Band Photo: Exodus (?)
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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Below is our complete Exodus news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
Just getting up and getting ready to head back to the studio but I thought I'd give everyone an update first.
Yesterday was day one and it could not have gone any better. Paul's [Bostaph, ex-Slayer, Forbidden] drum sound is fuckin' HUGE! I think, and I don't think Paul would argue this point, that it's the biggest sound he's ever had. Everybody is stoked! We actually laid down a few songs last night before calling it quits for the evening so we could listen back today and see if anything can be improved before we start laying the drums down for good, and I have got to tell you, Paul is fucking amazing. We have given him the green light to just go wild and it's pummeling!
Exodus' as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2004's "Tempo of the Damned" is being recorded at Trident studios in Pacheco, California and will mark the band's first release with new singer Rob Dukes. Mixing duties will be handled by Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Nevermore, Arch Enemy, Kreator).
Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
Just letting everyone know we are hitting the studio June 4th and all systems are go! In only nine rehearsals, Paul [Bostaph, Ex-Slayer, Forbidden] has all the songs down and everything is crushing! We are recording at Trident studios in Pacheco, California, and the record will then be mixed by the man himself, Andy Sneap. I'm fired up and ready to get started! The riffs are crazy heavy, Paul's feet are 'a flying' (yeah, I know, last time I mentioned Paul's feet it turned into a big 'this guy's feet are the fastest' sort of thing. Yes, I have heard the other guys mentioned, and yes, they are fast as fuck. Forgive me for being a bit excited!) and I will post updates from the studio on a regular basis. It's pretty remarkable that we are hitting the studio in such a short time after Tom's [Hunting] illness (he's feeling better, by the way), but right now I don't feel there is anything that can stop us. You have no idea what you are in for with this new record.
Exodus' as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2004's "Tempo of the Damned" will mark the band's first release with new singer Rob Dukes. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD is "Shovel Headed Kill Machine" (working title), which Holt has described as "one of the fastest Exodus songs of all time."
Exodus guitarist and mainman Gary Holt commented about the addition of drummer Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Testament, Forbidden) to the band's ranks, after Tom Hunting had to step down due to health reasons.
I just returned from our first rehearsal with Paul, and I have got to tell you that it was fuckin' awesome! Paul played four of the new songs for the first time and they were fantastic. He has simply the fastest feet I've ever had the pleasure of hearing and the shit he was throwing down was blazing! After all the problems of the past three or so months I can say with all honesty it was the first time I'd left my studio with a smile on my face in quite some time. We are all on the same page musically and ready to get this ball rolling and are fired up to get into the studio. I'll keep everyone updated on a regular basis and let you know what's going on.
British producer extraordinaire (and former SABBAT guitarist) Andy "Undie" Sneap has posted the following message on his official web site:
"And so it turns out I am finally mixing the new ARCH ENEMY album, 'Doomsday Machine'.
"With them getting a slot on the Ozzfest, things have been very hectic, schedule-wise, with them having to use two studios to get the tracking done in time, but everythings going great and we are now well into the mix.
"Daniel [Erlandsson, drummer] and Rickard [Bengtsson, producer] came over last week to get things started and Mike [Amott, guitarist] came in on Tuesday.
"The material is really heavy, more solos which I always approve of and some great melodic stuff going on.
"Rickard's done a great job with the tracking, he did the bonus tracks for the 'Dead Eyes' EP that I mixed last year, so I knew we were in safe hands.
"Not much more to report. EXODUS has been put back due to complications with Tom's [Hunting, drummer] health as I'm sure you've all read about. Hopefully only by a couple of weeks as Paul Bostaph is stepping in, and the way it looks like it's going to pan out is I'm just going to mix...we'll see. I've heard Rob Dukes, their new singer, and he's a great addition, a lot of potential. Kinda reminds me of [late EXODUS frontman Paul] Baloff with timing and a more modern edge."
Californian thrashers Exodus recently announced that health reasons forced drummer Tom Hunting to step down from the recording of the upcoming album, scheduled for a September release. He will be replaced by Paul Bostaph, who is no stranger to thrash fans: he played with Forbidden, Testament, and Slayer.
As guitarist Gary Holt posted, "Tom has fallen very ill, he's been hospitalized several times over the course of the last two months." Holt also stressed that this development "is in no way associated to drugs: Tom had conquered his addiction well over a year ago. By no means was Tom fired or nor did Tom quit Exodus, but his health must come before any obligations to the band."
San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have announced the addition of singer Rob Dukes (pictured here with EXODUS guitarist Rick Hunolt) to the group's ranks. "[Rob] has been absolutely crushing in practice and only gets stronger every day," guitarist Gary Holt writes in the group's official forum.
"I know some of you will want details, i.e. what bands has he been in, etc., but I'll have to get back to you on that one," Holt added. "I've heard some of his old demo stuff, but he is a virtual unknown. But he is going to blow people's minds. He does incredible justice to both Paul [Baloff] and Zetro's [Souza] material, but when you hear the new shit you won't believe your ears. Totally crushing!
"To all who sent in their demos and such, I'd like to thank each and every one of you for taking the time. But now our search is over.
"Rob just happened to end up my guitar tech for the MEGADETH tour after things didn't work out with my first tech.
"Rob was referred to me by a friend at the Hollywood show and the rest is history. Divine intervention, if you will!
"We will be recording some demos of a few new songs next week and if everything stays on track we will be in the studio recording the next album in April."
Veteran Bay Area thrashers Exodus are now actively searching for the right person to replace the recently departed Steve 'Zetro' Souza. If you think you might fit the bill, then send a CD and photo, plus a DVD or video of a live performance to: Exod1 Fairmount Avenue, Suite # 427, El Cerrito, California 94530, USA.
Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has posted this tour update on the band's official website:
"Hey all, sorry about my absence here but finding internet cafes in the U.S. is so fucking difficult. I just want to let everyone know how awesome this tour has been. Dave and his band have been so generous to us, it's fucking amazing! The level of brotherhood on this tour would have to seen to be believed. The shows are all sold out through the rest of the tour and the crowds have ruled. Cold as fuck up here in Canada though.
Thanks to everyone I have had the opportunity to meet out on the road, you have all been great. To my friends at home, I'll see you all soon!"
Exodus' next show is tomorrow night at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, B.C.
Megadeth's tour manager has posted the following message on the band's official website:
To All Droogies everywhere, I was there, and I was involved in the decision making process with Nick and Dave of replacing Megadeth's drummer.
Nick knew that there was not a lot of time to get prepared for the tour, but he still tried to pull it off. Sadly, he was not prepared for the physical demands of a Megadeth show, and as all Droogies know, Megadeth is not some wimpy top 40 band that walks on a stage and gives a half-assed show.
This is why Nick knew Megadeth had to make this decision. Nick was actually involved in the discussion of bringing Shawn Drover into the camp.
Dave worked very hard with Nick to make this all happen, but it just was not coming together and time was running out to get this tour off the ground, so the change was made for the band and for you the fans. Dave did the right thing.
So to all Droogies throughout the world, MEGADETH IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!
In other news, Earshot has decided to drop off the Megadeth tour.
Exodus, Testament and Death Angel have all signed deals with Metal Babies, a clothing company that specialises in baby clothing. Each now has one item available: Exodus - 'Bonded By Bib', Testament - 'Into The Crib' and Death Angel - 'The Art Of Crying'.
OnTrackMagazine.com has posted several photos of Megadeth and Exodus performing live in Anaheim, CA on October 25. Also included is a review of the show. Check it out at this location. An excerpt from the review follows: "As for [Megadeth's] current line-up they came across without a hitch. Bassist James MacDonough I'm familiar with from the kings of the metal underground Iced Earth, but I've never heard anything about the rest of the band which also features Glen Drover (King Diamond/Eidolon) on guitar and his brother Shawn Drover (Eidolon) on drums. The truth be told (no pun intended) this is quite possibly the best line-up Megadeth have had in years. There seems to be a revitalization among the players and passion for the music that has been absent for some time. Mustaine at one point expressed his joy of being back in the game and told us all that he’d missed us and it was great to be back. In regard to his ability to still play the songs to their full potential due to his injury, no one is the wiser as he played absolutely without flaw during the entire show."
Chuck Billy posted this message on Exodus' forum:
"Just letting you know that I did do the Exodus show last night and it was great and the sold out crowd seemed to enjoy it. I did the first 6 songs the best I could with 24-hour's notice. Apparently, after the first 6 songs, Steev was feeling the crowd's energy and came out and we did the last 2 songs together. Steev, the band, and I were all on stage together and we all said how we couldn't believe that this was happening. It has been many years since I have performed on stage at the Warfield, and I want to thank the fans for all the support and amazing energy that they were giving back to the band. I want to thank the Exodus guys for giving me a call and feeling confident that I could accomplish this task with such short notice."
Megadeth has added more dates to his tour, according to Pollstar.com. The dates so far are as follows:
Oct. 23 Reno, NV @ Reno Hilton
Oct. 24 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel - The Joint
Oct. 25 Anaheim, CA @ The Grove Of Anaheim
Oct. 26 San Diego, CA @ 4th & B
Oct. 28 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
Oct. 29 Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Oct. 30 Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
Oct. 31 Tucson, AZ @ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
Nov. 02 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Nov. 04 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave / Eagles Club
Nov. 05 Sauget, IL @ Pop's
Nov. 06 Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere's
Nov. 07 Cleveland, OH @ Odeon Concert Club
Nov. 09 Washington, DC @ Nation
Nov. 10 New York, NY @ Roseland
Nov. 12 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Nov. 13 Boston, MA @ Avalon
Nov. 14 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Nov. 16 Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus (formerly Warehouse)
Nov. 17 Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
Nov. 18 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
Nov. 19 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Nov. 21 Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Th. For Perf. Arts
Nov. 22 Regina, SK @ Doris Knight Hall
Nov. 23 Edmonton, AB @ Red's
Nov. 26 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Nov. 27 Seattle, WA @ The Premier
Nov. 28 Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
Nov. 29 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Nov. 01 Mexico City, MEX @ Palacio De Los Deportes
EXODUS has been added to the entire MEDADETH tour except for Reno, NV and Las Vegas, NV shows.
Following the firing of Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza and the subsequent addition of Exodus to the Megadeth tour (replacing 12 Stones), it appears Steev Esquivel of SKINLAB / RE:IGNITION will be handling all vocal duties for the Bay Area's EXODUS on the bands forthcoming tour in support of MEGADETH. Also appearing on the bill with EXODUS will be nu-rockers EARSHOT.
Christian hard rockers 12 Stones have officially dropped off Megadeth's "Blackmail The Universe Tour", which is scheduled to kick off on October 23 in Reno, NV. Previously announced openers Earshot will act as support for the entire trek except for six West Coast dates, which will feature San Francisco thrashers Exodus. The dates are as follows:
Oct. 23 - Reno, NV @ Reno Hilton *
Oct. 24 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint *
Oct. 25 - Anaheim, CA @ The Grove **
Oct. 26 - San Diego, CA @ 4th and B **
Oct. 28 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield **
Oct. 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium **
Oct. 30 - Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre **
Oct. 31 - Tucson, AZ @ Casino Anselmo **
Nov. 02 - Denver, CO @ Filmore *
Nov. 04 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave *
Nov. 05 - St. Louis, MO @ Pops *
Nov. 06 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierres *
Nov. 07 - Cleveland, OH @ Odeon *
Nov. 09 - Washington, DC @ Nation *
Nov. 10 - New York City, NY @ Roseland *
Nov. 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory *
Nov. 13 - Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom *
Nov. 14 - Montreal, QB @ Metropolis *
Nov. 16 - Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus *
Nov. 17 - Detroit, MI @ State Theatre *
Nov. 18 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room *
Nov. 19 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre *
* w/ Earshot
** w/ Exodus
Bay Area Thrash legend Exodus has been confirmed to play six US-shows together with Megadeth! Check out the dates here.
As singer Steve "Zetro" Souza left the band about one month ago, Skinlab singer Steev Esquivel will help out Exodus on vocals.
Former Exodus frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza has broken his silence with regards to his departure from the group. In the following statement, Zetro explains his reasons for leaving Exodus on the eve of their South American tour and offers kind words for his former bandmates, who have recently announced their decision to carry on without him:
To all concerned,
I would like to say first of all, that leaving Exodus was a very hard decision to make. I really wanted everything to work out in the long run. But lots of things came between us. Back when Paul [Baloff] died, I stepped in as a favor to the band, who had prior commitments and shows already booked. At that point in time, I was willing to play these shows, but was still reluctant to rejoin the band on a full-time basis. After these shows, I realized that I still really enjoyed performing and playing the live shows. I then decided to give Exodus a second go at it. We recorded the album and it was a great record. I thought it was my best performance and work of my entire career.
Now came the touring, and juggling a family, a full-time job, and Exodus… It was never easy on me. In fact, while being on tour, I loved playing live on stage to our great fans around the world. But that was only a small part of being on the road, for it's a long day, every day out there. Too much time in between shows to think about my family back home. I have three wonderful kids and a great wife, which were miles away from me. And I still had many social and financial worries, with way too much time to think about everything while away from home during the downtime in between shows on the road.More...
There are two reports circulating regarding Exodus' postponement of their South American tour. The first is diplomatic and comes from Nuclear Blast Records:
As recently released Exodus have had quite a major line-up change with the firing of lead singer, Steve “Zetro” Souza and due to complications with replacement singers Exodus have had no choice but to postpone the current dates until they can return to South America in late October with touring singer, Steve Esquivel, of Skinlab.
Top Link Productions did a phenomenal job creating a successful tour for Exodus fulfilling all of their obligations and providing the band with a great run of dates. Therefore Exodus would like to extend their deepest apologies to Top Link Productions, local promoters, booking agents and all Exodus fans planning to attend.
Please keep checking Exodus' website www.ExodusAttack.com for the rescheduled dates. Below are the dates that are currently postponed.
09/17 - Buenos Aires / Argentina - Replica Cromañon
09/18 - São Paulo / Brazil - Via Funchal (Bonded By Blood Thrash Fest)
09/19 - Recife / Brazil - Clube Internacional do Recife
09/24 - Ribeirão Preto / Brazil – Apoteose
09/25 - Belo Horizonte / Brazil - Lapa Multishow
The second statement comes from the band itself and is as follows:
The tour has ben postponed until October due to the fact that John Miller is an insane idiot and had one of his mental breakdowns the day before we were to leave. We knew he has a history of this kind of shit but we never knew it would happen this quickly. It usually takes him longer to shoot himself in the foot. It had nothing to do with Zetro not going. All shows were on until John self-destructed. I will be updating everyone soon on the details of the South American tour. But please don't blame the promoters, there were just too many changes to make to try to pull this off and we had no intention of going down there and embarassing ourselves with John Miller, so my apologies to our fans in South America. We will return soon.
Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has posted this message on the band's official website regarding rumors going around about the replacement for recently departed vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza:
I just wanted to clear up rumours about who is going to be our next singer. The answer to that is I do not know. There is a lot of speculation that we've already selected John Miller for the job and that is not true. While he will have every opportunity to secure the gig , as of right now he is filling in for us in South America, and in doing so is doing us a huge favor by helping us out when we were in a bind.
We will be holding auditions in the near future but in the meantime I am going to continue writing songs for the next record. Some people have questioned my intentions, saying that I am looking to cash in but finding some sort of flavor of the month or something. Come on. Be real. I have no delusions about suddenly selling five hundred thousand records merely by switching vocalist. I live in the real world folks, and I am very content if I can pay my bills and buy the occasional knife or two doing what I love and still take care of me and my own.
But anyway, we will be putting out contact info soon about auditions, so anyone interested stay tuned!
Holt has also sent this message to the band's South American fans, assuring them that Exodus will complete their touring commitments:
Just want to ease any concerns our fans in South America might have about our upcoming shows. All shows are confirmed and are a go! We will be playing our full set, all the classics and the new ones as well. I guarantee we will not disappoint! We are ready, willing and able my friends, and we will crush! I have been looking forward to returning to South America for far too long to let anything stand in the way! It has always felt like a second home to me and I wouldn't miss it for the world! See you all there!