Exodus Blood In Blood Out on 2LP
The original architects of the thrash metal scene, Exodus has battled every kind of adversity over the past 30 years and used it all as fuel to stoke their ever-raging fire. Short-lived trends, line-up shifts, label conflicts, even the death of founding vocalist Paul Baloff couldn’t stop the beast. And through it all, guitarist and songwriter Gary Holt has persevered with misanthropic indignation, rolling with the punches, reassembling the broken pieces and working with the eccentric personalities surrounding him to create some of the most trenchant, fast-paced, and unrelenting music that influenced everyone from Pantera to Lamb of God and continues to crush skulls at a time decades after most ‘80s thrash bands have retired.
With Blood In Blood Out, Exodus’ tenth full-length studio album of new material, Holt, Hunting, Gibson, Altus, and Souza prove they still have the fortitude, chops, and talent to deliver top-notch, ballad-free tunes that stand out without straying from their band’s core aesthetic. The eleven pulse-pounding tunes on Blood In Blood Out are among Exodus’ best, signaling a rebirth as much as an evolution. Although Holt has spent the last few years playing second guitar for Slayer on tour, he has never forgotten where he came from and his priority and dedication to Exodus. The evidence is written all over the album, which is rife with speed, fury and memorable riffs.
With the return of Souza behind the microphone in place of Rob Dukes, a renewed focus on writing tight, infectious songs and a commitment to remaining insanely heavy Exodus are primed to help make the thrash nation as strong as it was in the mid-‘80s. Whether charging like an endorphin-fueled army or chugging at half-speed (a technique Exodus perfected 20 years before the birth of the metalcore “breakdown”), Blood In Blood Out is a true showcase of steely determination, unparalleled skill, and unrefined rage.
Exodus Blood In Blood Out Track Listing:
1. Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator)
2. Blood In, Blood Out
3. Collateral Damage
4. Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett)
5. Body Harvest
6. BTK (featuring Chuck Billy)
1. Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
2. My Last Nerve
4. Honor Killings
5. Food For The Worms