Earlier EXODUS guitarist Rick Hunolt was recently interviewed for EXODUS singer Zetro by Steve “Zetro” Souzas Toxic Vault YouTube channel. While chatting, Rickwho participated EXODUS in 1983, a few months after the departure of Kirk Hammetwas asked why he thinks METALLICSs James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich chose Hammett to replace Dave Mustaine just before recording “Kill Them All” album. He replied (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “That’s why I think James chose Kirk. It’s because Dave and [Kirk‘s] styles were similar back then – pentatonic, bluesy. James didn’t want any effects on his shit. He wanted Kirk play dry – no echo; just really dry Marshal show. Wah-wah [pedal] it’s cool i guess. But he had a similar style Dave. individual, personal, [they were] totally two different people.
“Before, when you went to see METALLICSthe rode why you went to see METALLICS is because we wanted to go see Dave – that is it,” Rick continued. “Dave 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 show. Period of time. That is it. And he was funny as shit – drunk. God he was great. Dave was then the king.
“How you get kicked out of your own band, I don’t know,” Hunolt added. “I don’t want to talk about that… But as for me personally, Dave Mustaine is the godfather of thrash metal.”
Hammett was a member of EXODUS‘s original lineup before replacing it mustaine in METALLICS. In reality, Hammett was not only the creator of the EXODUS name, but also the first from the band to meet the singer Paul Baloff and brought him in EXODUS.
The original lineup of EXODUS consisted of guitarists Hammett and Tim Agnellodrummer Tom Hunting and singer Keith Stewart. Guitarist Garry Holt joined the band in 1981, while Kirk left two years before EXODUS’ classic debut album, 1985’s “Bound by Blood”saw the light of day.
although EXODUS is rarely mentioned alongside the so-called “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal – METALLICS, MEGADETH, KILLER and ANTHRAX — “Bound by Blood” inspired people like TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, VIOLENCE and many others to launch their careers and is regarded as one of the most influential thrash metal LPs of all time.
Less than a year ago, Holt was asked if Hammett was involved in songwriting for any material that landed on it “Bound by Blood”. He told the “Put on Your Dukes” podcast: “There were riffs I had written while Kirk was still in the tape, and he tried to modify them, tried to change them a little bit — the old, ‘I changed it a little bit. I’m a co-writer of this riff.’ And that was about two riffs, I think. And the rest was written after he left. We’ve never used one Kirk Hammet riff, ever, till [2004’s] ‘Pace of the Damned’ [album] when we recorded [the early EXODUS song] ‘Impaler’.”
Explain that “the first two [EXODUS] songs ended afterKirk Hammet goods ‘Strike of the Beast’ and ‘No love’,” Holt continued, “The greatest talent I have, if you want to call it a talent, is my damn memory. I can remember having damn everything. Kirk the riff to ‘Strike of the Beast’and I can picture it like watching it on a movie – in the jam room, me in my place where I played it [the riff] and he wants to change the higher note into a lower note; I remember it all like I’m watching a movie of it. I remember everything – every last minute of it. I remember details of the most pointless shit.”
Back in 2018, Kirk talked about the fact that riffs from songs of EXODUS, “Die by His Hand” and “Impaler”found their way to “Creaking Death” and “trapped under ice”from METALLICSs “Ride the Lightning” album. “What I think happened was when Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] and James [Hetfield, METALLICA frontman] thought about leaving Dave [Mustaine]our sound man, Mark Whitaker – who was EXODUSmanager – she gave EXODUS“demos,” Kirk said. “I think ‘Died by his hand’ may have caught their ears. So when they were writing ‘creeping death’they went, ‘Great. ‘Died by his hand’. Put it there.’ It certainly wasn’t me who said, ‘I’ve got a riff in this EXODUS song, and it must be in this METALLICS song.’ By the way, I wrote that ‘Died by his hand’ riff when I was about 16 years old.”