals, St. Claire invades the minds of metal legends such as Rick Hunolt & Gary Holt (Exodus), Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy), Paul Romanko & Brian Fair (Shadows Fall), Trevor Strand & Brian Eschbach (The Black Dahlia Murder) and more.
The track listing follows:
- Shadows Fall - Interview with Paul Romanko & Brian Fair
- Suffocation - Interview with Terrance Hobbs & Frank Mullen Suffocation - Video: “Surgery Of Impalement”
- Exodus - Interview with Rick Hunolt & Gary Holt Exodus - Video: “War Is My Shepherd”
- Deconstruct - Interview with Vanessa, Joe & Skitz Deconstruct - Live Footage: “Deeper Down”
- The Black Dahlia Murder - Interview with Trevor Strand & Brian Eschbach
- Arch Enemy - Interview with Sharlee D’Angelo
- Fight Paris - Video: “Complete Heat”
- Firewind - Video: “Tyranny”
- Suffocation - Bonus Interview
The DVD, which runs 71 minutes total, was slated to hit the streets January 30. An e-card for "Metal's Darkside Vol. 2 - The Deeply Disturbed" has also been posted online.
There is a new live performance video of Exodus playing their track “War Is My Shepherd” available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The footage was taken at the Croc Rock in Allentown PA during the Monsters Of Mayhem tour last year.
EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has announced plans to release his first instructional DVD. "Hopefully I will be filming it sometime in January, and I am looking for some input," says Gary. "I am planning on focusing on rhythm technique, some lead chops, and going over the correct way to play some of the EXODUS riffs. I feel there are enough straight-shred things out there, so I want to do something as bit different. And, of course, I will make it funny as hell!"
TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy, former EXODUS vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza have joined forces in a brand new project called DUBLIN DEATH PATROL (DDP). The band, which also features such other San Francisco Bay Area notables as Phil Demmel (guitar; MACHINE HEAD, ex-VIO-LENCE) and Willy Langenhuizen (bass; RAMPAGE, LAAZ ROCKIT), is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on its debut album, due in 2007.
The group's complete lineup is as follows:
Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Vocals
Steve "Zetro" Souza (LEGACY, EXODUS) - Vocals
Andy Billy (SACRED DOG, RAMPAGE, GUILT) - Guitar
Greg Bustamante (RAMPAGE) - Guitar
Steve Robello (OUT OF CONTROL) - Guitar
Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD, VIO-LENCE, DEATH PENALTY, METAL WARRIOR) - Guitar
Willy Langenhuizen (RAMPAGE, LAAZ ROCKIT) - Bass
John Souza - Bass
Danny Cunningham - Drums
For more information, visit their MySpace page.
Earache Records' latest signing EVILE will support EXODUS and BIOMECHANICAL this Friday, November 3 at the Bradford Rio in England. A poster for the show can be found at this location.
EVILE formed two years ago in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, U.K. by brothers Matt Drake (vocals/guitar) and Ol Drake (lead guitar), along with Ben Carter (drums) and Mike Alexander (bass) and have since rapidly picked up a rabid following, eager to enjoy a night of heads-down, no-nonsense thrash.
While unsigned, EVILE were hand-picked to play two prestigious U.K. festivals in the summer of 2006 — Bloodstock Open Air and most recently, Damnation Festival — both to great acclaim from fans. Now the band will spend the rest of the year gigging far and wide, and expect to record and release their debut album on Earache early in 2007. Meanwhile, check out EVILE's demo and pictures at its MySpace page.
Biomechanical will support Exodus on their forthcoming European tour in November and December. Jon K frontman of Biomechanical says: "This is going to be Biomechanical's first big European tour and we are honoured to be able to support one of the most influential bands in the world of Thrash Metal. I have always been a big Exodus fan and it was awesome to hear that they dig Biomechanical. We can't wait!!"
See Biomechanical support Exodus on the following dates:
1-Nov-06 Wednesday UK Manchester Music Box
2-Nov-06 Thursday UK Nottingham Junktion 7
3-Nov-06 Friday UK Bradford Rio
4-Nov-06 Saturday Ireland Dublin Voodoo Lounge
5-Nov-06 Sunday UK Newcastle Trillians
6-Nov-06 Monday UK Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
7-Nov-06 Tuesday UK London Underworld
8-Nov-06 Wednesday France Paris - venue
9-Nov-06 Thursday Holland Eindhoven Effenaar
10-Nov-06 Friday Holland Haarlem Patronaat
11-Nov-06 Saturday Belgium Hasselt Muziek-o-droom
13-Nov-06 Monday Germany Osnabrück Rosenhof
14-Nov-06 Tuesday Germany Bochum Matrix
15-Nov-06 Wednesday Germany schweinfurt Stattbahnhof
16-Nov-06 Thursday Germany Berlin Kato
17-Nov-06 Friday Germany Saarbrucken Roxy
18-Nov-06 Saturday Denmark Copenhagen Kino
19-Nov-06 Sunday Norway Olso John Dee
20-Nov-06 Monday Sweden Gothenburg Sticky Fingers
22-Nov-06 Wednesday finland Oulu Teatria
23-Nov-06 Thursday finland Helsinki Tavastia
25-Nov-06 Saturday Poland Poznan Eskalup
26-Nov-06 Sunday Czech Rep Brno Faval club
27-Nov-06 Monday Austria Wien Arena
28-Nov-06 Tuesday Hungary Budapest Wigwam
29-Nov-06 Wednesday Serbia Belgrade SKC
30-Nov-06 Thursday Italy Padova Sottosopra
1-Dec-06 Friday Italy Siena Sonar Club
2-Dec-06 Saturday Italy Senigalia(Ancona) Mamamia
3-Dec-06 Sunday Italy Naples Duel Beat
4-Dec-06 Monday Switzerland Wil Remise
5-Dec-06 Tuesday France Lyon
7-Dec-06 Thursday Spain Villareal Salatal
8-Dec-06 Friday Spain Bilbao Santana
9-Dec-06 Saturday Spain Madrid Ritmo & Compas
10-Dec-06 Sunday Spain Barcelona Apolo 2
Look out for the re-release of "The Empires of the worlds" on November 13th featuring Biomechanical's new cover of Judas Priest's PAINKILLER.
Guitarist Gary Holt of the San Francisco Bay Area metallers EXODUS has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"Just wanted to give everyone a brief update. The [Monsters of Mayhem] tour has been off the hook amazing! I don't think I've ever had as much fun on a tour in my life. HATEBREED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, NAPALM DEATH, FIRST BLOOD and DESPISED ICON have been a joy to tour with, and the HATEBREED gang have been way to cool to all of us. Much respect to all of them! Many more shows to go, and I'll try to give everybody updates more often.
EXODUS is continuing to tour in support of its latest CD, "Shovel Headed Kill Machine", which was released in October 2005 via Nuclear Blast Records. Recorded at Trident studios in Pacheco, California and mixed by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY), the follow-up to 2004's "Tempo of the Damned" is the band's first to feature new members Lee Altus (guitar; HEATHEN), Paul Bostaph (drums; ex-SLAYER, TESTAMENT, FORBIDDEN) and Rob Dukes (vocals).
Read the full article at Blabbermouth.net.
The third volume of the "Horror Pain Gore Death" DVD collection of horror music videos (horror films mixed with metal music) from established and obscure death, thrash and '80s metal bands will be released on September 26. The complete track listing for the set is as follows:
CANCER - Blood Bath
EXODUS - A Lesson In Violence
SLAYER - Criminally Insane
MENTORS - Peepin' Tom
MORTA SKULD - Consuming Existence
SODOM - Outbreak Of Evil
NECKTIE - Hostages
BLÜDWÜLF - The Horror
SLAUGHTER - Fuck Of Death
TOXIC HOLOCAUST - Thrashing Death
SEXCREMENT - Menstrual Money Shot
SAVAGE GRACE - Into The Fire
SUFFOCATION - Infecting The Crypts
KREATOR - Pleasure To Kill
SEPULTURA - R.I.P. (Rest In Pain)
VENOM - Don't Burn The Witch
For more information, click here.
Underground Video Television (UVTV) was at the Monsters of Mayhem tour in Allentown PA at the Croc Rock on Friday Sep 8 with arrangements for filming live footage of Exodus, Napalm Death, and headliners Hatebreed. During the show Exodus bassist Jack Gibson told the UVTV crew stories of tour bus driving expertise in Europe and hoped his hair looked good in the footage. Rob Dukes, Exodus vocalist, asked if his stage dive into the mosh pit was captured on tape. You can read the full Monsters of Mayhem show report and review on the UVTV blogs. Exclusive live footage from this event will be available on the UVTV website in the future.
With a Decibel Magazine-sponsored roadshow destined to go down in recent history as the one with the highest BBPM (Blast Beats Per Minute) rate, San Francisco's veteran thrashers EXODUS proudly announce they've been drafted for the upcoming "Monsters Of Mayhem" tour, set to launch at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on September 3rd. Seventeen initial dates have been confirmed; more dates will be announced soon. Five EXODUS off-date shows have been scheduled thus far.
Founding member & lead guitarist Gary Holt checks in from his Northern California home about the forthcoming excursion:
"Let me just say how fired up we are to be taking part in the 'Monsters Of Mayhem' tour. To have the opportunity to tour with Hatebreed, Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Despised Icon, and First Blood is just awesome. A HUGE thanks to Jamey Jasta and all from Hatebreed for hooking us up with the chance to crush some people who might not have ever seen us before. I fully plan on hurting somebody! Hope to see you there. Let the mayhem begin!"
Purveyors of an attitude-driven sound carried out with the brutality of military vengeance, this will be EXODUS' final tour in support of 2005's highly acclaimed Shovel Headed Kill Machine. "Standard metal sounds like love songs compared to the musical violence of EXODUS," stated DRUM! Magazine, and once you experience the band live, you'll realize that no truer words could have been spoken.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Holt denies that he's purchased a set of brass knuckles specifically for this tour.
More dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring HATEBREED, NAPALM DEATH, EXODUS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DESPISED ICON, and FIRST BLOOD:
September 3 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium*
September 4 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx*
September 5 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
September 6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
September 8 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
September 10 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom*
September 14 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
September 15 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
September 16 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
September 17 - Huntington, WV @ Huntington Music Hall
September 19 - Chcicago, IL @ House of Blues
September 20 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
September 22 - Milwaukee, WI @ @ Eagles Club
* = have since been removed from where the date was originally listed.
An official/complete list of dates is expected to be revealed shortly.
Hatebreed will headline a full U.S. tour set to commence in September and run through October. The bill will feature support from the Black Dahlia Murder throughout, plus Napalm Death, Exodus, First Blood and Despised Icon. "We've never gone out on a headline run immediately following Ozzfest, and we've always wanted to, and we always felt we needed to, but there were always plans that superseded that," frontman Jamey Jasta said. "We're taking out a very extreme bill. We're going to call it maybe the Monsters of Mosh, something crazy like that. But it will be a good way for us to give back to the underground, extreme scenes, and also for us to go out and headline for the first time in a long, long time and do a full hour-and-a-half set with our new staging and new gear."