Exodus – Blood In, Blood Out: A Video Breakdown


Is everyone still doing the Toxic Waltz?

I’m not a thrash expert. I don’t even play one on TV. I’ve never owned a bullet belt, I’ve never ironed a Hirax patch on the back of a denim jacket, and if push came to shove, I probably couldn’t name 5 Overkill songs. But that’s ok! You don’t need to be an expert to know that Exodus was one of the pioneers of the thrash metal scene. They’ve been at it for 34 (!) years and have recently reunited with singer Steve Souza to release their latest album Blood In, Blood Out this past June. Let’s take a look at their new video for the title track.

0:04: Whoa, too close Steve!

0:06: Bro, do you even bro, bro?!

0:11: Wrinkly white t-shirts provided by the bottom of your dresser drawers.

0:20: He spit his cherry Kool-Aid on the floor! OH NOOOO!

0:27: There’s more facial hair in this group than an East German fetish orgy.

0:38: Is that blood squirting or is someone stabbing Count Chocula?

0:42: Band: “Can you do some zoom ins and out?” Camera guy: “CAN I?!”

0:49: We’ve gone from Toxic Waltz to Bromosh hoedown.

1:06: To quote the classic movie Friday, “You got knocked the fuck out!”

1:10: Spas-tic Sing-along!

1:18: Hepatitis shots provided by Nuclear Blast Records

1:25: Muttonchops Malone enjoys his 2 seconds of fame.

1:31: Weeeeeeee!

1:40: Is there a rule against seeing the band members’ heads while they play? They’re human beings too, damn it!

1:53: It’s the left hand’s time to shine.

2:07: Steve Souza just went full gonzo on that guitar.

2:14: Invisible oranges. They’re not just for black metal and magicians at fruit stands.

2:21: I would pay good money for this guitar solo to end with a big money shot coming out of the guitar head onto the crowd.

2:36: That room must stink by now.

2:56: Is that fog or just funk rising off the pile of humanity?

3:04: The beard is here!

3:12: “Ahuhhuh! We’re moshing! Ahuhuhuh!”

3:18: Can’t we all just get along?

3:28: The jiggling beard is almost hypnotic.

3:35: Now that I think about, why exactly are they fighting?

3:36: Probably because they’re all embarrassed that they’re wearing the same thing.

3:42: Oh good. 20 seconds of not the video I was just watching. Thanks Nuclear Blast.

That was an Exodus song alright and there’s nothing wrong with that. Not really much going on in the video, but that’s fine. No need to spend lots of money on elaborate sets or special effects. That money is better spent getting all the stains out of their clothes. I hope they use fabric softener.

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  • Tyree

    Commence to beard Jigglin’


  • W.

    I’m honestly not huge on Souza’s vox.

    • Beunhaas

      They suck

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Souza may be the favorite Exodus vocalist of this bear. But I also like Blitz and such.

      • Cock ov Steele

        I liked his vocals the best because they sounded like a balls-to-the-wall nutcase losing his damn mind, while a good thrash tune plays in the background.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          I’ve always thought that approach fits thrash. Even if he has naturally decreased in quality over the years. Not too much luckily.

          • Cock ov Steele

            Not too much, but to a slightly disappointing amount on this album. Still, those solos. Hot damn I miss the fact Hunolt’s no longer in but Altus fits in just fine.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            A bigger beef is still: Holt knows a riff, but I’ll be damned, he can’t nake a song out of it.

          • Cock ov Steele

            I thought he did fine. If you’re referring to anything even on Fabulous Disaster I’d have to respectfully disagree with you.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            He’s decrease (Gary’s) began at about the time Force of Habit was composed. FD would be a great album but apparently Holt can’t do that right either. He just has to put in a couple of totally out of place covers.

          • Cock ov Steele

            I liked both of those, the AC/DC cover was more fitting than the War cover I’ll give you that.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I think I “liked” them both. But boy, were they outta pkace on that album. After a slightly disappointing sophomore what they needed was a full on ripper, which they almost delivered. But the past is the past and the futures never coming back.

        • PrincePoopyPanties

          Always thought of him as a pissed of cross between Udo and Bon Scott. No small compliment there.

      • I left the Kreator/Overkill show before Overkill’s set because I think Bobby Blitz is fucking annoying. THERE I SAID IT.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Many share your opinion. Many deserve to be kissed…on the forehead…with a baseball bat…and have their intestines thrown to the shredder…with the other end still attached to themselves.

        • Xan

          Blitz’s vocals annoy the shit out of me. I think I posted on this two or three times now. So much trash is ruined for me because of the cheesy-ass vocals. It’s why if prefer the teutonic thrash such as Sodom and Kreator.

    • IronLawnmower

      He sounds like the guy from thrash or die.

    • Xan

      I’m glad I’m not the only one. I listened to the whole album today and it was fine except for the vocals. The vocals kill it. It’s like they gave the dude helium before recording.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        You are all wrong. You are not entitled to your opinions. You are all wrong.

        • Xan

          We are Legion. We are many.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.”13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs

          • Xan

            Damnit, Jesus. Why do you have to exorcise us?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            ‘Tis my divine right to be right in this matter. Now begone and take your false opinions with you.

    • crazytaco_12

      Dukes was the completely right fit for Exodus’ newer material and I thought brought them to a new level. I like Zetro’s vox on the older albums, but it just sounds dated (in a bad way) to me now. I can live with them, but I’d way rather be hearing Dukes on this record.

  • W.

    Also, how’d they get me in a wheelchair and film me headbanging to this song without my knowledge?

    • The video was actually filmed in the future and sent back to today as a warning.

      • W.

        A future where men will be forced to don white shirts and fight to the death in a circle pit while an ancient thrash band plays a set? Perhaps this combat is to determine each man’s viability for breeding. Clearly, my chances aren’t good if I’m wheelchair bound.

  • CyberneticOrganism


    Seriously though this song is cool.

    • W.

      I dug it. I don’t like Souza’s vocals, but they don’t kill the song for me.

      • Cock ov Steele

        His vocals have lost their pizazz a little bit on this album. But music wise I felt they sounded quite good.

      • They kill the song for me : /

      • The Satan Ov Hell

        for me it’s just their too high in the mix.

  • Cock ov Steele

    I can’t help but notice the similarity between the chorus of this song and “The Toxic Waltz”

    • the songs i’ve heard sound exactly like they came off the Toxic Waltz. rustles my jimmies, i liked what they were doing with Rob Dukes on vox.

      • W.

        Me too. Atrocity Exhibition and Exhibit B killed.

  • Antonius Block, A Knight

    This video seems to attempt making an impact with brutal simplicity. Just like the song. It sucks. Just like the song. The new Hatriot flushes this all the way.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    “There’s more facial hair in this group than an East German fetish orgy.”

    You obviously haven’t been to a one.

    • Zapp Brannigan

      He’s not talking about just facial hair.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        I know for a certainty that they tend to get a “little” hairy.

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  • IronLawnmower

    It’s so rare thrash is discussed in the metal blogosphere.

    Good modern bands?


    • W.

      Oozing Wound and Vektor.

      • IronLawnmower

        Hexen although they dropped off the face of the earth. Suicidal angels.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Modern meaning newer?

          • IronLawnmower

            Yep. Bands that formed post 2000

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Mutant (check out THUMP), Tormenter, Vortex, Tyranex

    • Xan

      Iron Reagan, Warbringer, Lich King, Reign of Fury, Shrapnel, Tyanex, Lost Society, Dust Bolt, Suicidal Angels, Hatriot, Fueled by Fire, Violator, Condition Critical, Toxic Holocaust, Hatchet, Trallery, Mad Maze, Municipal Waste, Tantara, Vektor, Lazarus A.D., Mentally Defiled, Exodia, Havok, Nekromantheon, Pessimist, Pripjat, and Soul Collector are all good modern thrash metal bands.

    • The Satan Ov Hell

      old band because I just like The Accused. Good cross over- check it out.

  • JWG

    All that talk of facial hair. Please tell me there’s a Star-burns cameo…

  • FeelTheDarkness

    I love the new Exodus but then again I have loved them since the release of Bonded By Blood.

  • D. Lee

    in other news, the new JFAC song has finally made me a believer

  • tylerusmaximus

    Does anyone else remember the group Zetro was in with 3/4 of SYL and the lead guitarist from Forbidden? My pick for one album wonder of the decade. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PEqsUjsS_o