EXODUS Guitarist GARY HOLT On The SLAYER Crew - "They Don't Mess Around, Especially After The DIMEBAG DARRELL Thing"

November 22, 2021, 2 years ago

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EXODUS Guitarist GARY HOLT On The SLAYER Crew - "They Don't Mess Around, Especially After The DIMEBAG DARRELL Thing"

Daniel Dekay at BangerTV sat down with Exodus guitarist Gary Holt to talk about the making of the long awaited Exodus album, Persona Non Grata. He also shared some stories of wild backstage carnage with Slayer at the hands of Gary's guitar tech Warren Lee aka the Mayor of Knuckletown.

Holt: "I've seen that man (Warren) knock out guys three feet taller than him. He always will give you a chance to get out. I remember one show in France several years ago, some dude got on stage, and they're trying to drag him off, and he's fighting, and he won't drag out. And finally, Warren just had to bust him up. The guy's bleeding and shit, and he started screaming about how he knew the mayor, all this stuff. Like, 'Whatever dude, you know the Mayor of Knuckletown now, son.'

It's not just Warren; it's the Slayer crew, in general, are just hooligans. They don't mess around. Especially after the Dimebag thing, they don't take any chances, and every one of them. You don't mess around with Warren. He's a tough motherfucker, my brother too, I miss him so much."

Exodus have released their eleventh studio album, Persona Non Grata, via Nuclear Blast Records. The band have also released the lyric video for the track, "Prescribing Horror", which can be viewed below.

Gary Holt states, "As we have finally come to the day of Persona Non Grata’s release, something we’ve been eagerly awaiting for what seems like an eternity. We are pleased to share one last lyric video with you, my personal favorite song on the album, ‘Prescribing Horror’. A little tale of motherhood and a drug, and what happens when greed comes before life and safety. The story of Thalidomide.”

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.

Persona Non Grata is available in the following formats:

- CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
- T-Shirt + CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!)
- T-Shirt
- Cassette – Tinted Red
- CD Jewel + Blu-ray Bonus Disc (Jam Camp!) Long Box (Decibel Magazine Exclusive)
- Double LP
 * Black
 * Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter
 * Electric Blue W/ Black & Bone
 * Gold & Bone Swirl W. Black and Mint Green Splatter
 * Green in Mustard W/ Red Splatter
 * Mint Green & Brown W/ Cyan Splatter (EMP Exclusive)
 * Purple & Yellow Swirl W/ Mint Green & Bone Splatter (UK Indie Exclusive)
 * Bone & Beer Swirl W/ Red & Brown Splatter (Revolver Magazine Exclusive)
 * Red & Mustard Swirl W/ Black Splatter (Rebellion Republic Exclusive)
 * Blue Swirl W/ Bone * Black Splatter (U.S. Indie Exclusive)
- Mail Order Boxset – Limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide
 * Orange, Red Swirl W/ Black Splatter
 * 20 page booklet
 * Slipmat
 * CD + Blu-ray Bonus Disc
 * Patch
 * Flag

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"Persona Non Grata"
"Slipping Into Madness"
"Prescribing Horror"
"The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)"
"The Years of Death and Dying"
"Cosa Del Pantano"
"The Fires of Division"

"The Years Of Death And Dying" lyric video:

"Clickbait" lyric video:

"The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)":

"The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)" video:

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