Gary Holt - Exodus
As my last act of defiance, I chose to see Exodus, in lieu of the Celtic Frost reunion tour, playing the same night, elsewhere. Last time I passed on Exodus to see Dragonforce; not realizing I would witness their wiley antics twice more in only three months. I chose my weapon surreptitiously and booked an interview with the leader of the insuit circus - Gary - and then there was one - Holt; who has experienced quite a changing of the guard until his most recent solid - shovelheaded killing machine - line-up, featuring Paul Bostaph and Lee Altus.
This is now my sixth time facing the metal command, and I am priviledged to have seen them with each of their vocalists - including the late Paul Bailoff. This was early Wednesday evening and I could feel the parasites sifting through my brain dead entity. Boy, did I feel altered and razed like a caged in Hell - chemikill overdose patient. The piranha had eaten away at my memory, as I grilled Gary, avoiding all verbal razors, knowing truth reigned within. Like father - like son this inner battle would be one - til death do us part...
MettleAngel: Gary, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview.
MettleAngel: I know you probably get asked the same questions every night - so I'll try to make this interesting, as I'm a big fan and have followed you for over 20 years.
MettleAngel: Now you have been in the band for a long time - even back when Kirk Hammet played guitar for Exodus?
MettleAngel: You have also known Lee Altus from Heathen for quite sometime. After all, Paul Bailoff was in Heathen even before Exodus. I know Lee's dream was to play in Exodus. Now You have been touring for a year straight for this new CD which came out almost exactly one year ago, correct?
MettleAngel: Yeah, and for those shows you get to play the classics. Last year when Wendy and I saw you on our 5th anniversery, I gave you shit for not playing the song Exodus. You played Bonded By Blood and a few other older tracks. Any chance of resurrecting those killer songs from Pleasures Of The Flesh?
MettleAngel: So you do admit that there are some excellent Exodus songs, which you wrote over the years, beside the Bonded By blood staples.
MettleAngel: I'm not a big Hatebreed fan. I think they are all great guys, and I respect that for which they stand; but I just cannot get into their hardcore growl laden sound; which is strange because I love Agnostic Front and Sick of it All, and the early New York punk bands.
MettleAngel: Well, I'm grateful they invited you and Napalm Death onto this tour. I know they picked each band who played this festival. Now are the fans really getting into Rob's vocals. He's the perfect blend of retro Zetro and Paul, with some Tom Araya slaying vocals.
MettleAngel: Do the older fans miss Paul or ask about Zetro?
MettleAngel: Do you still encounter old school Exodus die-hard fans at show or is it mostly new fans and ass younger audience?
MettleMaiden: What about the thrash pits,
it seems that they have evolved from moshing into Mortal Kombat try-outs!
MettleAngel: That would be so cool. Everytime I've seen Exodus live I couldn't wait to waltz it up in the pit. Nowadays, especially tonight, since I'm so brain dead - I just step aside.
MettleAngel: Gary, you released a live DVD with Zetro. Any plans to do a DVD with this line-up and Rob on vocals?
MettleAngel: Then a new album is your prority?
MettleAngel: Now I read recently that you were supposed to be reissuing Bonded By Blood with a bonus disc of bands covering Exodus songs to celebrate the albums 20th anniversary?
MettleAngel: No wait, that's not what I meant. I'm talking about those false cases where someone besmirches the clergy just to get rich. I've known many priests - some who've been accused of paedophilia wrongly. I used to be the only male teacher in an elementary school. If someone does not like you, they can falsely accuse you. Even if you are, indeed, innocent; your reputation is instantly destroyed. I know men who have been falsely accused, by influential wealthy parents. It's just like that Matt Dillon character in the movie Wild Things.
MettleAngel: OK, this is getting too serious now. You used to be married right?
MettleAngel: So you are a proud parent too. Lee is also a father as he just had a daughter.
MettleAngel: Lipstick lesbians - I'm quoting you on that...
MettleAngel: OK, now I get it. That's not paedophilia, it's more like liberal ecumenism. That's a far cry from having a rosary jammed into your ass, or being molested by a priest . Thanks for taking the time to indulge me. As usual, you have quite a sense of humour.