Exodus (American thrash metal band)

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Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1980 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 34 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members. Their current lineup consists of vocalist Steve Souza, guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus, bassist Jack Gibson and drummer Tom Hunting. Hunting is one of the original members, and departed from Exodus twice, in 1989 and 2004, but rejoined in 2007. Holt joined the band shortly after its formation, and is the only member of Exodus to appear on all their releases.

Since its formation, Exodus has released ten studio albums, two live albums and two compilations. They are often credited as pioneers of the Bay Area thrash metal scene, and had particular success in the mid-to-late 1980s with their first three studio albums―Bonded by Blood, Pleasures of the Flesh and Fabulous Disaster. The critical praise given to Fabulous Disaster garnered attention from major labels, including Capitol Records, with whom Exodus would eventually sign in 1989. Exodus released two more studio albums (Impact Is Imminent and Force of Habit) before disbanding in 1993. After a temporary return in 1997-1998, Exodus reformed for a second time in 2001, and since then, they have released five more studio albums, the most recent being 2014's Blood In, Blood Out. Exodus have sold over 5 million albums worldwide as of 2013.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1985 Bonded by Blood Exodus 5 8
1987 Pleasures of the Flesh Exodus 5
1988 Fabulous Disaster Exodus 5
1990 Impact Is Imminent Exodus 5
1992 Force of Habit Exodus 4
2004 Tempo of the Damned Exodus 4 6
2005 Shovel Headed Kill Machine Exodus 7
2007 The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A Exodus 6
2008 Let There Be Blood Exodus 5 2
2010 Exhibit B: The Human Condition Exodus 5 4
2014 Blood In, Blood Out Exodus 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1992 The Best of... Exodus: Lessons in Violence Compilation Exodus 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1991 Good Friendly Violent Fun Live Exodus 2
1997 Another Lesson in Violence Live Exodus 3
2010 Shovel Headed Tour Machine: Live at Wacken and Other Assorted Atrocities Live Exodus 2


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2010 Hammer and Life Exodus 1
2014 Salt the Wound Exodus feat. Kirk Hammett 1
2014 Blood In, Blood Out Exodus 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2003 War Is My Shepherd Exodus 2


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1984 A Lesson in Violence Exodus 1

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