Legendary American thrash band Exodus are dropping a new album,. Persona non Grata, on November 19th via Nuclear Blast. These thrashers have unveiled the first single titled, “The Beatings Will Continue(Until Morale Improves),” scroll down to see that video. Persona non Grata is the band’s first release since 2014’s Blood in Blood out. This new offering marks the second album since the return of Steve “Zetro” Souza as the band’s vocalist.
Zetro addresses the length of the wait for the new album,
“A lot of you guys are wondering why it’s taking so long, and yes, Tom’s illness had a bit to play in it. But they haven’t been able to make vinyl. Nobody worked last year. So all the bands that wrote records and now are gonna put records out, they’re six months behind in producing vinyl. So it’s basically what it’s about. So because we’re very proud of this record [and] this record is very special for us, I don’t think that Nuclear Blast wanted to take any stops out on it, so they wanted multiple vinyls. But I can guarantee you it’ll be out in November, and you guys will not be disappointed. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed on this.”
The illness Souza is referring to is the total gastrectomy that was undergone by drummer Tom Hunting, you may remember we told you all about that. If you want the full story about Hunting, click here.
“I wrote a couple of songs lyrically, but [guitarist] Gary Holt wrote the brunt of this record, and it exemplifies why he is the real deal in thrash metal or heavy metal. That’s why all you guys that follow him and love his guitar playing and his technique and his style, you have every reason to do that. And this record, after you hear the record, you’re just gonna go, ‘Wow! Zetro was right.’ And then performance-wise, everybody killed it on their performance. Tom was a man possessed. Jack [Gibson, bass] was too; I think it’s the best bass playing I’ve heard on a record for Jack. And those that have heard the record think it’s the best vocal performance that I’ve done.”
Drummer John Tempesta will be behind the kit for Exodus at Psycho Las Vegas on August 22 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada and at Full Terror Assault on September 11 at Hogrock Campground in Cave In Rock, Illinois.
01) Persona Non Grata
03) Slipping Into Madness
05) Prescribing Horror
06) The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)
07) The Years Of Death And Dying
09) Cosa Del Pantano
11) The Fires Of Division