British Exodus fans couldn’t be more happy this year! Their idols offered them two consecutive crazy shows in London on the 23rd and 24th of March. It was the right time for us to discuss with bassist Jack Gibson about their last critically acclaimed assault “Blood In Blood Out”, the return of charismatic vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza and other topics. I would like to thank Jack Gibson for his time and kindness.
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN, MARKO SYRJALA AND PATRICK CLEMENT
The Finnish Metal-Rules.com commando team made their annual road trip to Sweden Rock. Metal-Rules.com has covered Sweden Rock since 2001. The 2015 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees during the four day festival. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years always being sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was tremendous, despite being quite windy and cold on the opening day. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!
From Hell’s Heart:
What are the top 6 songs about METAL?
This week we reflect upon songs that are about the very thing we all love – heavy metal. Typically, these songs have the word “metal” somewhere in their title. Some may not, but for our purposes, we’ve excluded any songs where the title/topic is “rock”. As much as “Long Live Rock n’ Roll” is an awesome song, or as much as there are other killer songs using the more generic term “rock”, it is not considered here. So here’s what we came up with…
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville will celebrate its fifth anniversary at Jacksonville, Florida’s Metropolitan Park on April 25 & 26! Bay Area thrash pioneers EXODUS are along for the ride this year, joining a stacked rock line-up including Slipknot, Korn and Godsmack, along with Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Ministry, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, the triumphant return of Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, Of Mice & Men and many more (see below for full current band listing).
The exact date that EXODUS will perform will be announced next year.
A discounted ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is available from Tuesday, December 9 at 10:00 AM ET through Friday, December 12 at 9:59 AM ET. A password for access to the ticket pre-sale can be obtained via www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com, local Florida, Georgia and Alabama rock radio stations, and select rock media outlets.
Also visit the site above for VIP ticket info, pricing, hotel packages, and more. Ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks, so fans are encouraged to buy now and save.
The current band lineup for Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville is as follows: Slipknot, Korn and Godsmack, along with Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Ministry, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, Of Mice & Men, In This Moment, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Queensrÿche, Live, Hollywood Undead, In Flames, Motionless In White, Tremonti, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, All That Remains, The Devil Wears Prada, Hatebreed, Periphery, Fozzy, Nonpoint, Exodus, Young Guns, Butcher Babies, Starset, We Are Harlot, Like A Storm, Upon A Burning Body, Beartooth, Islander, ’68, Stars In Stereo, Red Sun Rising, From Ashes To New, Sons Of Texas, World Gone, with more to be announced.
EXODUS just wrapped up their very successful tour with headliners Slayer and fellow special guests Suicidal Tendencies. EXODUS is currently finishing up a run of headline shows to cap off the tour. See below for all remaining tour dates.
Remaining EXODUS Headline Dates:
12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT
12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA
12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
12/13 – Senator Theater – Chico, CA
12/14 – Strummers – Fresno, CA
On October 14th, EXODUS released their brand new album, Blood In, Blood Out, via Nuclear Blast. The record debuted at #38 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 charts in its first week, which concretes Blood In, Blood Out’s status as the band’s highest-charting album to date. Blood In, Blood Out can be 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. The album can also be purchased via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Or, pick up a copy of the album at your local music retailers.
When I spoke with Steve “Zetro” Souza last spring, he talked about prepping his new band Hatriot – which includes two of his sons, drummer Nick and bassist Cody – to learn some old songs from his twice-former band Exodus as they readied for upcoming shows in support of Hatriot’s second album, Dawn of the New Centurion. Three months later, he found himself frantically prepping to learn new Exodus material for a very different reason – a chance to return to the band, which had just dismissed frontman Rob Dukes after a nine-year stint, and see if a third time was the charm.
The second go-round ended famously badly in 2004 on the eve of a South American tour, not long after the release Exodus’ comeback album Tempo of the Damned, which followed a long hiatus and the death of singer Paul Baloff – who Souza had replaced in 1986 and whom the band had initially attempted a reunion with. Guitarist Gary Holt’s now-legendary Souza-skewering forum postings from that time are still reverberating around the Interwebs, even though the two have been back on speaking terms for some time. Indeed, they had even shared the stage together on several occasions in recent years.
This new go-round certainly was a whirlwind “courtship.” Less than a week after Dukes’ dismissal, Souza was in the studio laying down the vocals for the new Exodus album Blood In, Blood Out, which was due out Oct. 14 on Nuclear Blast, and soon thereafter the band played a series of festival shows – with Holt often performing double duty with his “other band,” Slayer. A headline tour of South America and a U.S. tour with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies were set to launch the album.
On the phone from Oakland, Souza spoke excitedly about the rather dramatic turn of events that brought him back into the Exodus fold – which is rounded out by Holt, guitarist Lee Altus, bassist Jack Gibson and founding drummer Tom Hunting – the sense of urgency that fueled the new album and the scramble to get ready to do his part, and making the most of this new/next opportunity – all with lots of football metaphors and F bombs.
Blood In, Blood Out CD + Bonus DVD due out October 14th via Nuclear Blast
Whether you prefer your burgers rare or well done, fans attending the official EXODUS listening party at Kuma’s Corner on October 11thwill get a taste of Blood In, Blood Out in more ways than one! Come listen to Blood In, Blood Out on loop whilst enjoying the brand new, exclusive EXODUS Burger at Kuma’s Corner in Chicago, IL, this Saturday from 7:00-10:00pm. The listening party will also include awesome EXODUS merch giveaways.
The EXODUSBurger is being served up in celebration of the impending release of the band’s 10th studio album, Blood In, Blood Out, out October 14th via Nuclear Blast. Legions of metalheads and foodies unite to listen to the new record and taste a burger that can only be described as food for the fans (see track 11).
Blood In, Blood Out CD + Bonus DVD due out October 14th via Nuclear Blast
iTunes Pre-Orders Get “Salt The Wound” & “Blood In, Blood Out” Instant Grat Tracks
View Behind-The-Scenes Photos from the “Blood In, Blood Out” Music Video Shoot
Try the EXODUS BURGER at the Official “Blood In, Blood Out” Listening Party at Kuma’s Corner on Saturday, 10/11 in Chicago
In the fifth and final exclusive trailer on GUITAR WORLD.com that showcases material from the bonus “Making Of” DVD entitled “Blood Upon The Goat,” EXODUSdrummer Tom Hunting gives fans a tour of his “Goats-R-Us Ranch & Studios” where the band’s tenth studio album Blood In, Blood Out was recorded.
“We took a little bit different approach to the recording of the drums this time,” shares Hunting. “We wanted a real drum room with live mics to have that ambient room tone.”
In the fourth of five exclusive trailers on GUITAR WORLD.com that showcases material from the bonus “Making Of” DVD entitled “Blood Upon The Goat,” EXODUSbassist Jack Gibson checks in about stepping up to the plate to handle engineering duties on the band’s new Blood In, Blood Out album: “With Gary [Holt] doing the SLAYER stuff, we were really getting down to the wire. We were gonna need to make this record in this window of time… so I just stepped up and said, ‘I’ll do it.’”
Metal fan James Evans, who got arrested for posting lyrics of Exodus track “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” to his Facebook wall on August 24, recently gave a few comments on the matter, calling the situation “pretty worrisome.”
“It’s surreal,” the 31-year-old told Billboard. “I didn’t think anything would come of it.”
After initially finding Evans, the police officers proceeded to ask him if he was planning to harm anyone. “I assumed the conversation got resolved,” he said. “They informed [my mother] that I may or not be charged. They said they were going to talk to me at work, but they never showed up. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal.”
However, the police was quick to show up with an arrest warrant for James, claiming that “he threatened to kill students and or staff at school.”
“They never even cuffed me, just put me in the back of the car,” he said. “They knew I wasn’t dangerous. They were kind of shocked, too, because they thought it had been resolved. They just had to serve it because it was in their jurisdiction.”
Evans further assumed he would be released, but instead he was charged with a Class C felony for “terrorist threatenings,” facing a possible five to 10-year jail sentence.
“I couldn’t believe it got that out of hand,” he said. “At the same time it’s worrisome because I have a family to take care of. I have a three-month-old son.”
A week later, James was handed a deferment for six months and was also ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. If he complies with the court, all charges will be dropped.
There has been an unfortunate situation that has come to the band’s attention. A fan in Greenville, Kentucky has been arrested and is currently being jailed for alleged terroristic threats for posting the lyrics to the EXODUS song ‘Class Dismissed’.
The band EXODUS does not promote or condone terrorists, threats or bullying. That being said, the band is somewhat baffled by the fact that this man being charged for what seems against his first amendment rights of Freedom of Speech.
“The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society,” states EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt. “James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song ‘Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)’ was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked up behavior. It was the Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive.”
Gary continues, “As some of us in EXODUS are parents, of course these things hit close to home, it’s every parent’s worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares, and life, as well as music, isn’t always pretty. But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band, including EXODUS, and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society.”