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Formed: 1980
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
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Robert Trujillo To Join Exodus On Stage

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!"

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 21

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!

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Exodus To Play Fear FestEvil After Party

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...

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Slayer Announces Tour With Exodus

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...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 19

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.

Tune in here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback. You can subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and don't forget to throw in for a free ticket giveaway in Fort Lauderdale (if you're able and willing) for DevilDriver at Revolution Live next Wednesday, June 18th. Just email us at podcast@metalunderground.com with "DEVILDRIVER" in the subject heading, and provide your name matching your ID.

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Rob Dukes Comments On Leaving Exodus

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...

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Exodus Reunites With Steve "Zetro" Souza

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.

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Exodus Checks In From The Studio

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

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Slayer Announces Dates With Suicidal Tendencies

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.

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Exodus Playing Rock On The Range

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!”

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Exodus To Play Fear FestEvil

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.

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"Out Of The Black" Documentary Available Online

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."

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Exodus To Play Fear Festevil 2014

Exodus will be playing at Kirk Von Hammet's Fear Festevil in 2013. The organizers of the fest comment:

"OH YES YES YES! Are we here at your lil' old Fear Festevil delighted to be able to confirm the appearance of legendary Bay Area thrashers Exodus on February 7, at the first FEAR FestEvil ever. The event takes place @ Regency Ballroom 1300 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94108."

Further details on the fest can be found at this location. The following press release was also issued about Exodus:

"When it comes to thrash metal, in particular Bay Area thrash, Exodus are one of the true Godfathers. Formed in 1980 by guitarist Tim Agnello, drummer Tom Hunting, bassist Carlton Melson and some other six-stringer called Kirk Hammett, Agnello soon left, allowing Hammett's guitar tech Gary Holt to step up and in. Hammett then stumbled across Paul Baloff, a demo was recorded, Hammett left to join some other upstarts, Rick Hunolt took the other guitar and the rest became history.

"Their 1984 debut Bonded By Blood is a stonewall genre classic, and with cranium crunching classics such as A Lesson In Violence, Strike Of The Beast and more… We can promise that this will not be a calm or gentle soiree more than an aural beatdown. The current line-up of Holt, Lee Altus on guitar, Hunting, Jack Gibson on bass and Rob Dukes on vocals has been in place since 2005. Exodus' last album was 2010's Exhibit B: The Human Condition on Nuclear Blast Records, and the band have just started working on new material for a prospective release later in 2014."

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Bloodstock Open Air Live Stream All Weekend

As previously reported the 2013 installment of the Bloodstock Open Air Festival in Derbyshire, United Kingdom is streaming now and all weekend long.

To view all the action, head over to the live stream now.

Headliners Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax are scheduled to be part of the action. The festival will also feature appearances from: King Diamond, Accept, Voivod, Municipal Waste, Firewind, Dark Funeral, Ex Deo, Death Angel, Avantasia, Sabaton, Gojira, Katakylsm, Hell, 3 Inches Of Blood, Beholder, Stormbringer, Devildriver, Exodus, Amorphis, Fozzy, Whitechapel and Gama Bomb to name a few. For a schedule of bands, head over to this location. More...

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Bloodstock Open Air Live Stream Available

The 2013 installment of the Bloodstock Open Air, scheduled to begin on Thursday August 8th and continue through Sunday, August 11th, will be broadcast live from Derbyshire, U.K. via the live stream at Daily Motion, or by simply bookmarking this page and coming back to watch the entire feed in the player right here:


Live Stream - Bloodstock Festival 2013 by BloodstockFestival

The schedule for bands to be streamed live has not yet been finalized, however, headliners Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax are scheduled to be part of the action. The festival will also feature appearances from: King Diamond, Accept, Voivod, Municipal Waste, Firewind, Dark Funeral, Ex Deo, Death Angel, Avantasia, Sabaton, Gojira, Katakylsm, Hell, 3 Inches Of Blood, Beholder, Stormbringer, Devildriver, Exodus, Amorphis, Fozzy, Whitechapel and Gama Bomb to name a few. For more information, head over to this location. More...

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Exodus Working On New Album

Veteran thrashers Exodus have some big news - the band is set to release a brand new album in 2014! Exodus is currently immersed in the writing process and will issue more updates as the recording time nears.

Exodus will also head across the pond this week for a tour of 17 European cities, with stops in Barcelona, Dublin, London, and more.

Although Slayer is currently tapping the talents of guitarist Gary Holt for a European tour, Holt is confirmed to perform at select Exodus dates. When Holt is not performing with Exodus, Heathen guitarist Kragen Lum will fill in on guitar.

8/2 - Santiago de Compostela, ES @ Resurrection Festival
8/3 - Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz 3
8/4 - Luynes, FR @ Le Korigan
8/5 - Pisa, IT @ The Jungle
8/6 - Graz, AT @ Explosiv
8/7 - Lindau, DE @ Club Vaudeville
8/8 - Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo
8/9 - Gävle, SE @ Getaway Rock Festival
8/10 - Deinze, BE @ Alcatraz Festival
8/11 - Derby, UK @ Bloodstock Festival
8/12 - Dublin, IR @ Button Factory
8/13 - London, UK @ Underworld
8/14 - Dinkelsbühl, DE @ Summerbreeze Festival
8/15 - Kufstein, AT @ Kulturfabrik
8/16 - Colmar, FR @ Grillen
8/17 - Geneva, CH @ Biubstock Festival
8/18 - Theix, FR @ Motocultor Festival

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Bloodstock Adds More Bands To Festival Lineup

The organizers of the Bloodstock festival have checked in with the following announcement about confirming more bands for this year's edition:

"Here at Bloodstock HQ we are excited to announce a whole batch of new additions for all three stages. There’s only seven weeks left to the most metal weekend of the year!! Have you got your tickets yet?!

"Opening Friday’s main stage, and fresh off the back of the release of ‘IV’, their first album in ten years, are British post metallers, Earthzone 9. The band are stoked to find their way to Catton Park’s hallowed ground, commenting 'Earthtone 9 have never played Bloodstock, so we could not be more excited! It's one of our only gigs this year, so we are truly going to make the most of it. There may well be some drinking!' You can pick up a free download of their single, ‘Horizon’s End’ at this location.

"On Sunday’s Sophie Lancaster stage, Sacred Mother Tongue get added. Having received huge plaudits for their second album, ‘Out of the Darkness’, and live shows, the Northampton based band are building quite the name for themselves. Check out the video for ‘A Light Will Shine’, here. More...

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Exodus Video Interview Available

Necrosexual, the lord of all grimness, interviewed Exodus guitarist Gary Holt during the band's stop in Philadelphia during the Metal Alliance Tour. Check out the clip via Metal Injection or in the player below.

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Gama Bomb Added To Bloodstock Lineup

There’s yet more thrash for Bloodstock with Northern Irish upstarts Gama Bomb landing an opening slot on the Ronnie James Dio mainstage. The band is looking forward to churning up the Catton Park turf, commenting:

“Bloodstock: it’s just like Woodstock, but for heavy metal types, and replacing the love and peace with chips and Carling! And Slayer! Our UK fans have been asking for this for years, and now the dream is real. So pack your tent, back up your arse with bananas and send the word – The G-Bomb are comin’ to Bloodstock!"

The band’s fourth album, "The Terror Tapes," will be released next Monday 22nd April on AFM Records. Check out the new video for "Terrorscope" right here.

British heavy metal standard bearers Beholder also step in to an early mainstage slot on Saturday. Frontman Simon Hall says “For Beholder to actually be asked to do this, without me dropping to my knees and pleading like a bitch is a true acknowledgment of where the band is right now. To be on the best Bloodstock line-up ever is something we’re not going to approach lightly, and on Saturday 10th August, let’s show the rest of the world how true British Metal fans rule all!!”

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Exodus Comments On Breakup Rumors

Rumors have been circulating of a breakup after Exodus cancelled its appearance at the Maryland Deathfest, and the group has now checked in with the following statement about the status of the band:

"We have recently observed a whirlwind of speculation, conspiracy theories, and just plain ole dumb-assed comments on the internet regarding Exodus' future and that of Gary Holt's commitment to this band. The following is an attempt to shed some light on actual facts, as well as trying to clear the air.

"The reason we cancelled our appearance at this years Maryland Death Fest was, in fact, due to Gary's commitment to his sudden and seriously ill father. Actually, just days prior to the start of the Metal Alliance tour, we were making arrangements to have someone fill in for Gary due to his unknown status. As things worked out, his father was able to recover to a somewhat stable condition, yet he is still not 'out of the woods' and continues to be a closely monitored. More...

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