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"Exodus" is an American thrash metal band formed in 1982 in San Francisco, California, by Kirk Hammett, Tom Hunting, Paul Baloff and Gary Holt.

After several personnel changes, Exodus split in 1992, reforming in 1996 with new bassist Jack Gibson. This incarnation lasted roughly two years before the band split and reformed ''again'' in 2001.

In 1983, founding member Kirk Hammett left to join Metallica and was replaced by Rick Hunolt; Rob McKillop was recruited as a bassist. This lineup released the classic title ''Bonded by Blood'' in 1985, an album which has been cited as a massive influence on many up-and-coming bands of the time.

Shortly before the release of ''Pleasures Of The Flesh'' in 1987, Paul Baloff left and was replaced by Steve "Zetro" Souza, who also sang for Legacy, which developed into Testament.

The line-up remained stable for the next few albums, but the band never garnered the success of their peers, such as Metallica and Megadeth. After two fairly heavy releases (''Fabulous Disaster'' and ''Impact is Imminent'')), the band released their first live effort, ''Good Friendly Violent Fun''.

After its release, the band toured off and o...

years active1982-1992
2001-Present (time)
countrySan Francisco, USA
music genreThrash metal
current membersGary Holt (musician)
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