PureGrainAudio.com ran through some of its “Most Extreme” questions with drummer Tom Hunting of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metallers EXODUS when the band played in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 15. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked what the “most extreme country” is that EXODUS has ever played, Huntingresponded: “A couple of summers ago, we went through Eastern Europe, and we did Macedonia, Romania, Bosnia… basically, all the countries that have a ‘ia’ at the end of them. We rode a ferry up this river — I think it was going to Romania from some other ‘ia’ country — and we got on this little river ferry, and the bus wouldn’t quite fit on it, so they had to leave the back thing down. And we were, like, ‘This is crazy.’ And the toilet on the thing had… it was just like a pipe that went straight out to the river. And when you flush it, you could watch everything just go into the river. We had kids born during the Bosnian war that are metal fans now that… One guy had a prosthetic leg, and he was, like, taking pictures, holding up his leg and shit. We would totally go back there in a minute. But, I mean, never in my life did I think I’d be sipping a cappuccino in the middle of Bosnia. One of the guys in an opening band did almost get mugged that night, too, by the way.”
EXODUS and TESTAMENT have joined forces for the “Dark Roots Of Thrash II” tour. The trek is conquering North America for five weeks, beginning April 1 in San Francisco, and includes select TESTAMENT and EXODUS festival performances. Support on the tour is coming from Texas melodic metal assailants SHATTERED SUN.
EXODUS‘s latest album, “Blood In Blood Out”, sold around 8,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on October 14, 2014 via Nuclear Blast, the CD art was illustrated by Swedish artist Pär Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUS‘ “Let There Be Blood”.
“Blood In Blood Out” is EXODUS‘ first album since the departure of the band’s lead singer of the past nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve “Zetro” Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.