Metal and comics once again came together as one at the 50th anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC) with a special live performance from Bay Area thrash metal legends EXODUS. The intimate event, dubbed "Bonded By Con", took place last night (Thursday, July 18) at the House of Blues. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, EXODUS recently unleashed a new single titled "No Love (Live At Day In The Dirt 1984)". The effort — featuring a rare demo version of "Death Row" on the B-side, which is only available on this release — can now be purchased on limited seven-inch vinyl at this location.
In a recent interview with Metal Casino, EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt said that he has been writing material for the band's follow-up to 2014's "Blood In Blood Out" album "for a long time. And we're just taking our time," he said. "We're in no hurry. It's been four years, and if it takes two more, we're gonna spend the time and do it right.
"The new material is just savage," he continued. "It should be illegal, it's so heavy. It's fucking criminal. Brutal — fast as fuck."
Holt joined EXODUS in 1981 shortly after the band's formation, and has been its main songwriter ever since. Holt has performed on every EXODUS album, and is considered highly influential in the world of thrash metal. In 2011, he began filling in for SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman at live shows, and became the band's full-time co-guitarist as of 2013, while remaining a member of EXODUS. In October 2014, EXODUS released its tenth studio album, "Blood In Blood Out", on the Nuclear Blast label.
"Blood In Blood Out" marked EXODUS's first album since the departure of the group's lead singer of nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.