What does it sound like when one of the forefathers of the Bay Area metal scene release a new album? Simple… Blood In, Blood Out.
With the original line-up forming in 1980, Exodus has seen the thrash metal scene grow and evolve over the last 34 years. In October of 2014, the band, with it’s current roster, Steve “Zetro” Souza (Vocals), Gary Holt (Guitars), Lee Altus (Guitars), Jack Gibson (Bass), and Tom Hunting (Drums), have released a new album to show everyone the reports of Exodus being done are a bit premature.
It is the band’s tenth studio release, Blood In, Blood Out, and the first with Steve Souza since 2004’s Tempo of the Damned. Illustrated by Swedish artist Par Olofsson, this album has all the trappings of a classic thrash album, but with the advantages of current soundboard mixing.
Having eleven tracks on the new release, this Andy Sneap produced full-length offering starts with “Black 13” and the title track, “Blood In Blood Out.” Fans of the band and of the whole scene will not be disappointed with the fast paced tempo the band begins with and never really lets up on throughout the disc.
With many of the members having a touch more gray in their beards than when Ronald Reagan was president, age has not slowed down the blistering speed of guitars from Gary and Lee. They still have the ability to stay note for note with each other and will drop a masterful solo rift when given the chance.
Jack’s bass presence is easily heard on all of the album’s tracks and is at the perfect level as to not be forgotten in the controlled chaos of the music. Steve shows on “Collateral Damage” and “Food for the Worms” he can still bring the noise and in your face vocals, with shades of “The Toxic Waltz” from the Fabulous Disaster LP.
Salt the Wound:
“Salt the Wound” is the first single to have a video off the new release. It features one of the founders of the band, Kirk Hammett (Metallica) on guitar.
Exodus with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies starts their US leg of the tour in support of Blood In, Blood Out on Nov 11 and ends Dec 5 at The Fillmore in Detroit. This album and this tour are sure to not disappoint the diehard metal fan in us all. Get it and share it with your neighbors… they’ll thank you for it later.
Exodus in concert – St Louis, 15-May-2014 – Photos by Colleen O’Neil: