Spark TV, which is part of the Czech monthly magazine Spark, recently conducted an interview with drummer Tom Hunting of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the progress of the songwriting sessions for EXODUS‘s follow-up to 2014’s “Blood In Blood Out” album:

Tom: “We’re gonna start working on that in January, ’cause Gary [Holt, EXODUS and SLAYER guitarist] gets a break from SLAYER, and EXODUS, the touring cycle in Europe will be done by then. So we’re gonna get in a room and start jamming.”

On the EXODUS songwriting process:

Tom: “The formula’s always the same: it’s just guys getting in a room and, ‘Hey, put a drum beat to this. Put a drum beat to that.’ ‘Okay, that’s good. We’ll keep that.’ It’s not rocket science. It’s pretty easy.”

On whether any new EXODUS material has already been written:

Tom: “It’s all in super-infantile stage right now — just guitar riffs. I haven’t even heard most of it.”

On when EXODUS plans to release the next album:

Tom: “I hope we can something out by 2017 — in the middle, or towards the end of 2017. I wanna take our time, though. It’s not really how much material you put out at this point; it’s gotta be good. I’m more concerned about it being good than [being released] fast.”

As previously reported, EXODUS will return to Europe as part of the colossal “Battle Of The Bays” European tour in October/November, alongside famed Florida death metal squad OBITUARY. Support will come from influential groove crossover metallers PRONG and Australian wrecking machine KING PARROT.

“Blood In Blood Out” was the band’s first album since the departure of EXODUS‘s lead singer of nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.

EXODUS last fall completed a tour of North America as the support act for KING DIAMOND.