A mainstay and pioneer of the American thrash-metal sound, Exodus, with their 30+ years of history and ten studio albums, rolled into KC and fired up the Uptown.

Exodus is currently on the road visiting the various metal-fests. They are playing Rock On The Range in Columbus Ohio this weekend with the likes of Slayer, Motorhead, Five Finger Death Punch, among others. According to their website, they are slated to head to Germany for Bang Your Head Fest’ 2014 on July 11th, and then on to Belgium for Antwerp Metal Fest 2014 on July 12th. They finish out the summer festival season with Heavy MTL in Montreal on August 10th and Rock Al Parque in Bogota, Colombia on August 16th.

In its long career, Exodus has undergone numerous lineup changes. Of the lineup which recorded their album Bonded By Blood (considered one of the most influential thrash metal albums of all time), only drummer Tom Hunting and guitarist Gary Holt remain. The vocalist on the album, Paul Baloff died in 2002 after suffering a stroke. Rounding out the rest of the current lineup is Jack Gibson (bass), Lee Altus (guitar), and Rob Dukes (vocals).

National Rock Review photographer, Casey Drahota, was on hand to capture their concert in Kansas City at the Uptown Theater. Here are the images from that night.

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From the first time Casey played one of his mom's old records on her pioneer turntable, he knew what he wanted to be, a rock star. Everything changed after seeing his first concert, Def Leopard back in the 80's. It is one thing to listen to a great song on the radio, but to see a great performer on stage performing that same song is what he loves. His life long passion for live music has intersected with a more recent passion of photography to once again change everything by introducing him to the world of concert photography. Getting a great shot of an amazing performance and seeing the reactions to a photograph can be exhilarating. Being a concert photographer can be chaotic, exciting, high energy, obstacle ridden, right in the mix place to be while trying to concentrate on getting great band interaction and emotion.

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