Exodus’ drummer TOM HUNTING took some time away from christmas pressie wrapping to have a chat with STM’s Casper about their recent album release “Blood in, Blood Out” and their upcoming Soundwave appearance in Febuary 2015.

The original architects of the thrash metal scene, EXODUS has battled every kind of adversity over the past 30 years and used it all as fuel to stoke their ever-raging fire. Short-lived trends, line-up shifts, label conflicts, even the death of founding vocalist Paul Baloff couldn’t stop the beast. And through it all, guitarist and songwriter Gary Holt has persevered with misanthropic indignation, rolling with the punches, reassembling the broken pieces and working with the eccentric personalities surrounding him to create some of the most trenchant, fast-paced, and unrelenting music that influenced everyone from PANTERA to LAMB OF GOD and continues to crush skulls at a time decades after most ‘80s thrash bands have retired.

With ‘Blood In Blood Out’, EXODUS’ tenth full-length studio album of new material, Holt, Hunting, Gibson, Altus, and Souza prove they still has the fortitude, chops, and talent to deliver top-notch, ballad-free tunes that stand out without straying from their band’s core aesthetic.

With the return of Souza, a renewed focus on writing tight, infectious songs and a commitment to remaining insanely heavy EXODUS are primed to help make the thrash nation as strong as it was in the mid-‘80s.