EXODUS Prepares To Hit The Road

Starting 2008 off on the right foot by launching their first North American tour in support of their latest album, "The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A", San Francisco Bay Area metallers EXODUS will soon be bringing their trademarked brand of fist-in-the-face music to a back alley near you. In tow will be GOATWHORE from New Orleans, Virginian labelmates ARSIS, and L.A.'s WARBRINGER.

"We tour more and longer and with fewer days off now than we ever did in our 20s," states EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt in a recent interview with KNAC.com. "I think it has to do more with not lagging and keeping things moving forward. When we were younger, we had the luxury of days off, but days off were expensive. The more shows you do, the less money you burn on the bus being parked outside a Wal-Mart and having the crew do nothing — except maybe drinking a lot. Now when we're on the road, we just do our thing and when it's done, we may do a couple of shots, watch a movie, and play Uno for money. It's the most fun when someone's drawing cards trying to find their color and having shit for luck. Then we start talking shit, like ‘Taste the rainbow, motherfucker…' [laughter]"

When asked by Synthesis.net about "The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A"'s anti-Middle East stance, Holt replied: "I never set out to make a political album. On 'As It Was, As It Soon Shall Be', one thing led to another and it ended up as me taking another potshot at the Bush Administration. It was written from my point of view. This whole mess in Iraq… we went there for the wrong reasons. It wasn't my battle, it wasn't my idea to play 'world police,' and now we're never going to get out of there. At the same time, I'm not a bleeding heart liberal."

The band's video for "Riot Act" (which includes an Evil Overlord and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Recommended Daily Allowance of pentagrams) — shot by director Jon Schnepp of "Metalocalypse" fame — can be viewed below.

EXODUS tour dates:

Jan. 20 - Bakersfield, CA - Naducci
Jan. 21 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
Jan. 22 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Jan. 23 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
Jan. 24 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
Jan. 25 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
Jan. 26 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
Jan. 27 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
Jan. 29 - Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
Jan. 30 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Jan. 31 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Feb. 01 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub
Feb. 02 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Feb. 04 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Feb. 05 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
Feb. 06 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Feb. 07 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
Feb. 08 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place
Feb. 09 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Feb. 10 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Down Under
Feb. 11 - Huntington, WV @ Huntington Music Hall
Feb. 12 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
Feb. 13 - Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuk's Lounge
Feb. 14 - Cedar Falls, IA @ Reverb
Feb. 15 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Feb. 16 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Feb. 17 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
Feb. 18 - Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
Feb. 19 - Regina, SK @ Exchange
Feb. 20 - Calgary, AB @ Warehouse
Feb. 21 - Spokane, WA @ Bourbon Street
Feb. 22 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Feb. 23 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Feb. 24 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's

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