Exodus, Ex-Slayer, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Dead Kennedys’ “Police Truck”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.), and Matt Hoffman (Rancid) have shared a quarantine cover of Dead Kennedys’ “Police Truck.” You can check that out below:

Demmel commented:

“Back in the early 80′ Zet’s brother John and I convinced him to sing for our band, ON PAROLE. He helped introduce me to the Bay Area music scene and between the 2 of them, tried their best to corrupt my adolescent ways. Zet would sing the lyrics to this song and do his best Jello Biafra impersonation, it’s been embedded in my head so much that I needed to bring it to life and jam this out.

I reached out to Dave Lombardo because I knew he LOVED the DKs and would help me add some power since I tracked 2 over-driven guitar tracks. I then reached out to my bud Lars from RANCID and he suggested the RANCID bass player, Matt who has played the song many times before and would nail it. He did.

I picked this one before all the recent activity so this song isn’t any kind of statement or declaration. It’s 4 dudes jamming music.

Be good to each other all y’all!!!!!”

Exodus To Enter The Studio In September

Exodus will be hitting the studio in September to begin the recording process for their new album. Gary Holt confirmed the news during a Q&A session on the Marshall Amplification Instagram account:

“I’ll be in the studio in September. [We’re] writing right now. We’ve got about six songs done and about a million riffs. And it’s crushing. We all say that, right? I’m not kidding. It’s something else. People are gonna hear this record and they’re gonna go, ‘Holy shit! EXODUS is up to no good.'”

[via Blabbermouth]

Gary Holt Writing “Crushing” Riffs For New Exodus Album

Gary Holt has been working on riffs for the new Exodus album as of late. The guitarist said the following:

“New @exodusbandofficial riffs are flying out today, and if I don’t mind saying so, are CRUSHING!!! Super stoked!!! Can’t wait to gather and start assembly of these beast!”

Watch Exodus, Overkill, Etc. Members Cover Megadeth’s “Wake Up Dead”

Jason Bittner (Overkill, Shadows Fall), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Jack Gibson (Exodus), and Felipe Roa (Angor, ex-Shadows Fall) recently joined forces for a quarantine cover of Megadeth’s “Wake Up Dead.” You can check that out below:

Watch First Episode Of 2020 Edition Of Late Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza’s “Menza Mega Video Vault”

The first episode of the 2020 edition of late Megadeth drummer Nick Menza’s “Menza Mega Video Vault” has been shared online. The clip is hosted by Exodus frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza and it can be seen below:

Former Exodus Frontman Rob Dukes Says He Is About 90% Recovered After Contracting COVID-19

Former Exodus frontman Rob Dukes has revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, he said he is about 90% recovered.

Dukes said the following on the “Talking Metal” podcast:

“I pretty much ended up in the hospital, but only for 12 hours. And then I got quarantined for two weeks at home and was on steroids and a bunch of different other drugs to try to keep me from getting pneumonia. So that’s what I did. I stayed home for a couple of weeks. I had really bad bronchitis. I was coughing so much that it hurt my chest and my throat was all tore up — I was coughing blood. I couldn’t sleep — achy, feverish for the first week. And then I just kept drinking a ton of fucking water — that’s kind of what I did; I was drinking a ton of water. And it was really hard to eat. But then, as soon as I got better, I fucking went on a fucking tear. I probably put on 10 pounds since then. [Laughs]”

“At one point, I was in the shower, and I had to go lay down. I was, like, ‘All right. I’m done.’ I took a cold shower to try to cool my body off, and then I just went and lay in bed. And then another time, I was laying on a couch… I had my wireless headset thing in the car. And I was, like, ‘Oh, let me go grab that.’ And I just walked to my car, which is probably 50 feet. And by the time I got to my car and got back, I had to go lay down for an hour, ’cause I was just so exhausted. It was brutal, man.”

“What this COVID-19 does is it gets in your lungs, and it basically suffocates people to death. It must be a miserable way to die. ‘Cause not being able to take a full breath and being out of breath just walking 20 feet, or 30 feet, was fucking brutal.”

“I’ve been sick a bunch of times, man. This was the sickest I’ve ever been in my life. It was completely debilitating.”

He also added the following when asked how he thinks he got the virus:

“I went to see OVERKILL on Sunday, March [1st], and by March 5th, I was a fucking mess. I saw OVERKILL; I went to see Bobby [‘Blitz’ Ellsworth, OVERKILL singer] and hung out with Bobby. I hung out, watched the crowd. At that time, there was nothing — it was this vague thing on the news; no one was really talking about it at all — enough to make me even contemplate, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t go to a concert.’ I didn’t even think of it twice. So I went. And Bobby actually had a cold. We just hung out for a while, and I went and saw the show… And then, by Wednesday, I didn’t feel good. And Thursday at work, I was just fucked. And by Thursday afternoon, I was, like, ‘I’ve gotta go home.’ I went home, and on Saturday, I went to see my doctor. And he said, ‘Yeah, you’ve got bronchitis. You’ve got an upper respiratory infection. And you should take this.’ And he gave me a drug to take. And he said, ‘If you’re not better by Tuesday, give me a call back.’ And when I called him back, he said, ‘Go to the hospital.’ So I ended up in the hospital that night. And I was there for 12 hours.’

Dukes went on to say he is still “not a hundred percent” recovered:

“I’m probably ninety percent. I still have headaches every day — I get a headache if I strain myself.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Gary Holt (Exodus) Officially Tests Positive For COVID-19

Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer) has officially tested positive for COVID-19 after previously revealing that he was exhibiting symptoms on March 18. However, he has since recovered. Holt said the following in a deleted Instagram post:

“So I finally received my test results back and positive it was. Lisa’s came back negative, and it’s been long enough since my symptoms that I am officially in the clear to do the only things I’m allowed, like buy my own groceries! I feel great, made it through the tougher moments, and my health feels 100 percent normal. Thanks to everyone who had wished us well. Now it’s time to start working on some new Exodus riffs while I’m still basically stuck in my house!”

[via Blabbermouth]

Gary Holt (Exodus) Still Waiting For COVID-19 Test Results

On March 18, Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer) revealed that he was exhibiting “all the symptoms” of COVID-19. However, he has since offered a follow-up saying that he still hasn’t got his test results back. Holt said the following:

“Well, if I’m gonna be locked away waiting for test results for COVID 19, there’s no one on earth I’d rather be in quarantine with than my better half @lisaholt777 ! Feeling human again, still no test results yet( hopefully tomorrow!) but I’m not feeling sick anymore. Lost 16 pounds. And not the way I would prefer! But I’ve laughed a ton the last couple of days while binge watching stupid shit with my wife! Her and I are what we call ‘tuned in’, we get the same jokes and laugh at the same shit! Now if I could just get these fucking test results and figure out when I will get to see the kids and grandkids!!”

Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus) On Will Carroll (Death Angel): “I Heard He’s Doing A Lot Better, But The News Is Very Vague”

Upon returning from “The Bay Strikes Back” tour in Europe, Testament’s Chuck Billy tested positive for COVID-19, Exodus’ Gary Holt started exhibiting symptoms of the disease, and Death Angel’s Will Carroll ended up in the hospital. Now, Exodus’ Steve “Zetro” Souza has offered an update on all of his peers in the below video:

Souza said the following:

“You’ve gotta understand that [we were] meeting fans and [we were] meeting different people and [we were] all using the same facilities and the same catering and [we were] all around each other constantly, so it makes good sense why so many people from the tour caught it”

He went on to say that he personally feels “great”:

“If I have [the disease], I don’t have any symptoms of it. I don’t feel bad at all. I am sleeping really well. I feel strong as an ox. I wish the gyms weren’t closed; I’d be there every day, unfortunately.

“The only one from our camp who seems to be sick is Gary, who showed signs of it. But his test won’t come back for quite some time now — seven to 10 days, I believe. Why that is, I don’t know. But him and his wife were tested. Now, I spoke to him this morning, and he feels better, although he still has a little bit of the symptoms sometimes, but he says he feels much better on that.

“Obviously, everybody knows, yesterday, Chuck Billy and his wife Tiffany had went on the Internet and told everybody that they have contracted it as well, which means now more people, it looks like. And I believe there’s two of their techs in their camp, that worked for them, have contracted it as well.

“I don’t even know if Will [has tested] positive. Will Carroll is very sick. He’s in the ICU right now. I heard he’s doing a lot better, but the news is very vague.

“We’re doing all right in the EXODUS camp. Really, Gary’s the only one that’s sick as far as the techs. And the rest of the band, everybody’s doing good. A couple of guys in DEATH ANGEL are not feeling too well but getting better. Chuck and his wife and a couple of their techs not feeling too well, but they’re getting better. So just keep your fingers crossed.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Paul Bostaph (Slayer) Working On New Project

Paul Bostaph (Slayer) has revealed that he is working on a new project with a “friend” who is “very familiar.” He didn’t provide too many details, but a comment from Jason Bittner (Overkill, etc.) seemed to suggest that Bostaph and two other members of Slayer’s final lineup, Kerry King and Gary Holt (Exodus), are working on something with Phil Anselmo (Pantera, etc.). However, this is just an unconfirmed rumor and Holt previously said that he was planning to focus on Exodus after Slayer’s final tour, so his inclusion seems a bit unlikely.

[via Blabbermouth]