Exodus Drummer Tom Hunting Diagnosed With Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Exodus’ Tom Hunting has revealed that he has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the stomach. The drummer went on to say that he will begin treatment for the disease today (April 13).

Hunting issued the following statement:

“Today I will be starting treatment for a squamous cell carcinoma. It’s a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in my upper stomach in February.

I’m making this public to raise awareness for people to pay attention to symptoms of stomach and esophageal issues. If they persist, please go get it checked out.

I’m not gonna be sheepish talking about it. I feel that if I can help someone with what I’ve learned, or someone out there has information to share with me, it’s a win-win! When you can name the enemy, it’s empowering, and you’re 1 step closer to killing it!

Ok, you’ve heard the bad news. The good news is he feels great physically! I’m gonna beat this like a fucking snare drum that owes me money!!! I’ve had great doctors and a great support system that is an army in itself. I’m ready for the fight!

We have a lot to celebrate this year with the release of what will be a career-defining album and tours to follow! I’m stoked for everyone to hear it, and even more excited to get out there and play some of it! I will see you all very soon! CHEERS!!!”

[via Blabbermouth]

Exodus And Death Angel Members’ AC/DC Tribute Band AC/DZ Announce Livestream Concert

AC/DZ, the AC/DC tribute band featuring Exodus frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza and Death Angel drummer Will Carroll, will be playing a livestream concert next month. The virtual event will be held on April 3 at 12:00 p.m. PST and tickets can be found HERE.

Steve “Zetro” Souza On New Exodus Album: “It’s Fucking Heavy As Shit”

Exodus frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza recently discussed the band’s new album, “Persona Non Grata,” in a new “Zetro’s Toxic Vault” video. The effort is expeted to be released this summer and Zetro had the following to say about it:

“The EXODUS fans are not gonna be disappointed. It’s fucking heavy as shit, it’s fast, it’s brutal, it’s violent. The lyrical content is very deep and very heavy. [Guitarist] Gary Holt wrote some really great compositions on this. And the whole band, as a band, performed really well on this. It seemed like we were all hungry again going after it. We were so excited to be together for some reason. We have Gary back, and we know that he’s not gonna be going away to tour [with SLAYER] anytime soon, so we knew that this was gonna be a very important record, which it is. And you’ll hear that when it finally gets released.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Mammoth WVH Added To 2021 Aftershock Festival

Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH project has been added to the 2021 Aftershock Festival. That event will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 7-10 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 7: Limp Bizkit, Parkway Drive, Testament, Hatebreed, Exodus, Knocked Loose, and Fit For A King.

October 8: Metallica, Rancid, Volbeat, Seether, +LIVE+, Skillet, Suicidal Tendencies, Avatar, Pop Evil, Butcher Babies, Des Rocs, Ayron Jones, Crobot, Cleopatrick, Ego Kill Talent, Crown Lands, UnityTX, and Contracult Collective.

October 9: My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, Body Count, Badflower, Thursday, L7, Atreyu, Bones UK, South Of Eden, The Black Moods, Another Day Dawns, and American Teeth.

October 10: Metallica, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Mastodon, Pennywise, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides, Steel Panther, Yelawolf, Mammoth WVH, Grandson, From Ashes To New, Alien Weaponry, Law, The Blue Stones, The Contortionist, Higher Power, Creeper, and The Cold Stares.

Exodus Reveal New Album Title

Exodus have confirmed that their new album will be titled “Persona Non Grata.” The band produced the effort themselves along with engineer Steve Laguidi. Andy Sneap (Judas Priest) is currently mixing the record and a summer 2021 release is being planned.

Beloved Ghouls (Sepultura, Ex-Slayer, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Terrorized”

Beloved Ghouls, the project featuring Derrick Green (Sepultura), Dave Lombardo (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-Slayer, etc.), and Gary Holt (Exodus, ex-Slayer), have premiered a new song titled “Terrorized.” The track, which was produced by Ross Robinson, features Touché Amore‘s Jeremy Bolm and proceeds from it will go towards Save Our Stages to benefit independent venues that are suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holt said the following:

“So everyone, check this out! Eight full years ago, myself, Dave Lombardo and Derrick Green got together with Ross Robinson and made some music. It sat in the can this entire time, and was never used for its original purpose, but here it is!!

Beloved Ghouls are proud to release this song, ‘Terrorized‘ crushing spooky and the only time the four of us have released ANYTHING together!! And ALL proceeds go to save our stages! Check this shit out!! It’s bad ass, and for a great cause!!!!”

Robinson also commented:

“Beloved Ghouls are all lifers who live to give back to the music that gave us all so much. Hopefully this track resonates for you like it did for each of us while making it. Just laughing and being fully stoked while swimming in our thrash metal roots… we are all excited to donate to Save Our Stages, it’s such an important cause. We must work to keep our music venues alive.”

Green added:

“It brought me an over whelming amount of joy to collaborate with friends and colleagues who I have great admiration for to create such a kick ass song. Truly a remarkable experience that I’m thankful to be a part of.”

[via Loudwire]

Limp Bizkit, Rancid, The Offspring, Etc. Added To 2021 Aftershock Festival

A bunch of bands have been added to the 2021 Aftershock Festival. The event will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 7-10 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 7: Limp Bizkit, Parkway Drive, Testament, Hatebreed, Exodus, Knocked Loose, and Fit For A King.

October 8: Metallica, Rancid, Volbeat, Seether, +LIVE+, Skillet, Suicidal Tendencies, Avatar, Pop Evil, Butcher Babies, Des Rocs, Ayron Jones, Crobot, Cleopatrick, Ego Kill Talent, Crown Lands, UnityTX, and Contracult Collective.

October 9: My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, Body Count, Badflower, Thursday, L7, Atreyu, Bones UK, South Of Eden, The Black Moods, Another Day Dawns, and American Teeth.

October 10: Metallica, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Mastodon, Pennywise, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides, Steel Panther, Yelawolf, Grandson, From Ashes To New, Alien Weaponry, Law, The Blue Stones, The Contortionist, Higher Power, Creeper, and The Cold Stares.

Former Exodus Guitarist Rick Hunolt To Guest On The Band’s New Album

Former Exodus guitarist Rick Hunolt has contributed a guest solo to the band’s new album. Guitarist Gary Holt said the following about that:

“Rick Hunolt laying down a SICK guest solo on this record! And by the way, MY TRACKS ARE DONE!!!!!”

Steve “Zetro” Souza Says Exodus’ New Album Will Be “An Absolute Thrash Metal Masterpiece”

Exodus frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza recently discussed the band’s upcoming album during an episode of his “Zetro’s Toxic Vault” series. According to him, the effort will be “an absolute thrash metal masterpiece.”

The singer said the following:

“This album has everything that a heavy metal fan and EXODUS fan wants. It’s very brutal, it’s very violent, it’s very fast. The lyrics are very aggressive and really deep subject matter. It doesn’t disappoint.

As for [guitarist] Gary Holt, him being the major songwriter and the main songwriter, I feel that he’s written an absolute masterpiece — an absolute thrash metal masterpiece. It’s got all of the elements that an EXODUS record should have. It’s not even done yet, and I’m really already proud of it.”

Souza went on to say that the record is “quite fucking brutal.” He continued:

“If I was to let you know where I’m at right now vocally, I am two-thirds done through the album. Actually, I’ve been kicking ass lately, and the songs are heavy.

A lot of different Zetro going on on this album, I think. There’s a lot of hills and valleys. I explored a lot of different angles, and I think that everybody’s gonna really like it.

I’ve gotta say, me as being a heavy metal fan, this is a great heavy metal record, man. To me, it is. And it’s not even done. Leads aren’t even really on the thing yet, so there’s still a lot of work to get done. And [mixer] Andy Sneap has not even gotten it in his hands yet fully. Actually, the only things at this time that are fully done are the drums. So, other than that, we’re all still kind of piecing it together. I think Gary just finished his last rhythm — I believe his rhythms are now finished. So it’s on to finishing the vocals, playing lead guitar and [bassist] Jack [Gibson] finishing what he has left to do.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Eddie Van Halen

As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:

David Lee Roth (Van Halen):

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..

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Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.

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Metallica:

AC/DC:

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:

Pantera:

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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Brian May (Queen):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Nickelback:

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):

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I am CRUSHED. Loss of words. RIP. One of my hero’s. FUCK 2020

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):