“Blood In Blood Out”, the new album from San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS, sold around 8,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band’s previous CD, “Exhibit B: The Human Condition”, opened with around 4,600 units back in May 2010 to land at No. 114.
Asked in June 2012 if Exodus had plans to record a tenth studio album, bassist Jack Gibson stated that the band was “way overdue to do it.” Then he added, “I know that Gary has songs, and Lee has some stuff — they’ve been coming up with stuff — [but] we just really haven’t had the time to sit down and hammer it all out and then record it.
In an October 2013 interview with The Washington Times, guitarist Gary Holt stated that he would take a break from touring with Slayer until April to focus on finishing the new Exodus album. He also announced that the band would start recording the album in February.
On June 8, 2014, it was announced that Dukes had been fired from the band, and was replaced by his predecessor Steve “Zetro” Souza. On the day after, Holt announced that Souza would start recording vocals on the new album. Souza co-wrote at least one song on the album with bassist Jack Gibson and guitarist Lee Altus, now known as “Body Harvest”.
“Blood In Blood Out” track listing:
01. Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator)
02. Blood In Blood Out
03. Collateral Damage
04. Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett)
05. Body Harvest
06. BTK (featuring Chuck Billy)
07. Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
08. My Last Nerve
10. Honor Killings
11. Food For The Worms
Bonus DVD includes:
* “Blood Upon The Goat” making-of footage
* Behind-the-scenes tour footage
* Footage from Kirk Hammett’s Fear FestEVIL After-Party at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con
The digital version of “Blood In Blood Out” includes the digital bonus track “Angel Of Death” (ANGEL WITCH cover).
The album’s Japanese edition includes the “Protect Not Dissect” bonus track featuring Rat from THE VARUKERS/DISCHARGE.
Blood In, Blood Out was released on October 14, 2014 through Nuclear Blast, and is the band’s first album with vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza since 2004’s Tempo of the Damned. The album also saw a reunion with original guitarist Kirk Hammett, who plays the guitar solo on “Salt the Wound”. Exodus has promoted Blood In, Blood Out with its first concert tour with Souza since his departure from the band in 2004.