Legendary Bay Area thrash band Exodus have re-recorded their 1985 classic Bonded By Blood album, with new vocals handled by current Exodus singer Rob Dukes (replacing the original vocal tracks by late frontman Paul Baloff).
"After many years in the planning and discussion stage, we have finally completed the re-recording of Bonded By Blood," says longtime Exodus guitarist Gary Holt. "We have decided to call it Let There Be Blood and it is our way of paying homage to [original singer] Paul Baloff by showing how relevant these songs we had written together still are. We aren't trying to replace the original, that's impossible anyway. We are just giving these songs the benefit of modern production. It's something we talked about before Paul's death and it's always been important to us to do. We were super excited about entering the studio once again to record these classics, and now it's back to writing the next studio record!"
The release date for Let There Be Blood is October 28, 2008 through Zaentz Records.
Produced by Gary Holt, Let There Be Blood was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA, JKZ Production Studio in San Rafael, CA, with vocal tracks by Rob Dukes recorded at J. Rod Production Studios in New City, NY. Andy Sneap mixed and mastered the album at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK.
For the troops in the underground trenches, it began in 1982 with a low generation copy of a local band’s three-song demo. For some, it began with their first listen to Combat Records’ version of Bonded By Blood in 1986. Regardless of the year, Exodus are the undeniable forefathers of thrash metal.
Exodus gained huge notoriety in the international underground scene as a result of the tape trading community. Their dynamic guitar riffing, adrenaline-inducing drum work, and bloodied live shows made all the difference in the band’s mission to take Bay Area Thrash to a worldwide audience.
The immortal, must-have, thrash classic Bonded By Blood was released in 1985 via Torrid Records (then re-released in 1986 on Combat Records), and inspired the likes of Testament, Death Angel, Vio-lence and many others. To this day Bonded By Blood is inspiring a whole new breed of thrash metal.