Gary Holt of Exodus: It’s a little outside the box. It’s really super crushing, but I think people will be surprised.

This weekend, Exodus will headline it’s first Bay Area club shows since late 2013 when the band takes over the Chapel in San Francisco’s Mission District for two nights. The band is promising a special event for fans with plans to film the Exodus as they perform some rarely heard songs alongside classic hits in addition to inviting some past members onstage for guest appearances. CBS SF spoke to Holt earlier this week about the two-night SF residency as well as his plans with both Exodus and Slayer.

CBS SF: When we talked a few years ago prior to Blood In Blood Outbeing recorded, you mentioned having gotten the “Pink Floyd or Rush of thrash” out of your system as far as Exhibit A and Exhibit B leaning towards more complex song structures. Do you see the new album sticking to the more straight forward type of tunes that were on Blood In Blood Out?

Gary Holt: You know, it’s hard to say. Of the stuff I’ve written so far, I think the songs are shorter, but I think they’re also at the same time more progressive than the last album. It’s a little outside the box. It’s really super crushing, but I think people will be surprised.

It’s an Exodus album, but as of now, the stuff Tom and I have been putting together is a bit different. It’s got those subtle changes that make for a departure, but it will still stay true to the core of the band’s sound.

CBS SF: Had Exodus played or toured with Maiden before?

Gary Holt: No, Maiden has been out on tour with Ghost, but I think they did this a couple of years ago as well. When they played the Southern California show they added some bands and made it kind of like a mini festival because that amphitheater down there is massive. I guess you’d call it a little one-day Maiden fest. It was a pretty epic show. It just had some epic technical failures.

Full interview here @ CBS SF

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Gary Holt Of Slayer And Exodus Raffles Off Guitar And Fundraiser For Friend With Cancer

 

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Lisa and Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer) are auctioning off this ESP custom guitar from his collection, signed by all the members of Slayer, Tesatment and Carcass, to raise money for their friend Hawk who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and needs financial help through this. Click on picture above to bid. Click here to donate.

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New Hellyeah Video Interview With Tom Maxwell in Sacramento, California

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Tom Maxwell (born June 25, 1968 of super group Hellyeah shares his thoughts with former United States Army Sergeant Adam Kirk of Capital Chaos TV 02/08/15 @ Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, California

Tom Maxwell (born June 25, 1968) is a modern metal/rock guitarist in the bands Knives Out! and Hellyeah. Previous bands include Nothingface in which he was a founding member and main song-writer with Bill Gaal. After Nothingface he was involved in a band with Skrape vocalist Billy Keeton. In the 1980s he was in thrash metal band Have Mercy. His style of playing and writing relies more on grooves and hooks rather than shredding and fast soloing. Maxwell hails from Baltimore, Maryland, and got his first guitar, a 1969 Gibson Les Paul, when he was eight years old. According to Maxwell, he still owns it. He is currently endorsing on Dean Guitars website.

 

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Zakk Wylde Announces The Unblackened Tour‏

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(New York, NY) – Hard rock legends BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, fronted by guitar icon ZAKK WYLDE, have announced the Unblackened tour. Originally performed as a one night only concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles for a live CD/DVD release two years ago, the show will now make its way across the U.S. The show will feature intimate versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde’s best-selling solo album Book of Shadows & his Southern rock band Pride & Glory. “I always wanted to take Unblackened on the road, we just didn’t have the time until now,” said Wylde. “You can take a song that you’ve played thousands of times and rearrange it, and all of a sudden it’s something totally fresh. The attitude of the songs doesn’t change when we play them acoustically–the tunes are gritty regardless.”

April 03 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
April 04 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
April 06 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
April 08 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
April 09 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
April 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
April 12 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
April 14 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
April 16 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
April 17 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
April 18 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
April 19 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove of Anaheim

Full Set of Exodus Live In Argentina

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Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1980 in Richmond, California.Spanning a career of 34 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members. Their current lineup consists of vocalist Steve Souza, guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus, bassist Jack Gibson and drummer Tom Hunting. Hunting is one of the original members, and departed from Exodus twice, in 1989 and 2004, but rejoined in 2007. Holt joined the band shortly after its formation, and is the only member of Exodus to appear on all their releases. FOR FULL SET CLICK ON PICTURE ABOVE.

 

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EXODUS INTERVIEW AT KIRK VON HAMMETT’S FEAR FESTEVIL, SCION AV ALL PURPOSE SHOW

Thrash legends Exodus visited the Scion AV All Purpose Show to talk with host Prince Paul. In San Diego “to jam and massacre some legendary songs” at the after-party for Kirk Von Hammet’s Fear FestEvil, Exodus took the time to discuss lineup changes, moving forward and their upcoming Blood in Blood Out. Torch-carrying guitarist Gary Holt, drummer and co-founder Tom Hunting (now on his third stint with the band) and recently returned vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza (also on third trip) sit in on this discussion. As to how they came to the lineup they’ve assembled for Blood In Blood Out, Hunting says, “We were at an impasse, and this album number 10, so it had to be special.”

First EXODUS Bonus DVD Trailer‏ Available

“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 thrashers 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 entitled “Blood Upon The Goat,” which will be included in the album’s digi-pak and import box set versions.

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Listen to the new album EXODUS track “Salt The Wound” featuring a guest guitar solo by original EXODUS & current METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett and lead vocal work by returning band frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4brr7vf-P4egVHvggweOlSKfM2oB7qs

 

Produced by Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, KREATOR, MEGADETH), Blood In, Blood Out can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats. Bundles include a t-shirt with exclusive artwork by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (PSYCROPTIC, ABYSMAL DAWN, REVOCATION) + a poster (while supplies last).

 

Fans who pre-order Blood In, Blood Out on iTunes will receive an instant “Salt The Wound” download.  Get yours here: http://geni.us/exobiboitunes

EXODUS Reveal Special Guests on New Album BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT‏

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Bay Area thrash metal provocateurs EXODUS proudly announce the special guests appearing on their latest showcase of unrefined rage 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 (GORILLAZ, MIKE PATTON, DELTRON 3030).

 

“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) contributed a 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.

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Produced by Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, KREATOR, MEGADETH), Blood In Blood Out features cover illustration by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (PSYCROPTIC, ABYSMAL DAWN, REVOCATION).

 

The album can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition boxset formats.  Bundles include a t-shirt with exclusive artwork for North America + a poster (while supplies last).

 

Track listing for the deluxe digi-pak version of Blood In, Blood Out is:

01 – Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator)

02 – Blood In, Blood Out

03 – Collateral Damage

04 – Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett)

05 – Body Harvest

06 – BTK (featuring Chuck Billy)

07 – Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage

08 – My Last Nerve

09 – Numb

10 – Honor Killings

11 – Food For The Worms

 

BONUS DVD includes:

-“Blood Upon The Goat” making-of footage

-Behind-the-scenes tour footage

-Footage from Kirk Hammett’s Fear FestEVIL After Party at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con

 

The digital version of Blood In, Blood Out will include the digital bonus track “Angel Of Death” (ANGEL WITCH cover).

 

The album’s Japanese edition includes the “Protect Not Dissect” bonus track featuring Rat from THE VARUKERS/DISCHARGE.

 

EXODUS heads out to South America in October before returning for a supporting run this November with fellow metal titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies.  The Scion-sponsored leg of this U.S. tour launches on November 11th with two shows at The Fox Theater in Oakland, California.  The 26-show trek includes nine headlining off-dates with additional performances to be announced soon.  Tickets are on sale now via the links on the official EXODUS Facebook page.

 

Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS VIP Experience packages are now available for the entire tour via SLOtix.com. Visit the site for tour package details.

 

All EXODUS VIP Experience attendees will be included in a giveaway for either an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or an EXODUS guitar.  At the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they’ve won!

 

EXODUS in North America with Slayer & Suicidal Tendencies

11/11 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA (2nd show added!)

11/12 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA

11/14 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA

11/15 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ

11/17 – Coca Cola Bricktown Events Venter – Oklahoma City, OK

11/18 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX

11/19 – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie (Dallas), TX

11/21 – Hard Rock Café/Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL

11/22 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

11/23 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC (EXODUS ONLY)

11/24 – Empire – North Springfield, VA (EXODUS ONLY)

11/25 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY

11/26 – Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA

11/28 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA

11/29 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ

11/30 – Tower Theater – Upper Darby (Philadelphia), PA

12/02 – Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH

12/03 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY (EXODUS ONLY)

12/04 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN

12/05 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI

12/07 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS (EXODUS ONLY)

12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO (EXODUS ONLY)

12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT (EXODUS ONLY)

12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA (EXODUS ONLY)

12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA  (EXODUS ONLY)

12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR  (EXODUS ONLY)