Plenty of bands see a second wind later on in their careers, but for Bay Area thrash legends Exodus it’s really been extraordinary. Starting with 2004’s Tempo of the Damned, the band have steadily released album after album, each better than the next, while performing countless festivals and reminding the world how killer they’ve always been. Now, it looks like the band will add to their awesome catalog, as Exodus have just announced they’re starting pre-production for their long-awaited new album.
The band posted the following image to their Facebook, which shows vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, guitarist Lee Altus, bassist Jack Gibson, and guitarist Gary Holt front and center (whose recent stint in the final incarnation of Slayer would explain why the band has had to take a break of late). The picture includes the caption, “It is finally happening. Pre production is starting now.”
It is finally happening. Pre production is starting now.
This is obvious huge news for thrash heads. Exodus have been one of the scene’s most important acts since even before Metallica blew up; in fact, Exodus was the band in which guitarist Kirk Hammett cut his teeth. With albums like 1985’s Bonded By Blood (featuring vocalist Paul Baloff, who never got to see his band’s impressive second life) and 1989’s Fabulous Disaster, Exodus quickly became thrash’s underground heroes, a band who would always kick ass but never sell out.
Gary Holy has made news in the recent past with his outspoken hatred for celebrities co-opting metal culture for cred — though he did give Kevin Hart a pass when the comedian rocked an Exodus shirt in an interview.
“Okay everyone… yes I’ve seen this!” Holt posted on Instagram with a photo of Hart and The Rock. “Is he a fan? I highly doubt it, more likely his stylist bought it for a small fortune at some vintage tee shirt shop, if it’s not a modern bootleg. How do I feel? Eh. Another dude using metal shirts to look edgy. Who knows? BUT. I’m a HUGE Kevin Hart fan, so I give him a pass cause he makes me laugh my ass off!”
Words by Chris Krovatin