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 On The Possibility Of A Slayer Reunion In The Future: “To My Knowledge, It’s Done”

Slayer officially wrapped up their career with one final show in Los Angels, CA on November 30, 2019, but many fans are still hoping that the band will return one day. During an interview on Dean Delray’s “Let There Be Talk” podcast, guitarist Gary Holt was asked about a potential reunion and he responded by saying “to [his] knowledge, it’s done.”

Holt said the following:

“To my knowledge, to what I know, it [was the final show]. People say, ‘Oh, maybe they’ll come back in a few years.’ I don’t know. If it does, if it ever happens, it has nothing to do with me. Someone else would call and say, ‘We wanna [do this].’ To my knowledge, it’s done. And I think it should be that way. The band went out fucking on a bang, went out on SLAYER’s terms, and how many people get to say they did that?”

He continued:

“Everybody’s happy doing their own thing. I’m happy as fuck. Not that SLAYER made me unhappy — I was treated like family — but I’m back with my first family [Exodus]. I’m back with not my stepbrothers — I’m back with my real brothers. And that’s where my heart is, and I missed it, and I was missing it more and more all the time.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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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!”

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]

Gary Holt (Exodus) On Will Carroll (Death Angel): “He Is Very Ill”

It was recently revealed that Death Angel drummer Will Carroll is currently being treated at a Northern California hospital after getting “very sick” upon returning from the band’s recent European tour with Testament and Exodus. Now, Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, who previously said that he was exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, has confirmed the sad news:

“I remained quiet on this earlier, not wanting to say anything until I was certain it had become public knowledge, but Will Carroll, @bleedingpriest , is in need of some massive positive vibes. Me, I appreciate all the warm wishes I’ve gotten, but I’m sick, nothing more, Will is in the ICU. WAY worse that anything I’m dealing with, by a long shot. Not even close. He is very ill. There are several of us that have symptoms and are waiting for test results. Will needs some healing vibes from everyone. Here we are recreating the Scorpions pyramid with @bonsloth Get well Will👊🏻❤️👊🏻”

Gary Holt (Exodus) Says He Is Exhibiting “All The Symptoms” Of COVID-19

Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer) has shared an Instagram post in which he revealed that he is exhibiting “all the symptoms” of COVID-19. He said the following:

“So I’ve been locked away with @lisaholt777 , suffering from all the symptoms of Corona, without the beer! Mildly sick, better today after repeatedly waking up soaked in sweat last night. Self monitoring with my better half, and unfortunately, won’t be able to visit my grandkids until I’m symptom free for seven days. Ugh. Movie time, binge watching TV, and waiting this out!”

Gary Holt Hoping To Release New Exodus Album In Late 2020

During a recent interview with Kaaos TV, Gary Holt talked a bit about Exodus’ new album plans. The guitarist said that he is hoping to release the record late this year.

Holt said the following:

“We’ll be in the studio hopefully this summer. We’re staying home this summer, except for one show at the Dynamo festival [in the Netherlands]. We’re not doing a European summer festival tour or nothing, and we’re just gonna work on the new record. And it’s fucking heavy. [Laughs] It’s so heavy. [Laughs]”

He went on to say that he has “a lot of stuff” written for Exodus’ next album:

“I never stop writing. I’ve got enough riffs for five albums right now. I’ll keep writing right up till we start recording.”

He also had the following to say about release plans:

“I hope to have it out this year — like late in the year. We’ll see how the scheduling goes and all that.”

[via Blabbermouth]