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Gary Holt of Exodus

February 1st, 2006

Gary Holt of EXODUS

Interview and live pics by Luxi Lahtinen 
Pic of Gary and Luxi by Humberto Sanchez

 

Lots of things have been going on in the Exodus camp since the band´s highly praised comeback album TEMPO OF THE DAMNED was released in 2004 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band lost their vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza on the eve of the band´s South American tour due to his other commitments in his life outside of Exodus. When the two other original Exodus members, Tom Hunting and Rick Hunolt, left Exodus due to different reasons in the same year, the band started struggling – leaving Gary Holt as the only original member left from the classic Exodus line-up. People started wondering whether Exodus´ so-called  ´second coming (or third, it depends on whether the band´s live record ANOTHER LESSON IN VIOLENCE, released in 1997, can be considered as the band´s 2nd coming or not?)´ would be over before it even had started.

Gary, however, didn´t loose faith for his life’s work, Exodus, and decided to pull the strings even tighter together in his fists and found Rob Dukes to replace Zetro on vocals, Lee Altus from the Frisco thrashers Heathen to replace Rick Hunolt for the 2nd guitar and no less than Paul Bostaph (ex-Forbidden, ex-Slayer) to replace Tom Hunting on the skinbasher´s stool. The band started rolling on the right tracks again and Exodus´ next album SHOVEL HEADED KILL MACHINE was put out with this particular line-up. For some, it never reached the same standards musically as TEMPO did, but for many, it was even better and more rewarding as far as the album´s material as a whole was concerned.

I met Gary in Helsinki on the 24th of November 2005 on the band´s on-going European tour with Hypocrisy and Keep of Kalessin, and got a chance talk him briefly about the new album, touring, celebrities, the first satanic band of all time Witchcraft Coven – and what exactly happened between Gary with his previous band mates. 


 
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Hypocrisy / Exodus : The 24th Of November, Helsinki Finland

December 5th, 2005

HYPOCRISY & EXODUS
(Keep Of Kalessin)
November 24, 2005
Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland

Review and pics by Arto Lehtinen

The past year has been an incredible metal year here in Finland as several classic well known bands have visited doing two, or even three, gigs. Especially the old school thrash metal bands have gained an entire new fan base as Slayer, Testament, Destruction and now Exodus have all thrashed in front of huge and fanatical crowds.  Exodus finally made it to Finland last year, giving their first lesson of violence in a huge outdoor rock festival. Hypocrisy has been a more constant visitor in Finland and gathered a solid but small following. Putting three bands on the same touring package consisting of three separate metal genres was definitely a brilliant way to combine these different metal styles and have an almost sold out club in the middle of the week.



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Exodus – Live In Portland

November 8th, 2005

 
(with Crisis, Watch Them Die, 3 Inches Of Blood)
Hawthorne Theater
November 1st, 2005
Portland Oregon USA

Pics and review by Swissman

Another business trip seemed to have worked out quite well. I was sent to Portland to work on some stuff. I called my friend Pest who immediately told me that Exodus was going to be in town that night and that we should go and see them. Of course I totally agreed..


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TESTAMENT – Alex Skolnick

October 3rd, 2005


TESTAMENT – Alex Skolnick

 

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen and Marko Syrjala

Live and offstage pictures by Luxi Lahtinen and Marko Syrjala

Thanks to Blake Wolfe for the transcription

 

There is no doubt that Testament is one of the most important bands in the history of Speed – and Thrash Metal. The original line-up of Testament has released such classic albums as "The Legacy", "New Order" and "Practice What You Preach". In 1992 the band unfortunately lost its two original members when guitarist Alex Skolnick and drummer Louie Clemente decided to leave the band, but luckily the rest of the band still decided to carry on, releasing more high quality albums with several different line-ups.

Now thirteen years later Testament are back with the classic line-up – and let?s at least hope they are here again to stay. We met Alex Skolnick at the backstage after Testament’s brilliant performance at the Tuska Festival last July, talked with him about both the days of Legacy (pre-Testament), Testament and his musical career in some other line-ups (Savatage, etc.) naturally as well.

Here?s the result of that particular conversation, so enjoy your reading…  ;o) 

 


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Megadeth / Exodus Live In Vancouver Friday, November 26, 2004

December 9th, 2004

Megadeth/Exodus

Friday, November 26, 2004

The Commodore Ballroom

Vancouver, BC  Canada

Live Review & All Photos By Lord of the Wasteland

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