Gary Holt Explains If His Time In Slayer Influenced Any New Exodus Material He Wrote

Slayer and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt spoke in a recent interview with Alive & Streaming and talked about his time with Slayer as well as the upcoming Exodus album.

In 2011, Gary Holt joined Slayer to replace Jeff Hanneman temporarily and following the death of Hanneman, he confirmed to be the permanent member. In 2019, Slayer made a farewell tour and disbanded afterward.

Last year, Gary Holt teased that Exodus has been working on a new project, and Gary revealed the title of the album, Persona Non Grata, in November. Also, the album is planned to be released in summer 2021.

In the conversation, Gary Holt revealed if his time with Slayer affect any sound of the new album and said that even though he learned a lot during his time with Slayer, the new album of Exodus exactly sounds like Exodus and relieved the Exodus fans.

Interviewer asked:

“You being in Slayer for 9 years, I was going to ask this question, do you think your time in Slayer has influenced some of the new Exodus material?”

Gary Holt replied:

“I don’t think so. I think when you hear the new Exodus, anybody who says, ‘I bet it sounds like Slayer’ – it’s not like that. It sounds like Exodus.

But I learned a lot. When you go from one band, and then you go to another band, and you’re playing arenas and shit, you learn a lot about behind-the-scene elements and all that kind of shit.

And it was really good for my chops, that’s for sure, playing that kind of high-speed shit soloing-wise. As I said, I was making shit up half the time.”

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