Deemed one of metal's most important heritage bands for the lasting — and ongoing — contributions they've made to the creation and sustenance of the thrash metal genre, it is only apt that the first EXODUS video in support of their recently released, Billboard Heatseekers-charting album, "The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A", would be visually pummeling. The band's video for "Riot Act", directed by Jon Schnepp of "Metalocalypse" (on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim) for Schneppzone Inc., will debut online this Friday, December 7 on the Headbanger's Blog web site and on air on Saturday, December 8 on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" (check local listings for show times).
Calling in from a helicopter somewhere over Santa Monica, Jon Schnepp had this to say about his experience working with EXODUS:
"I had an AMAZING time working with ALL those guys — Gary, Rob, Jack, Lee, and Tom… they're all GREAT. They did a FANTASTIC job and made it a really fun shoot. They were FULL of energy with EVERY take and you really can't ask for more than that!"
"We went out on a limb and asked Jon if he'd shoot our video," reminisces EXODUS guitarist/songwriter/founding member Gary Holt. "When he said yes, we were stoked to say the least. The ideas he came up with made this our best video ever! I usually hate making videos, but this time I was actually excited about it! It's unique, and of course, it's heavy!"
Holt adds, "We're happy to see how things have been going for the new record. Number 23 on the Heatseekers chart — pretty killer indeed! Now it's time to hit the road and play these songs — that's what I'M talking about!!!"
EXODUS will be launching a North American tour in support of "The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A" on January 20, 2008 in Bakersfield, California with GOATWHORE, ARSIS, and WARBRINGER that will culminate in a hometown show in San Francisco on February 24 at Slim's.
Fan-filmed video footage of EXODUS performing the classic song "Bonded by Blood" on November 7, 2007 at Opera 1 in Curitiba, Brazil can be viewed below.