Exodus Announce Gorillaz Collaboration for New Album

Also, Mr Chuck Billy.

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Thrash masters Exodus have announced a seemingly odd collaboration on their upcoming album "Blood In, Blood Out."

As the official release reads, the band has teamed up with electronica producer Dan the Automator, known for his work with Gorillaz, Mike Patton and Deltron 3030.

Specifically, Dan was in charge for "crafting an industrial sound bed on the intro to the album opener 'Black 13.'"

Furthermore, Testament vocalist Chuck Billy is also making a guest appearance, lending his "signature roar" for the "BTK" track. As reported, Metallica guitarist and Exodus co-founder Kirk Hammett rounds up the guest list by tracking a solo for "Salt the Wound."

"This was actually the first time Kirk got to play on an official Exodus release," guitar mastermind Gary Holt noted. "He did the early demo, and then joined Metallica and didn't do anything with us after that. So he was totally gung-ho about it. He came down and ripped out a bunch of takes and we picked the best one and then had a barbecue and drank beer."

So that's pretty much it when it comes to album details. Front cover, track listing, and October 14 release date were already confirmed, so now it's just a matter of patiently waiting. There might be a lead single announcement along the way, though.

More old info - "Blood In, Blood Out" marks the return of Steve Souza on vocals and his first studio record with the band since 2004's "Tempo of the Damned."

And speaking of Steve, here's how he described the fresh material: "I'm gonna tell you right now, 'Blood In, Blood Out' is the best Exodus record by far. And I'm not saying that 'cause I just rejoined. Honestly, the musicianship of everyone in it, the writing, the lyrics, the lyrical content... everything all the way through. 11 killers, no fillers. I swear to God, and I mean it."

So cover here, track listing below. Excited?

"Blood In, Blood Out" Track Listing

1. Black 13
2. Blood In, Blood Out
3. Collateral Damage
4. Salt the Wound
5. Body Harvest
6. BTK
7. Wrapped in the Arms of Rage
8. My Last Nerve
9. Numb10. Honor Killings11. Food for the Worms

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    They arent collaborating with the gorillaz, just the guy producer of a few gorillaz albums is doing the intro to one song. When Rick Rubin was producing with the Dixie Chicks did that mean the Dixie chicks did a collab with Slayer?
    Somewhat correct; however, I think Automator played a slightly larger role in actually creating music with Gorillaz than Rubin did with Slayer. Just a hunch.
    Dan only did the first Gorillaz album. Then it was Danger Mouse. Self-produced after that, I think. No Damon, no 'Rillaz
    matteo cubano
    But not nearly as large of a role in laying on a bed listening to the material every few weeks and dipping out
    Yes. Totally looking forward to this. I didn't mind Rob Dukes, though. I guess Exodus is a band that can rock with any singer!
    If Exodus continues like this, next album will have about 13 songs, 1 will be pure exodus, other songs will be collaborationes. xD
    Testament put on a good show, didn't even know glen drover was with them when I saw them.
    He was with them when I saw them too during the 20th anniversary of the Rust In Peace tour. I was kind of bummed when Skolnick wasn't there but he played well.