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Exodus' Gary Holt Talks About The State of Thrash Metal

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Having recently been confirmed for the Lorca Rock festival on June 17th in Murcia, Spain, EXODUS are currently on tour through North America in support of their late 2005 release, Shovel Headed Kill Machine with Full Blown Chaos and Subzero. Besides using his time on the tour bus to work on riffs for the next album (and he SWEARS there will be no delays on this one!), Gary recently spoke to Nashua Telegraph correspondent Shawn Macomber about the current state of the thrash metal genre:

"If I was doing this for some quick buck - and let's be clear, there aren't a whole lot of 'em involved in this, I make a living at it but I'm certainly not rich - it would show. People would see right through it. They would listen to our records and hear the sound of someone past their prime doing it just to make a dollar. You have to love it for it to be honest. I still do."

"It seems like timing [for a comeback] is good right now, but, you know, I never really concerned myself with what everyone else was doing. Of course, that doesn't mean I don't think it's great that after the death of this whole nu-metal atrocity young bands are embracing the kind of music we pioneered and actually doing their own version of it. I couldn't be happier, and some of these great new bands - Shadows Fall, Lamb of God, Hypocrisy, The Haunted - have become very good friends of mine. But I'd be doing my thing either way."

"I'm not surprised [to see the resurgence in thrash metal] because I always saw nu-metal as a really, really bad trend that would have no staying power whatsoever," HOlt continued. "The most popular bands from that era are long dead and forgotten. Fred Durst's 15 minutes of fame are way up. I bet Paris Hilton won't even return his calls anymore."

Remaining dates for the EXODUS tour with Full Blown Chaos and Subzero are as follows:

05/14/06 DENVER, CO - Blueprint Theatre
05/16/06 SEATTLE, WA - Studio Seven
05/17/06 PORTLAND, OR - Rock n Roll Pizza
05/18/06 ORANGEVALE, CA - The Boardwalk
05/19/06 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Pound

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1. Thrash Banger writes:

Gary Holt, one of the most underrated figures in the history of Metal.
EXODUS!!!!!!!!!!!

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2. slayerdisciple writes:

lol paris hilton wont even call him thats pretty pathetic fred durst is a queer

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3. Brian Scalise writes:

You know Gary is right.Exodus helped start what we all really call metal.Before all we had was what one would call hard rock music.I am extremly happy at the fact that Gary has kept running with the ball despite all of the tragedies that have occured within Exodus and it's members.Gary Holt to me is like Another Randy Rhoads. I think that he has been way underated as a guitarist/musician.Gary and the rest of Exodus have always put forth 110% in their music and fans and it shows.It is very cool to get to hang out with Exodus because, you can really see that they are for real.Exodus has never gained the riches that Metallica have but, they are rich in the music and in heart.I can definatly say that because of Gary Holt that i continue to have the desire to pick up my own guitar and jam.I think that there are quite a few of us fans out here that really appreciate what Gary Holt has done by giving so much of himself for the benefit of us fans.Funny that he mentions Paris Hilton because, i have a white rat as a pet and i named it Paris Hilton.I guess great minds think alike.LOL. You know, I think that the underground metal scene is back on the rise but, for me it never really left. I'd pay my very little but hard earned money to see Exodus before i paid to go to some big venue and watch some jack a$$ on stage.Long live Exodus with the horns held high.

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