Exodus (6)

Members of Exodus (6): Carlton Melson, Gary Holt, Jack Gibson, John Tempesta, Kirk Hammett, Lee Altus, Mike Butler (2), Paul Baloff, Paul Bostaph, Perry Strickland, Rick Hunolt, Rob Dukes, Rob McKillop, Steve Souza, Tom Hunting
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Discography of Exodus (6):

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Fabulous Disaster 10 Audio 1988
2 Another Lesson In Violence 12 Audio 1997-07-08 Century Media
3 Pleasures Of The Flesh 10 Audio 1987 Combat
4 Bonded By Blood 9 Audio 1986 Combat
5 Tempo Of The Damned 10 Audio 2004-02-02
6 Shovel Headed Kill Machine 11 Audio 2005
7 Bonded By Blood 9 Audio 1985 Bernett Records
8 Pleasures Of The Flesh 10 Audio 1987 Music For Nations
9 Bonded By Blood 11 Audio 1999 Century Media
10 Pleasures Of The Flesh 10 Audio 1998 Century Media
11 Fabulous Disaster 10 Audio 1999 Century Media
12 Good Friendly Violent Fun 8 Audio 1999 Century Media
13 Tempo Of The Damned 12 Audio 2004 Nexus (3)
14 Impact Is Imminent 9 Audio 2008-03-11 Caroline Records
15 Force Of Habit 15 Audio 2008-03-11
16 Shovel Headed Kill Machine 10 Audio 2005 Nuclear Blast
17 Bonded By Blood 11 Audio 1985 Banzai Records
18 The Atrocity Exhibition - Exhibit A 12 Audio 2007 Irond
19 Shovel Headed Kill Machine 11 Audio 2005 Scarecrow Records (2)
20 Let There Be Blood 11 Audio 2008-10-28 Zaentz Records
21 Bonded By Blood 9 Audio 1985-04-00
22 Lessons In Violence 10 Audio 1992 Relativity
23 Fabulous Disaster 9 Audio 1988 N.E.W Musidisc
24 The Atrocity Exhibition - Exhibit A 10 Audio 2007
25 Bonded By Blood 9 Audio 1985 Music For Nations
26 Force Of Habit 13 Audio 1992 Capitol Records
27 Impact Is Imminent 9 Audio 1990 Capitol Records
28 Good Friendly Violent Fun 8 Audio 1991 Roadrunner Records
29 Impact Is Imminent 9 Audio 1990 Capitol Records
30 Bonded By Blood 11 Audio 2009 Back On Black
31 Pleasures Of The Flesh 10 Audio 1987 Music For Nations
32 Fabulous Disaster 9 Audio 1989 Combat
33 Pleasures Of The Flesh 10 Audio 1987 Combat
34 Impact Is Imminent 9 Audio 1990 Capitol Records
35 Tempo Of The Damned 12 Audio 2004-02-02
36 Let There Be Blood 10 Audio 2008-10-28 Zaentz Records
37 The Atrocity Exhibition - Exhibit A 12 Audio 2007 Nexus (3)
38 Shovel Headed Kill Machine 11 Audio 2005 Nexus (3)
39 Pleasures Of The Flesh 14 Audio 2008 Century Media
40 Shovel Headed Tour Machine 25 Audio 2010 Nuclear Blast
41 Shovel Headed Tour Machine 12 Audio 2010 Nuclear Blast
42 Shovel Headed Tour Machine 12 Audio 2010-01-15 Nuclear Blast
43 Bonded By Blood 12 Audio 1989 Combat
44 Impact Is Imminent 9 Audio 1990 Capitol Records
45 Impact Is Imminent 9 Audio 1990
46 Good Friendly Violent Fun 8 Audio 1991 Relativity
47 Impact Is Imminent 9 Audio 2006
48 The Atrocity Exhibition - Exhibit A 9 Audio 2007 Nuclear Blast
49 Fabulous Disaster 10 Audio 2008 Back On Black
50 Fabulous Disaster 9 Audio 1989


Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1980 in San Francisco, California by guitarist Kirk Hammett & drummer Tom Hunting (who also initially handled vocals as well). The group was rounded out by guitarist Tim Angello and bassist Carlton Melson. The line up shifted several times in the early years.

1982 - 1985

In 1982, Exodus included Kirk Hammett and Gary Holt on guitars, Paul Baloff on lead vocals, Geoff Andrews on bass and drummer Tom Hunting. This lineup recorded the band's 1982 Demo.

In 1983, founding member Kirk Hammett left Exodus to join Metallica and was replaced by guitarist Rick Hunolt and Rob McKillop replaced Andrews on bass. This line-up recorded and released their debut album, "Bonded by Blood" in 1984 (released in 1985).

1986 - 1991

Shortly before the recording of "Pleasures of the Flesh" in 1987, Paul Baloff was replaced by Steve "Zetro" Souza, who had previously been the lead vocalist for the San Francisco band Legacy (later known as Testament). Baloff later went on to form the band Piranah.

In 1989, the band released "Fabulous Disaster" which garnered good press and, eventually, a major label deal. That same year, Tom Hunting departed, leaving the group with no founding members. In 1991 the band released their first live effort, "Good Friendly Violent Fun", which featured new bassist Mike Butler.

1991 - 1998

After the release of "Good Friendly Violent Fun", the band toured sporadically for a year and released another studio album, "Force of Habit". This album was a departure for the band, containing several slower, "heavier" songs with less emphasis on the speed/thrash basis of their older material. Unable to match the commercial success of some of their peers and dealing with internal stresses and problems, Exodus split in 1993.

After a few dormant years, Exodus released only another live album in 1997 titled "Another Lesson in Violence" and featuring the return of vocalist Paul Baloff and new bassist Jack Gibson. Exodus disintegrated again, partly due to a falling out with record label Century Media over the way the live album was promoted, and over an aborted attempt at a live concert video which was filmed but never released due to a financial dispute.

2001 - 2004

In 2001, Exodus reformed again, initially to play the Chuck Billy benefit, the Thrash of the Titans mega concert. There was talk of recording a new studio album and the band continued to play local gigs in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. In February 2002, Paul Baloff suffered a seizure/stroke and died. Former vocalist Steve Souza was recruited back into the band to finish the rest of their concert commitments.

Although it appeared to outsiders that with Baloff's death Exodus would cease to exist, guitarist Gary Holt was determined to release a new studio record. The result was 2004's "Tempo of the Damned" released on Nuclear Blast Records.

2005 - Present

In 2005, Hunolt decided to leave the band to concentrate on his family life. He was replaced by Heathen guitarist Lee Altus. Tom Hunting also left, citing strong personal objections over some of Holt's anti-Christian lyrics as well as anxiety issues. Hunting was replaced with Paul Bostaph who had previously played with Forbidden, Slayer and Testament. Souza also left under disputed terms in 2005.

He was replaced intitially by Steev Esquivel (ex-Defiance and Skinlab) and then later by Rob Dukes whose first recorded performance for the band is 2005's "Shovel Headed Kill Machine".

Tom Hunting returned to the band in March 2007. In 2012, Rick Hunolt returned in a guest role, filling in for Gary Holt on several live dates while Holt toured with [a=Slayer]. In 2014, Steve Souza returned to the group.

Current line-up

Steve "Zetro" Souza (1986-92, 2002-04, 2014-)

Gary Holt - Guitar (1982-)

Lee Altus - Guitar (2005-)

Jack Gibson - Bass (1997-)

Tom Hunting - Drums (1980-1989, 1997-2005, 2007-)

Former/past member(s)

Vocals:

Keith Stewart (1980-1981)

Paul Baloff (April 5th 1960 - R.I.P February 2nd 2002, stroke) (1981-86, 93, 97-2002)

Matt Harvey (2004 live appearances)

Steev Esquivel (2004 live appearances)

Rob Dukes - Vocals (2005-2014)

Guitars:

Tim Agnello (1980-1981)

Kirk Hammett (1980-1983)

Rick Hunolt (1983-1993, 1997-2005, live appearances in 2012)

Mike Maung (1983)

Evan McKaskey (R.I.P.) (1983)

Bass:

Carlton Melson (1980)

Jeff Andrews (1980-1983)

Rob McKillop (1983-1991)

Mike Butler (1992-1993)

Drums:

Perry Strickland (1989, live appearances)

John Tempesta (1990-1992)

Chris Kontos (1993, live appearances)

Gannon Hall (1993, live appearances)

Paul Bostaph (2005-2007)

Nick Barker (European tour 2009)

Interestingly, Les Claypool of Blind Illusion and Primus, who was a schoolmate and friend of Kirk Hammett's, was asked to join the band as a bass player in 1980, but declined, citing a taste for free-form jazz at the time.


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