Ancient EXODUS guitarist Rick Hunolt was recently interviewed for EXODUS singer Zetro by Steve “Zetro” Souzait is YouTube Toxic Vault channel. During the conversation, grinding wheelwho joined EXODUS in 1983, a few months after the departure of Kirk Hammetthe was asked why he thinks METALLICit is James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich chose Hammet replace Dave Mustaine just before recording “Kill them all” album. He replied (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “That’s why I think james chose Church. It’s because David and [Kirk‘s] the styles at the time were similar – pentatonic, bluesy. james didn’t want effects on his shit. He wanted Church play dry – no echo; just a real dry marshal Your. Wah-wah [pedal] is cool, I guess. But he had a style similar to David. Individually, personality-wise, [they were] completely two different human beings.
“At the time, when you went to see METALLICthe raison why did you go to see METALLIC it’s because we wanted to go see David – that’s it,” grinding wheel continued. “David played lead guitar. He spoke between songs. james sang – that’s all he did. He didn’t play rhythm guitar. It was the Dave Mustaine To display. Period. That’s it. And he was funny as shit – drunk. Oh, my God, he was awesome. David was, like, the king at the time.
“How you got kicked out of your own band, I don’t know,” Hunolt added. “I don’t want to talk about that… But as far as I’m concerned, personally, Dave Mustaine is the godfather of thrash metal.”
Hammet was a member of EXODUSfrom the original range before replacing Mustaine in METALLIC. In reality, Hammet was not only the person who invented the EXODUS name, but also the first of the group to meet the singer Paul Baloff and brought him to EXODUS.
The original range of EXODUS composed of guitarists Hammet and Tim Lambdrummer tom hunt and singer Keith Stewart. Guitarist Gary Holt joined the group in 1981, while Church left two years before EXODUS’ classic debut album, 1985 “Bound by Blood”was born.
Although EXODUS is rarely mentioned alongside the so-called “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal – METALLIC, MEGADETH, KILLER and ANTHRAX — “Bound by Blood” inspired the likes of WILL, ANGEL OF DEATH, VIOLENCE and many more to launch their careers and is considered one of the most influential thrash metal albums of all time.
less than a year ago, Holt we asked if Hammet was involved in the songwriting for all the material that ended up on “Bound by Blood”. He told the “Put On Your Dukes” podcast: “There were riffs that I had written during Church was still in the band, and he tried to adapt them, tried to change them a bit – the old one, “I changed it a bit”. I’m co-author of this riff.’ And it was, like, two riffs, I think. And the rest was written after he left. We have never used Kirk Hammett riff, never, until [2004’s] ‘Tempo of the Damned’ [album] when we recorded [the early EXODUS song] ‘Impale’.”
Explaining that “the first two [EXODUS] songs finished afterKirk Hammett were “The Strike of the Beast” and ‘No love’“, Holt continued: “The biggest talent I have, if you want to call it a talent, is my fucking memory. I remember fucking everything. I remember showing him… I can imagine like a movie, showing Church the riff to “The Strike of the Beast”and I can imagine it as if I was watching it in a movie – in the jam room, me in my place where I played it [the riff] and him wanting to change the highest note to a lower note; I remember everything like I was watching a movie. I remember everything – every last minute. I remember the details of the most meaningless shit.”
In 2018, Church talked about the fact that the riffs of the songs of EXODUS, “Die by His Hand” and “Impale”found their place in “Terrifying Death” and “Trapped Under the Ice”of METALLICit is “Ride the Lightning” album. “I think what happened is when Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] and james [Hetfield, METALLICA frontman] were thinking of getting rid of David [Mustaine]our sound engineer, Mark Whitaker – was EXODUS‘ manager – gave them EXODUS‘ demos, ” Church said. “I think “Die by His Hand” may have caught their ears. So when they were writing ‘Terrifying Death’they went, ‘Great. “Die by His Hand”. Just put it there. It certainly wasn’t me saying “I got a riff here in this EXODUS song, and she must be here in this METALLIC song.’ By the way I wrote this “Die by His Hand” riff when I was, like, 16.”