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Exodus: Thrashin' Victims

Despite their leader's 'other job' in Slayer, legendary Bay Area pioneers Exodus are back to pummel us the old school way...

THERE WAS A FOUR-YEAR GAP BETWEEN EXODUS’S LAST ALBUM AND BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT. HOW WAS IT MAKING A NEW EXODUS RECORD AFTER MAINLY WORKING WITH SLAYER? Gary Holt [guitar]: “When Kerry [King] called me to do Slayer, I was actually planning to take six to eight months off! I was feeling burned out because Exodus had been going pretty much non-stop since [2004's] Tempo Of The Damned. That didn’t happen, but I did get my break from this band, which re-established the hunger.”

WAS IT EASY TO GET BACK IN THE SADDLE AFTER THE TIME AWAY?

“We went about this album in such an old-school way! We didn’t set up a rack of amps in a big rehearsal room or anything; we just set up shop in Tom’s [drummer Tom Hunting] laundry room out on the goat ranch where he lives.” 

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