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From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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"Whenever we play with any Bay Area band, we always put a little bit extra,” admits guitarist Lee Altus of Bay Area thrash outfit Exodus. “If you wanna really see Exodus at their best, it's always with another Bay Area band - like Death Angel. We have this friendly competition, too. They know - anytime you play with us, we're going after you! After that, we'll have drinks together... we'll laugh about it... but right now, we're going after you! Oh, now we're playing with Testament? I'm gonna DIE on that stage!!!"
In the second of five trailers hosted by Guitar World showcasing material from the bonus DVD entitled “Blood Upon The Goat,” Altus discusses writing the tracks “Honor Killings” and “Body Harvest” appearing on the band’s tenth studio album, "Blood In, Blood Out."
Check out this new trailer below. The album is due out in North America on October 14th and the bonus DVD is included in the album’s digi-pak and import box set versions. More...
Aggressive and in-your-face and the fastest album we've ever done. I was able to concentrate on leads and I played some of the best stuff I ever have.
This is how guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt of Bay Area thrash band Exodus describes his work on the band’s tenth studio album, "Blood In, Blood Out," in the first of five trailers showcasing material from the bonus making-of DVD.
The DVD is entitled “Blood Upon The Goat” and will be included in the album’s digipak and import box set versions.
Guitarworld.com will debut all five video exclusives, beginning today, with a new one each week. Check out part 1 below.
The wait is over! Today, the Bay Area thrash metal pioneers in Exodus unleash their blistering new track "Salt The Wound," which features an intense guitar solo from none other than original Exodus/Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett.
Check out the track below, thanks to Rollingstone.com. "Salt The Wound" is cut from the new Exodus album "Blood In, Blood Out," hitting stores on October 14th, 2014 in North America via Nuclear Blast.
Guitarist Gary Holt explains that Hammett was more than ready to play on the album: “Having Kirk play on the new Exodus record kind of came about after I played so many shows with Metallica while touring with Slayer over the past four year. It started the same way most of these things do, as a lot of chatter while having a good time, but Kirk was more stoked to play on the new record than anyone.
"He never got to play on anything with Exodus since the first demo despite being a founding member, so I think it really meant a lot to him. Coming full circle so to speak. So I chose the song 'Salt the Wound' since I thought the rhythm section for the first lead was right in his wheelhouse, and he killed it! He came in and busted out several takes and his solo compliments mine perfectly. Then we drank beer and ate barbecue! Epic time!” More...
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Now, time to get depressed. Mike bids solemn farewell to an underrated talent in the global metal underground: Tobias Graf, founding drummer of German melodic/symphonic death metal group Deadlock, who this week passed away for undisclosed reasons at the young age of 35. Graf left the band in April of this year, but played on all releases since the band’s 1997 formation.
Next… here come the Thought Police! We wish it were a joke, but a Kentucky youth has indeed been arrested and charged with domestic terrorism threats… for posting Exodus lyrics on Facebook. The Bay Area thrashers’ 2010 album “Exhibit B: The Human Condition” featured a song titled “Class Dismissed: A Hate Primer,” which told of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting spree through the eyes of the deranged killer. The absurdity of this incident speaks for itself, but that doesn't stop us from commenting on it.
We all saw this coming over the course of the week, but still, it seemed to happen so damn fast. In the ultimate case of déjà vu, frontman Mark Hunter of Chimaira has been completely deserted by his bandmates en masse for the second time in three years. This time, he’s decided to throw in the towel, effectively putting an end to fifteen years and seven albums of cutting-edge American metal. Stay tuned for our thoughts on the matter.
Finally, we react to Swedish metal veterans In Flames’ new studio album “Siren Charms,” due for a September 9th release and currently streaming. Considering our devotion to this band through thick and thin over the years, our frustration in discussing this lackluster and disappointing new release is palpable, and it ain’t pretty.
According to Channel 14 News in Kentucky, a fan in Greenville has been arrested and is currently being jailed for alleged terrorism threats for posting the lyrics to the Exodus song "Class Dismissed," which appeared on the 2010 release "Exhibit B: The Human Condition." The full article on the arrest can be found at this location.
The band's press release reads: "Exodus does not promote or condone terrorists, threats or bullying. That being said, the band is somewhat baffled by the fact that this man being charged for what seems against his first amendment rights of Freedom of Speech."
“The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society,” states Exodus guitarist Gary Holt. “James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song ‘Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)’ was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked up behavior. It was the Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive.”
Gary continues, “As some of us in Exodus are parents, of course these things hit close to home, it's every parent's worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares, and life, as well as music, isn't always pretty. But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band, including Exodus, and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society.”
Exodus is set to release the new album "Blood In, Blood Out" via Nuclear Blast on October 10th (EU), October 13th (UK) and October 14th (North America). More...
Bay Area thrash metal band Exodus today proudly announces the special guests appearing on "Blood In, Blood Out," the band’s tenth studio album due out on October 14th in North America.
Crafting an industrial sound bed on the intro to the album opener “Black 13” is electronic music producer Dan the Automator (Gorrilaz, Mike Patton).
“We ran into each other a couple times,” shares Exodus guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt. “I knew what I wanted to hear and I knew he could do it, and could do it that day. So we sent him a file with the drums and guitars we already had there and just told him to go crazy with it.”
Testament frontman Chuck Billy lends his signature roar to the track “BTK,” one of the first songs recorded by returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, who recently said, “Chuck and I have known each other forever. We work really well together, we know each other really well. So if I’m doing my vocals and he’s there, I can trust him to go ‘No way Zet, doesn’t sound good like that. Do it like this,’ or ‘Yeah that’s killer.’ If he says it sounds killer, I know it is.”
Original Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett (Metallica) also contributed a guest solo to “Salt The Wound.”
“This was actually the first time Kirk got to play on an official Exodus release,” states Holt. “He did the early demo, and then joined Metallica and didn’t do anything with us after that. So he was totally gung-ho about it. He came down and ripped out a bunch of takes and we picked the best one and then had a barbecue and drank beer.”
“It felt really casual, really cool – just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day,” Hammett confessed to RollingStone.com in July. More...
The legendary Bay Area thrashers in Exodus have posted the track listing and other details on upcoming new release "Blood In, Blood Out."
The band's 10th album is due out on October 10th (EU), October 13th (UK) and October 14th (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Produced by Andy Sneap (Accept, Kreator, Megadeth), "Blood In, Blood Out" marks the first release with returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza since 2004’s "Tempo Of The Damned" and features cover illustration by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (Psycroptic, Abysmal Dawn, Revocation).
The album can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast Web Shop in CD, CD/DVD Digipak, and 2-LP exclusive vinyl formats at this location.
“When I was working on the record, I was sitting around watching TV series like ‘Gangland’ and all these locked-up prison reality shows," shares guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt. "And I thought, ‘Yeah, that’s like EXODUS.’ It’s a brotherhood. You bleed to get in, you bleed to get out. I’ve been doing this kind of music since I was a teenager and I’ll be doing it ‘til I can’t physically do it anymore."
The track listing is:
1. Black 13
2. Blood In, Blood Out
3. Collateral Damage
4. Salt The Wound
5. Body Harvest
7. Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
8. My Last Nerve
10. Honor Killings
11. Food For The Worms More...
Legendary thrash metal band Exodus have unveiled the never-before-seen album art for their upcoming album, "Blood In, Blood Out," which hits retail and digital stores on October 14, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The album art was illustrated by Swedish artist Par Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including Exodus’ "Let There Be Blood."
The concept for the art was impressively envisaged by Olofsson based on the album title alone, as Gary Holt explains, “The concept came from Par Olofsson – I fed him the title and he immediately came up with the final concept, and it’s perfect! One of my favorite covers we’ve ever done and it fits the title and theme to a T!”
"Blood In, Blood Out" is Exodus’ 10th studio album, and marks the band’s first release with new vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza since 2004’s "Tempo of the Damned." It was also just announced via Rolling Stone that Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett churned out a special guest solo for one of the tracks on the album. More details are set to be released soon, including release dates, track listing information, pre-order specifics, and more.
To celebrate the imminent release of "Blood In, Blood Out," the band will be busy touring this fall – with a full South American tour leading into a supporting run with fellow metal titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies on the Scion-sponsored fall leg of their United States onslaught. The tour begins on November 12th in Oakland, CA at The Fox Theater and will tour throughout the states, coming to close in Detroit, MI at The Fillmore on December 5th. More information on the tour can be found at this location. More...
It was previously announced that Exodus would play the “Fear FestEvil After Party," and now the band has revealed both Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett will come on stage for a special Exodus encore on July 25th in San Diego.
"One of the things when we devised our FestEvil earlier this year, was the importance of having great live bands playing after the day's events,” commented Hammett. “We're happy to share that pretty unique element of what Fear FestEvil productions brings to our cool horror party and events. So it's obviously not a whole new Fear FestEvil convention, it's just a taste of the craziness you find at Fear FestEvil...and rest assured that we are working hard on the full Fear FestEvil II as you read this."
Scion Audio Visual will celebrates San Diego's enormous comic & entertainment convention with Metallica guitar player Kirk Hammett and his toy company Kirk Von Hammett Toys with an exclusive, RSVP-only celebration dubbed the “Fear FestEvil After Party.”
Kirk Von Hammett Toys will also present the Famous Zombies Jr. limited edition toy at the year's San Diego Comic Con. The very limited edition green Hammett figure will be available exclusively at San Diego Comic Con, and Kirk will be signing the toy itself at the Nuclear Blast Records/Stern Pinball/JSR merch SDCC booth 503 on July 25th from 1pm to 2pm, and on Saturday July 26th from 2pm to 3pm.
"I'm stoked to be bringing more exclusive wares to the San Diego Comic Con," says Kirk Von Hammett himself, "Nuclear Blast have been friends for quite some time, so I'm happy to be able to bring one of my exclusives to their booth. Being a fan of comics and movies since I was a kid, it's just a huge honor to be at Comic Con on both sides, selling and buying!"
This week, our Official Podcast experienced something of a change.
As regular co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) is away in Europe, long time writer, Diamond Oz (who is ironically, from and residing in Europe) filled in for him to discuss with Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) some of the biggest stories of late.
They begin by talking about the new Cannibal Corpse material, before discussing the forthcoming Slayer tour of North America, where they will be joined by Exodus and Suidical Tendencies and then wrapping things up with an in depth discussion about the new Mastodon album, "Once More 'Round the Sun."
Check out the podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!
Scion Audio Visual will celebrates San Diego's enormous comic & entertainment convention with Metallica guitar player Kirk Hammett and his toy company Kirk Von Hammett Toys with an exclusive, RSVP-only celebration dubbed the “Fear FestEvil After Party.”
The party will showcase a performance by Bay Area thrashers Exodus on July 25th at F6IX located at 526 F Street in San Diego, California. This special Exodus performance will be highlighted by Hammett joining the band on-stage for a few songs.
"Through Scion A/V, we are always looking for creative ways to merge the worlds of music and art that strike a chord with our customers," explained Jeri Yoshizu, manager of sales promotions at Scion. "In addition to sponsoring several tours and dozens of special events each year, we also have the Scion A/V Installation where we support independent visual artists. Partnering with Kirk Hammett and his toy company helps bring distinctive music and art forms to an enthusiastic audience, which is what Scion A/V is all about." More...
When Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, and Exodus played a handful of dates together this past May, every date was sold out. With reviews like "the best show in years that I've been blessed to witness," "a metalhead's dream come true," and "...an onslaught of heart-pounding tunes during an evening full of awesome head banging action," how could this trinity of thrash legends not join up again for a full-on road trip?
With Scion proudly presenting, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, and Exodus will hit the road this fall, kicking off November 12th in Oakland, CA, playing through to December 5th in Detroit, MI. The confirmed itinerary is below.
Slayer fan club members are invited to take advantage of a ticket pre-sale that will begin this Wednesday, June 25 at 10AM (local time) and ends on Thursday, June 26 at 5:00PM (local time). Fan club members will receive an email with instructions for ticket purchasing. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, June 27 at 10:00AM (local time).
Said Slayer's Tom Araya, "We are way fucking excited about hitting the road again with Suicidal and Exodus. Fucking intense. See you in the fall."
Added Mike Muir, Suicidal Tendencies' vocalist, "Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, for only six shows? They were a blast, but everyone knew that wouldn't be enough. Now's your chance to see what everyone else was screaming about. ST definitely can't wait 'til November to do it all again!"
"This monumental tour is a heavy metal collision of epic proportions," added Exodus vocalist Steve 'Zetro' Souza who has just rejoined the band. "For my first tour back with Exodus, I'm beyond excited to be on the road with my brothers in true thrash metal! I'm also looking forward to meeting and hanging out with all of the fans on this heavy as hell tour." More...
There's been no shortage of hot-button weekly metal news lately - well, very little shortage, anyway; sometimes we at the Metalunderground.com Official Podcast (listen here) are forced to make shit up - and perhaps the most hotly contested announcement is that of the big ol' Singer Change. Replace a bassist or keyboardist and no one bats an eye. Replace a guitarist or drummer and healthy debate ensues. Replace a singer and everyone loses their minds.
It happened in March when Alissa White-Gluz (ex-The Agonist) stepped into the shoes of veteran Arch Enemy frontwoman Angela Gossow, and now it's happened again on the Left Coast: Bay Area thrashers Exodus have relieved vocalist Rob Dukes of his duties after nine years and four albums of service, making way for the return of previous frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza. Reactions have been mixed and somewhat heated, and here to discuss just that is your fabulous co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure).
Next, Mike and dashing co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) tackle the fresh new single "Rusted Nail" from Swedish metal giants In Flames, of which they both are confirmed fans for life. However, reactions to this song are mixed as well, and the overall attitude toward the band's upcoming album "Siren Charms" is one of... shall we say, "cautious optimism."
Finally, Mike offers his initial reaction to the upcoming album "Origins" from Swiss folk metal heroes Eluveitie. He was blessed with an early promo for review, and concludes that this effort combines elements of the band's past and present and is likely to satisfy fans old and new alike.
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Exodus recently announced the departure of vocalist Rob Dukes and the return of former member Steve "Zetro" Souza. Dukes has now issued the following statement about parting ways with the band:
"I'm no longer the singer of Exodus. I'm grateful for the last 9 years. I've had the experience of touring the world playing music.
"I was just a regular guy, a fan, and I got the chance to front a legendary band while having no prior experience of being a singer. I had no idea what I was doing and made it up as I was going along.
"It was a great chapter of my life, I'm bummed it ended with them, but I have another band Generation Kill. So I will concentrate on that right now and continue to build hot rods and build a car to race in the Baja 1000. I will be riding my motorcycle all over this beautiful country every chance I get, that's the next chapter of my life." More...
The American thrash metal legends in Exodus announced they have parted company with vocalist Rob Dukes, who recorded three albums with the veterans since joining in 2005, following the band's bitter second split with Souza. A statement from Exodus guitarist Gary Holt reads as follows:
"As a band, we all had to make a very difficult choice to part ways with Rob Dukes. We have nothing but love and admiration for him and the deepest gratitude for the hard work he has put in and the great work on some killer records. But at this time, Tom, Lee, Jack and myself thought a change was necessary and the unanimous choice going forward was to welcome back Steve Souza to the fold!"
Souza added: "I spent a great part of my life with Exodus, that blood flows through me, even not being in the band for the past 10 years, you can’t erase that chemistry. I’m very excited!"
Since leaving Exodus in 2005, Steve Souza has kept busy with such projects as Dublin Death Patrol and Hatriot. Exodus are currently working on their eleventh studio album, which will be the sixth to feature the returning vocalist.
San Francisco's veteran thrashers in Exodus have entered a studio in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap to record their eleventh album.
Guitarist and songwriter Gary Holt has issued the following update:
“We are well into drum tracks; everything is going super smooth and Tom [Hunting] is just killing it! Best drum sound this band has ever laid down - sounds just simply pummeling! Only one more song and some B sides to go, then we go through things and make sure everything is up to par, and then time for guitars! Can't wait to add the crunch to these monsters. This is gonna be so goddamned heavy it ain't even funny! We couldn't be more stoked and pleased with how this record is coming along! Bludgeoning!”
Exodus performed at Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEviL in San Francisco in early February. This May, the band will also play six shows as direct support to Slayer with openers Suicidal Tendencies before joining Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, and Kid Rock at this year’s Rock On The Range festival.
5/9 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Salt Air
5/10 - Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
5/11 - Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
5/13 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
5/15 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
5/16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
5/17 - Columbus, OH @ Columbus Crew Stadium - Rock on the Range
8/10 - Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau - Heavy Montreal
Exodus international dates:
7/11 - Balingen, Germany @ Bang Your Head Festival
7/12 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Antwerp Metal Festival
8/16 - Bogota, Columbia @ Rock al Parque
Slayer will take a break from writing and recording their next album to hit the road on May 9 for a handful of dates intended to pummel devotees with a night of moshing and frenetic thrash-punk-metal. Joining Slayer as Special Guests for these shows are Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, marking the first time Slayer and Suicidal have toured together since the 1990 European “Clash of the Titans” tour. Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for Slayer’s fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman, will do double-duty as guitarist in his primary band, Exodus.
Tickets for Slayer/Suicidal/Exodus go on sale this Friday, January 24 - log onto www.slayer.net for ticketing information.
"Can't wait for this week of shows to happen,” said Slayer’s Kerry King. "LOVE Suicidal, and havent played with them in over 20 years! Everyone knows I'm a huge Exodus fan also. I guarantee you I will be watching every show from the stage! Going to be awesome!!!"
“It’s been 24 years since Suicidal Tendencies played with Slayer," added Suicidal Tendencies’ Mike Muir, "so it’s long overdue that we finally play some shows in the States together. I have lots of great memories from that tour, and know that there will be a lot more after these shows, for the band and the people. Can’t wait!"
Gary Holt states, " I am very excited to announce Exodus will be joining Suicidal Tendencies and the mighty Slayer in May for a short trip ending at the Rock on the Range! Double duty will have never been so much fun! Looking forward to this one in a big way! Let the mayhem begin!”
The dates will culminate for all three bands at the May 17th “Rock on The Range” rock festival in Columbus, OH, where they will share the stage with artists including Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, and Kid Rock.
Confirmed dates are as follows: More...
The Rock On The Range festival will bring the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock and many more to Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH on May 16, 17 & 18.
To guarantee that festival-goers will experience true, blistering heavy metal during this monumental weekend, Bay Area thrash legends Exodus are also confirmed to bring on the brutality, Saturday, May 17th!
Gary Holt states, “Exodus is super fired up to announce our participation in the year’s Rock On The Range! It’s our honor to share the stage with so many amazing artists and we will do our best to see to it that shit hits the proverbial fan when we take the stage!”
The full lineup consists of: More...
Metallica guitarist and horror aficionado Kirk Hammett has announced Kirk Von Hammett's FEAR FestEvil, a multifaceted horror and music festival to take place at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom on February 7th and February 8th, 2014.
The inaugural event will feature highlights of Hammett's world famous Crypt Collection (including some of the most valuable horror collectibles in the world) inside a former Masonic temple, an extensive array of panels, live music, vendors and special guests.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to wander through out the venue and experience various "haunting areas" for one of a kind scares, and will even be able to take a taxidermy class on-site. Single day and full weekend tickets are available here.
"This will be the most sinister, evil, over the top horror and music festival to date," said Kirk Hammett. "I'm excited to bring horror fanatics, music fans, and other freaks together under the same roof in my hometown and can't wait to unleash my own personal horror collection for display."
Confirmed guests to appear include Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), pioneering make-up artist and actor Tom Savini, legendary horror scribe John A. Russo (Night of the Living Dead), Anthrax co-founder Scott Ian, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist and horror enthusiast Slash, Heather Kangenkamp (Nightmare On Elm Street), Ron Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi Jr. and Sara Karloff, actresses P.J.Soles, Barbara Crampton, Patty Mullen, and Erika Eleniak, original Godzilla actor Haruo Nakajima, original Ultraman Satoshi "Bin" Furuya, Academy Award winning make-up artist Joel Harlow, Kane Hodder aka Jason Vorhees, tattoo artist and TV personality Amy Nicoletto, and more to be announced.
FEAR FestEvil will also feature live music with performances by Exodus and Carcass on Friday, February 7th (Hammett will make an appearance with the legendary Bay Area thrashers) and Death Angel, Orchid, and Death Division on Saturday, February 8th.
The 40 minute documentary "Out of the Black" has now been released online and now can be seen below. While it focuses on black metal, the clip features a variety of interviews with thrash and death bands.
The creators of the movie describe the clip as "a documentary about true black metal in America as compared to the European scene. A detailed examination of the musical and social origins of black metal and how black metal was influenced by American death metal and thrash, and European thrash. We also concentrated on the opinions of those outside of the black metal scene. We interviewed some of the godfathers of death metal and thrash to get their opinion."