UPDATE: James Evans, the Kentucky man who was arrested for posting lyrics from Exodus’ song “Class Dismissed” will not be facing criminal charges. The court threw out the terrorist threat charge against Evans. You can read the article below:
For Immediate Release
September 9, 2014
EXODUS Premieres New Track ‘Salt The Wound’
Featuring METALLICA’s Kirk Hammett via Rolling Stone
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Catch Gary Holt on this Week’s Episode of TOP CHEF DUELS on Bravo!
The wait is over! Today, Bay Area thrash metal pioneers EXODUS unleash their blistering new track ‘Salt The Wound’, which features an intense guitar solo from none other than original EXODUS/Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett! ‘Salt The Wound’ is cut from the new EXODUS album Blood In, Blood Out, hitting stores onOctober 14, 2014 in North America via Nuclear Blast. Listen right now, exclusively via RollingStone.com: http://smarturl.it/Exodus-SaltTheWound
Guitarist Gary Holt explains that Hammett was more than ready to play on Blood In, Blood Out. “Having Kirk play on the new EXODUS record kind of came about after I played so many shows with Metallica while touring with Slayer over the past four year. It started the same way most of these things do, as a lot of chatter while having a good time, but Kirk was more stoked to play on the new record than anyone. He never got to play on anything with EXODUS since the first demo despite being a founding member, so I think it really meant a lot to him. Coming full circle so to speak. So I chose the song “Salt the Wound” since I thought the rhythm section for the first lead was right in his wheelhouse, and he killed it! He came in and busted out several takes and his solo compliments mine perfectly. Then we drank beer and ate barbecue! Epic time!”
“It felt really casual, really cool – just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day,” Kirk Hammett stated to RollingStone.com in July.
As announced last week, Kirk Hammett isn’t the only special guest to grace Blood In, Blood Out. Crafting an industrial sound bed on the intro to the album opener ‘Black 13’ is electronic music producer Dan the Automator (GORILLAZ, MIKE PATTON, DELTRON 3030), and TESTAMENT’s Chuck Billy lends his signature roar to the track ‘BTK.’
We interrupt these important album details for a delicious story – EXODUS’ Gary Holt will appear as a guest judge on this week’s episode of Top Chef Duels on Bravo! The episode airs TOMORROW, September 10th at 10pm ET/9pm CT. The guest judges panel also features fellow heavy metal frontrunners Rob Zombie and Scott Ian, judging a full vegan meal. For more information on the show, the judges and the contestants, please visit:
Exodus Releases Statement Regarding Man Arrested for Posting “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” Lyrics
For Immediate Release
September 4, 2014
Fan Arrested for Posting Lyrics:
EXODUS Releases Statement Regarding Man Arrested for Posting “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” Lyrics
There has been an unfortunate situation that has come to the band’s attention. A fan in Greenville, Kentucky has been arrested and is currently being jailed for alleged terroristic threats for posting the lyrics to the EXODUS song ‘Class Dismissed’.
The band EXODUS does not promote or condone terrorists, threats or bullying. That being said, the band is somewhat baffled by the fact that this man being charged for what seems against his first amendment rights of Freedom of Speech.
Follow this link for more information on the arrest: http://www.14news.com/story/26431395/lyrics-posted-on-facebook-lead-to-arrest-of-muhlenberg-co-man
“The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society,” states EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt. “James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song ‘Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)’ was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked up behavior. It was the Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive.”
Gary continues, “As some of us in EXODUS are parents, of course these things hit close to home, it’s every parent’s worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares, and life, as well as music, isn’t always pretty. But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band, including EXODUS, and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society.”
Look for the forthcoming EXODUS album, entitled Blood In, Blood Out, coming October 14, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. Also, catch EXODUS on the road with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies this fall.