2021 is looking like a big year for thrash titans Exodus, whose new album Persona Non Grata is due out later this summer. But now, drummer Tom Hunting had revealed some bad news: he’s been diagnosed with a squamous cell carcinoma, which is a cancerous tumor normally found on the skin. The problem is that Tom’s is in his stomach, which is incredibly rare.
“Today I will be starting treatment for a squamous cell carcinoma. It’s a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in my upper stomach in February. I’m making this public to raise awareness for people to pay attention to symptoms of stomach and esophageal issues. If they persist, please go get it checked out. I’m not gonna be sheepish talking about it. I feel that if I can help someone with what I’ve learned, or someone out there has information to share with me, it’s a win-win! When you can name the enemy, it’s empowering, and you’re 1 step closer to killing it!
“Ok, you’ve heard the bad news. The good news is he feels great physically! I’m gonna beat this like a fucking snare drum that owes me money!!! I’ve had great doctors and a great support system that is an army in itself. I’m ready for the fight!
“We have a lot to celebrate this year with the release of what will be a career-defining album and tours to follow! I’m stoked for everyone to hear it, and even more excited to get out there and play some of it! I will see you all very soon! CHEERS!!!”
With our never ending support for our bandmate, friend and brother. We Love You.
Important statement from our man Tom…
Everyone at The Pit sends Tom their very best and wishes him a safe and speedy recovery. If Exodus can kick the living shit out of our eardrums for over thirty years, then Tom can sure as hell beat this.
Words by Chris Krovatin