EXODUS reveal new album title "Persona Non Grata"
EXODUS reveal new album title “Persona Non Grata”
EXODUS has set “Persona Non Grata” as the title of its long-awaited new album, due in the summer of 2021 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The San Francisco Bay Area thrashers’ next disc will be the follow-up to 2014’s “Blood In Blood Out”, which was their first release since the departure of the group’s lead singer of nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of Steve “Zetro” Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.
“Persona Non Grata” was recorded at a studio in Lake Almanor, California and was engineered by Steve Lagudi and EXODUS. It was produced by EXODUS and it is currently being mixed by Andy Sneap.
EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt shared the album title in an Instagram post, writing in an accompanying caption: “Early indications are this monster sounds fucking sick! Doing some spot vocal stuff tomorrow with @zetrodus and then tracking is DONE. Gonna be a long wait until the release of this beast on @nuclearblastrecords”.
Souza recently said about the musical direction of the new EXODUS material: “This album has everything that a heavy metal fan and EXODUS fan wants. It’s very brutal, it’s very violent, it’s very fast. The lyrics are very aggressive and really deep subject matter. It doesn’t disappoint.
“As for Gary Holt, him being the major songwriter and the main songwriter, I feel that he’s written an absolute masterpiece — an absolute thrash metal masterpiece,” he continued. “It’s got all of the elements that an EXODUS record should have. It’s not even done yet, and I’m really already proud of it.”
“Persona Non Grata” will feature a guest appearance by ex-EXODUS guitarist Rock Hunolt.
“Persona Non Grata” will be EXODUS’s first since the completion of SLAYER’s final tour. In 2011, Holt began filling in for Jeff Hanneman at SLAYER live shows, and became the band’s full-time co-guitarist as of 2013, while remaining a member of EXODUS.
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