Bay Area thrash masters Exodus are set to release their tenth studio album Blood In, Blood Out on October 14th via Nuclear Blast Records. Guitarist Gary Holt has been doing double duty playing not only in Exodus but also filling the slot left vacant by the late Jeff Hannemann in Slayer, raising Exodus’s public profile. Add to that the fact that the band’s iconic vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza has returned to the fold and former Exodus and current Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is contributing a guest solo, and you get arguably the most anticipated record Exodus record ever.
Now, we are getting our first listen to the track that Hammett contributed to and it does not disappoint. “Salt the Wound” is exactly the sort of classic thrash riff fest that we’ve come to expect from Exodus and Hammett’s solo is instantly recognizable.
Listen to “Salt the Wound” here below.
If this track is representative of the quality and intensity of the entire record, then Blood In, Blood Out might just be the record that finally elevates Exodus to the same commercial status as their Bay Area contemporaries in Metallica and Testament.