San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal pioneers EXODUS have completed work on a re-recording of their classic 1985 debut album, "Bonded by Blood".
For the troops in the trenches, it began in 1982 with a low-generation copy of a local band's three-song demo. For some, it began with their first listen to Combat Records' version of "Bonded by Blood" in 1986. Regardless of the year EXODUS are the undeniable forefathers of thrash metal.
EXODUS gained huge notoriety in the international underground scene as a result of the tape trading community. Their dynamic guitar riffing, adrenaline-inducing drum work, and bloodied live shows made all the difference in the band's mission to take Bay Area thrash to a worldwide audience. The immortal, must-have, thrash classic "Bonded by Blood" was released in 1985 via Torrid Records (then re-released in 1986 on Combat Records), and inspired the likes of TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, VIO-LENCE and many others. To this day "Bonded by Blood" is inspiring a whole new breed of thrash metal.
Gary Holt, songwriter and lead guitarist of EXODUS, has released the following statement about the band's decision to revisit this classic album that began an era in music history:
"After many years in the planning and discussion stage, we have finally completed the re-recording of 'Bonded by Blood'. We have decided to call it 'Let there be Blood' and it is our way of paying homage to [original, late singer] Paul Baloff by showing how relevant these songs we had written together still are. We aren't trying to replace the original; that's impossible anyway. We are just giving these songs the benefit of modern production. It's something we talked about before Paul's death and it's always been important to us to do. We were super excited about entering the studio once again to record these classics, and now it's back to writing the next studio record!"
Produced by Gary Holt, "Let there be Blood" was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California; JKZ Production Studio in San Rafael, California; with vocal tracks recorded at J. Rod Production Studios in New City, New York. Andy Sneap is currently mixing the CD at his Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England. An October 2008 release through Zaentz Records is expected.
EXODUS live in 1997 (with Paul Baloff):