Not many albums can serve as revelation and entertainment, teacher and confidante, mystical portal and emotional rescue, yet Lunar Nocturnes and Esoteric Incantations manages all this and more. Massachusetts dwelling synthesizer magic-user Jenn Taiga charts course for one of the most highly memorable musical destinations of 2021, and by that I mean the album is a world unto itself. Light and dark, welcoming and inhospitable...sometimes in the same song. A deep meditation and major statement. Fave track: "Braziers are Burning" Tridroid has the cassette version HERE.
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DROT returned strong to Poughkeepsie, NY and The Chance Theater when Testament, Exodus and young pups Shattered Sun hit town. Don’t fret, the old wolves still had it and the up and comers certainly growled and howled as well. The night arguably belonged to Exodus (with two Heathen members filling in, I believe), Steve Souza yelling at the crowd that he hadn’t played The Chance in years. Souza has been miraculous since his return to the band and as much as I love the Rob Dukes era stuff, Steve “Zetro” has been continuing to kick serious ass live and prove Blood In, Blood Out was no fluke. The whole crowd pumped their fists and chanted like crazed hyenas forced to obey the Gods.
That said, Shattered Sun opened the night and you never would’ve known they were a new band if they weren’t so baby faced. The boys from Alice, TX who are recent Victory Records roster additions completely kick started the night and from the get go had support from a crowd who had mostly never heard them. “Hope Within Hatred” filled the room with melodic thrashing goodness and hair and necks started banging accordingly. It will be great when these guys have more songs the crowd loves and let’s hope they don’t have any setbacks like recent hopefuls Lazarus A.D. who were doing so well as a new thrash band only to really slow down (plus, RIP to Lazarus’ drummer).
Testament were the proven metal icons of underground integrity that you’d expect. Like Anthrax these days the Testament guys are really on point with their vision, line up, new music and everything the fans crave. I cant wait for their next release! Chuck still has the most untouchable below in metal, though Mad Joe Black from Wisdom In Chains has a considerably huge bellow as well if you like hardcore music. But yeah, Testament!!!
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The most compelling work of the year was in doom metal, for the most part. From Electric Wizard to Yob to Castle and Witch Mountain the playing field was mostly ruled by thunderous, brontosaurus footprint sized-Sabbathian black worship, with the exception of Ex-Trouble singer Eric Wagner’s White Metal doomers The Skull (who nonetheless bettered most of the competition anyway). That said, thrash held down the legacy (Testament pun intended) of the genre well. It was a banner year for thrash, one of the best in memory. From Shrapnel’s charged The Virus Conspiracies to Iron Reagan and Hammercult to Exodus’ frenetic and feral reunion with Steve Souza (and Kirk Hammett, for that matter) there was much to get whiplash over.
The most anticipated thrash tour of the year was Slayer‘s return Stateside with Exodus and Suicidal in tow. The Albany, NY date at the Washington Avenue Armory was no let down, a high energy mug fest that made you remember all the reasons why you fell in love with these bands in the first place. It was a communal strafing air blood raid but instead of a Copter or drone strike it was riff after riff falling like hail.
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According to 14News.com a Greenville, Kentucky, James Evans, man was arrested after posting lyrics from the Exodus song “Class Dismissed.” 31 year-old James Evans posted the lyrics “Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate. Class dismissed is my hypothesis, gun fire ends in debate.” on Sunday, August 24, 2014.
The Muhlenberg County school resource officer, Mike Drake, stated that several agencies received calls about the lyrics and Evans was arrested.
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Brazilian thrashers, Seputura, and California thrashers, Exodus, have announce that they will be doing a co-headlining European tour appropriately named “Thrashfest.” The tour will last from November 25th through December 18th. They will also be supported by Destruction, Heathen, and Mortal Sin. All bands will be playing their hits from a select group of two or three of their best selling albums.
To see the full tour schedule click here.
Sepultura’s latest album, “Kairos” was released in July 2011 through Nuclear Blast.Add to My Radar
Florida death metallers, Cannibal Corpse and California thrashers, Exodus, have been confirmed to play and headline the Extreme Fest in Europe. The festival is three days long in three different countries. Other bands that will be there include Arkona, Eisregen, Whitechapel, Origin, Hellish Crossfire, Eis, Inquisition, Rompeprop, and many more.
To see the festival dates click here.Add to My Radar
Bay Area legends Exodus will be touring with Slayer and Rob Zombie on the “Hell on Earth” tour. For the first time since Ozzfest 1999, Slayer and Rob Zombie are teaming up to bring a glorious co-headlining purgatory to fans in twelve North American cities with Exodus to open all shows.
The trek kicks off Wednesday, July 20 at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania and travels through five Canadian provinces.
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Generation Kill (Exodus frontman Rob Dukes side project) post new song “Red White and Blue,” announce album release date
Rob Dukes (vocals) and Rob Moschetti (bass, backing vocals) had this to say about the album: “This release is the most diverse project that either of the two of us been a part of. This is an honest, no-holds-barred album containing various styles of music. In a way, it is a bit of a selfish record. We wrote the kind of material that we like. You can’t please everybody, so you might as well please yourself. Honestly, that’s what true art is. Freedom of expression.”
“Red White and Blood” is set to drop September 16th in Europe and September 27th in North America.Add to My Radar
Exodus will be opening for Judas Priest on August 10th at the Metal Hammer Festival being held in Katowice, Poland.Add to My Radar
Cannibal Corpse guitarist Pat O’Brien will fill in for Exodus’ Gary Holt when Holt leaves the Slayer European tour to play with his own band Exodus at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile on April 4. Holt has been filling in for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman since the tour kicked off February 26 in Australia.
Holt’s last show with Slayer will be April 4 in Padova, Italy; O’Brien will join the band for the April 6 show in Croatia, and will finish the European dates with Slayer that wrap up on April 14 in Holland.
Hanneman has amazed his doctors with his speedy recovery from an infection thought to have been caused by a spider bite. Following surgery on his right arm, he continues his physical therapy and has already been practicing with his guitar.
Remaining dates for Slayer’s European tour can be found Below:Add to My Radar
Teaming up with British heavy metal legends, Judas Priest, who are gearing up for their final world tour, Bay Area thrash metalers, Exodus, will be opening for the Metal Gods on August 10th at the Metal Hammer Festival being held in Katowice, Poland.
Exodus guitarist, Gary Holt has recently been filling in for Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman, who had to tend to a flesh-eating disease most likely caused by a spider bite.
Exodus will also be performing at the Ieperfest in Belgium and Rock im Betonwerk in Germany. And you thought old people were boring.Add to My Radar
Bay Area legends Exodus have been forced to cancel this year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Germany due to scheduling conflicts. The band sent a message directly through Wacken’s web site explaining:
“We are sorry to announce that due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, Exodus will not be able to perform at this year´s Wacken Open Air festival. We look forward to returning for one of the next Wacken Festivals, where we hope to make it up to all our amazing Exodus fans.”- Gary Holt
For the current confirmed Wacken lineup click here.Add to My Radar
Hatriot’s Facebook page lists the following line up and states that more information on the project will be forthcoming.Add to My Radar
Gary Holt of Exodus will be temporarily filling in for guitarist Jeff Hanneman during Slayer‘s upcoming tour dates. He will immediately join Slayer members Kerry King, Tom Araya and Dave Lombardo on their five-date Australian Soundwave Festival that begins February 26.
Gary Holt offers the following comments about his upcoming stint as touring guitarist for one of metal’s most venerated bands:
“How can I put into words how excited I am to have been asked to play with Slayer? Hard to describe for sure. Legendary band, check. Old friends since the birth of thrash metal. Check. Get to play “Angel Of Death” live, priceless! I’ll do my best to live up to the standard they’ve set for so many years, while we all wish Jeff a speedy return to health and his rightful place in Slayer.”
Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman is currently recuperating at home after emergency surgery on his right arm after contracting a serious infection, possibly caused by a spider bite. He is expected to make a full recovery and will return to the Slayer line-up as soon as he has fully recovered.Add to My Radar