Washed Up Media conducted an interview with drummer Tom Hunting of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS at this year's New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, which was held April 17-19 at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about how things are going with EXODUS at the moment, Tom said: "This band's had the roller coaster of members and lineup changes. I myself have been out of the band three times, so… We're in a good place right now. I mean, Zetro [Steve Souza, vocals] coming back, everything is fresh and he's kind of still in the honeymoon stage again. And he's singing better than he ever has. I mean, I don't know what he did to take care of his voice for the time he took away from the band, but… He did various projects: HATRIOT, and his other band AC/DZ, 'cause he's got that perfect Bon Scott [delivery]. They do AC/DC Bon Scott-era stuff. He was hungry for this. He wanted it really bad, and we needed somebody that wanted it really bad."
EXODUS and TESTAMENT recently joined forces for the "Dark Roots Of Thrash II" tour. The trek conquered North America for five weeks, beginning April 1 in San Francisco, and included select TESTAMENT and EXODUS festival performances. Support on the tour came from Texas melodic metal assailants SHATTERED SUN.
EXODUS's latest album, "Blood In Blood Out", sold around 8,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on October 14, 2014 via Nuclear Blast, the CD art was illustrated by Swedish artist Pär Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUS' "Let There Be Blood".
"Blood In Blood Out" is EXODUS' first album since the departure of the band's lead singer of the past nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.