"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.
While we're not sure about the long-term viability of the holiday, today seems as fitting a time as any to look at 11 essential thrash metal albums that any self-respecting metalhead will have in their record collection.
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.
After wrapping up a grueling tour pulling double-duty with both Exodus and Slayer, we managed to catch up with guitarist Gary Holt to talk about the rigors of playing with two bands at once, the Big Four jam, and when the next Exodus album might surface...