Exodus guitarist and principal songwriter Gary Holt has been an influential figure in thrash metal for the last three decades. For the past three years, however, he’s found himself in not one, but two of the most important bands of the genre, doing live-guitarist duty for Slayer while being the man behind Exodus.
"There are so many different fuckers up here jamming, it could be a clusterfuck," says a very sweaty Philip Anselmo, pointing at the audience in an accusatory fashion after he and a pantheon of metal giants finish playing a hyper-charged rendition of Pantera's "Mouth for War" at the Metal Masters concert in New York this past Friday night, September 7.
To mark the tenth anniversary of the passing of legendary metal vocalist Paul Baloff, Exodus and a bunch of their thrashiest friends -- Heathen and Forbidden, to name a couple -- held a concert in his honor, aptly titled Bonded By Baloff.
Exodus, Forbidden, Heathen and Possessed are just a few of the Bay-Area thrash bands who've signed up for a special tribute show to late Exodus vocalist Paul Baloff. The show, titled "Bonded By Baloff: A Decade of Rememberance," will take place Saturday, February 4 at the Oakland Metro Opera House.
In a recent interview with The Quietus, Exodus guitarist Gary Holt revealed that one of his main motivations for filling in for injured Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman was being able to reconnect with Metallica lead guitarist and former Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett.