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Interview von: arne mit Gary Holt, am: 30.05.2010 ]

Dass die aus der berüchtigten Bay Area stammenden EXODUS nicht darauf aus sind, Gefangene zu machen, stellt bereits die Gestaltung des Covers von „Exhibit B: The Human Condition“ klar. Zu sehen sind diverse Waffen und damit Wege, den Untergang – respektive Tod – herbeizuführen. Ob man dabei auf einzelne Individuen abstellt oder gleich auf die ganze Menschheit ist egal. Die Bibel steht für die verschiedenen Religionen, doch eines fehlt im Bild. Auch musikalisch lässt sich ein wüster Sturm entfachen, der seine Hörer niederdrückt und zermürbt. Die Kalifornier zelebrieren auf der Platte neuerlich den gepflegten Frontalangriff, der gut ausbalanciert zwischen straightem Geballer, rabiatem Walzen und handwerklichen Highlights entwickelt wird.


Musicscan: Exodus’ sound is pretty unique for everyone who ever got in contact with you guys. What would you point out to be bands “trademarks”, and what makes the difference out of your view?

Exodus: That's always a hard question to come up with an answer to, we just have our own way of writing thrash songs, and our riffs are very unique to us as a band.

Musicscan: Do you still remember when you wrote your first song with Exodus and what it felt like and how it feels like now when you finish a song? How has your relationship to music and band changed over the years?

Exodus: I can vaguely remember my first riff, I think it was the main riff to "Hell's breath". I never truly feel a song is finished, because I'm always obsessing about them. But my relationship with the band and our music will never change, it's a long time love affair for me.

Musicscan: With this new wave of insane and technical grind/tech-metal-bands with influences ranging from progressive to jazz aren't you scared that it has become harder for Exodus to find its listeners? What have been the experiences you’ve made with younger audiences on your last few tours?

Exodus: I never worry about that sort of stuff, we have some of the most loyal fans in the world, and a whole generation of new younger fans as well. As long as we go out every night like we mean business, we will continue to do just fine.

Musicscan: This whole underground-extreme-metal-thing turned more and more professional over the past few years. What do you think about it? Is the extreme-underground loosing its basis, identity and sincerity?

Exodus: No, I think things are great right now, with real metal of all different types doing well, after so many years of trending nu metal crap.

Musicscan: What lessons have you learned from being involved with the extreme-underground for a longer time? What has it done for you?

Exodus: It's given me everything, it's the reason I do what I do. I've learned that you have to be honest musically and write the songs you want to write, and not concern yourself with what others think you should do.

Musicscan: Is there something that bores you about todays extreme-underground-scene, or maybe there is something you miss?

Exodus: Nothing bores me, but I will always miss the San Francisco scene, the way it was in the early days. It was amazing.

Musicscan: Are there any principles you would never give up to with Exodus? Which?

Exodus: We will never sell out, ever.

Musicscan: Exodus have always been an extreme and straightforward band, never sticking to any formulas. But listening to the new songs quite a bit, I have been noticing a little more groove and flow together with a confident old school approach. Is this something you guys tried to do with the new stuff or did the writing process just head in that direction?

Exodus: Everything we do is a natural thing, we never think"we should do this" or "we should do that", we just write, and whatever comes out of us creatively is what you get.

Musicscan: Musically and lyrically Exodus is a band fueled by raw emotion and a lot of hatred. What are the motives behind writing in this style, and what reactions are you seeking to evoke in your audience?

Exodus: We always want to invoke aggression and rage in our audience, but in a healthy way, we don't want to see anyone get hurt. But this world of ours is full of things to direct our anger against, and I don't see that changing any time soon.

Musicscan: What makes Exodus special to you? How would you describe the essence of the band?

Exodus: A musical steel pipe to the head!

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