Gary Holt to Chaoszine: “It felt absolutely amazing to get Tom Hunting back behind the drum kit to play with us”

Author Arto Mäenpää - 18.11.2021

With a bond forged in youth and decades-old friendship, the undisputed masters of thrash metal Exodus return with their eleventh studio album, “Persona Non Grata” due to be released on November 19th via Nuclear Blast Records.

Literally translating to an “unwelcome” or “unacceptable” person, “Persona Non Grata” touches on themes of modern societal disgust and degradation. The band gathered at Tom Hunting’s house in the mountains where they produced and recorded “Persona Non Grata” from three home-built studios. Steve Lagudi was at the helm of engineering while the band enlisted Andy Sneap of Backstage Studios to mix the album. For the third time in the band’s history, they returned to Swedish artist Par Olofsson to create the album artwork.

Chaoszine had the chance to catch up with the band’s primus motor, guitarist Gary Holt, to discuss about his tenure with Slayer, the upcoming “Persona Non Grata” album, Tom Hunting’s cancer diagnosis and how Holt decided to stop drinking for good and has now lived sober life for over 5 months. You can watch out the video interview below:

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Tracklisting for “Persona Non Grata”:
1.Persona Non Grata
2. R.E.M.F
3. Slipping Into Madness
4. Elitist
5. Prescribing Horror
6. The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)
7. The Years Of Death And Dying
8. Clickbait
9. Cosa Del Pantano
10. Lunatic-Liar-Lord
11. The Fires Of Division
12. Antiseed