Earlier this week it was announced that EXODUS guitarist Lee Altus won’t be able to join his bandmates on their European tour this summer due to “family issues”. Replacing it will Brandon Ellis of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER.
EXODUS singer Steve “Zetro” Souza hit Altusthe absence of the hike in a video update on his Zetro YouTube’s Toxic Vault channel. He said, “Our guitarist Lee Altus will not be doing this leg of the tour. It will be Brandon of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. He will replace the guitar. For Lee, there are family issues that Lee has to take care of himself, so he’ll stay back [home]. He’s not going anywhere. Sometimes these things happen. Family things are happening. You can’t always put [the band] first.”
Souza went on to say that he and his EXODUS bandmates are “eager to play with Brandon.”
“We knew that [Brandon] would nail it, and it’s sort of something that’s been in the works for a little while, so he’s actually had time to learn the music and really get into it,” the singer explained. So it’s gonna be really good.
“We’re not going to cancel. We’re going to continue. It’s going to be EXODUS.
“For everyone in Europe, you’re going to get a tremendous EXODUS To display,” Souza added. “That’s all I can say. It’s going to be heavy.”
When AltusThe absence of was first announced on June 22 EXODUS released a statement via social media in which the band said: “EXODUS announce with regret that Lee Altus won’t be joining us on our next European tour. Family concerns dictate that he stays close to home and being so far from home is not possible. EXODUS stay strong with Lee and destroy in his name, and he will join us for upcoming tours such as the fall leg of “The Bay Strikes Back”. We support our brother in everything and he will come back! Joining us on this trek is none other than Brandon Ellis of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER so let’s welcome him as one of EXODUS family! Brandon is one of the sickest guitarists in the world and he’s sure to kill him! See you soon in Europe and the UK!”
Brandon added, “I’m beyond grateful to have the opportunity to take the stage with the legendary guys from EXODUS and crush outdoor festivals and clubs in July and August. I wish Lee the best and will cover his right-wing position with honor and respect!”
EXODUS continues his tour to support his latest album, “Persona non grata”released last November via Nuclear Explosion Records.
“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 was mixed by Andy Snap. For the third time in the history of the group, they return to the Swedish artist By Olofsson to create the album cover.
“Persona non grata” is the sequel to 2014 “Blood in Blood”which was the San Francisco Bay Area thrashers’ first release since the lead singer left the band for nine years, Rob Dukesand the return of Steve “Zetro” Souzawho previously led EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.
last July, EXODUS drummer tom hunt underwent a successful total gastrectomy in his battle with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the stomach. He joined his comrades on stage in October at the replica festival in Sacramento, California.
EXODUS tapped John Tempesta play drums for the band psycho las vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada in August and in Full Terror Assault in Cave In Rock, Illinois in September as Hunt was recovering from an operation. Storm was a member of EXODUS from 1989 to 1993 and performed on the group’s albums “The impact is imminent” (1990) and “The Force of Habit” (1992).
A GoFundMe Campaign to help Hunt with medical expenses had already raised more than $114,000 – including $5,000 from To Mis the old EXODUS teammate, current METALLIC guitarist Kirk Hammettand $1,500 from FOZZY singer and wrestling superstar Chris Jericho.