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Music: Exodus (band)
Minus Paul Baloff

Exodus are an American Thrash Metal band forming in 1980. Considered one of the main pioneering bands outside the Big 4, Exodus have managed a 30 year run save for some hiatuses.

After some initial lineup changes, with the original lineup featuring Tom Hunting and Kirk Hammett, the lineup was finally settled with Gary Holt joining as the main songwriter when Hammett left to join Metallica. However, before he left, he recuited Paul Baloff in 1981, with the friendship starting due to their shared love for punk rock and heavy metal music at a house party.

They finally got to working on the debut entitled Bonded By Blood, released in 1984. Shortly and sadly, Baloff was fired and was replaced by Steve Souza. The lineup mainly remained stagnant until Force of Habit. Afterwards, they temporarily splited up due to issues.

When they temporarily reunited, Holt managed to get Baloff back in for a live album, entitled Another Lesson in Violence, but were forced to split again when they encountered issues with Century Media, the label that they were signed on to when the live album was finished and released.

They got to opportunity to reunite in 2001, and Holt again got Baloff to continue with the band, unfortunetly, Baloff died of a stroke in 2002, and Souza came back finish where Baloff left off. Tempo of the Damned, intended to be Baloff's studio return, is now dedicated in his memory, with Souza doing the vocals.

In 2005, Souza left and was replaced by Rob Dukes, who has since then remained their vocalist for the three latest albums as well as a rerecording of Bonded by Blood.

Holt is currently a tour member for Slayer, both when Jeff Hanneman was suffering from a severe bug bite, and again when Hanneman himself passed away from alcohol abuse. On February 4, 2012 a Paul Baloff Memorial Reunion Concert was held at the Oakland Metro Opera House. Former and current members included Kirk Hammett, Rick Hunolt, Gary Holt, Geoff Andrews, Lee Altus, Rob Dukes, Tom Hunting and Jack Gibson. It was the first they have all played together since 1983.

Exodus is currently working on a new album, which is due out in mid-2014. They will enter the studio in February to begin recording. As of June 2014, Dukes and the band have parted ways and Souza has been welcomed back in.

Members:

  • Tom Hunting – drums (1980–1989, 1997–1998, 2001–2005, 2007–present)
  • Gary Holt – guitar (1980–1993, 1997–1998, 2001–present)
  • Jack Gibson – bass (1997–1998, 2001–present)
  • Lee Altus – guitar (2005–present)
  • Steve "Zetro" Souza - vocals (1986-1993, 2002-2004, 2014-present)

Notable Past Members:

  • Paul Baloff(RIP 2002) – vocals (1982–1986, 1997–1998, 2001–2002)
  • Kirk Hammett – guitar (1980–1983)
  • Paul Bostaph – drums (2005–2007)
  • Rob Dukes - vocals (2005-2014)

Discography:

  • Bonded by Blood (1985)
  • Pleasures of the Flesh (1987)
  • Fabulous Disaster (1989)
  • Impact Is Imminent (1990)
  • Force of Habit (1992)
  • Tempo of the Damned (2004)
  • Shovel Headed Kill Machine (2005)
  • The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A (2007)
  • Exhibit B: The Human Condition (2010)


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