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Exodus – Persona Non Grata

Release date: 19/11/2021
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Exodus

Persona Non Grata

When we think of the phrase Bonded By Blood, we think of two things: a brotherhood that is meant to outlast the trials of war, pain, and time… and the almighty EXODUS.

FORMATS

2LP (Limited Edition Purple/Yellow Swirl With Mint Green/Bone Splatter Vinyl, 2LP (Limited Edition), CD/BLU-RAY (Limited Edition)

GENRE

Metal
Release date: 19/11/2021
SKU: 4065629415907 Category: Tag:

When we think of the phrase Bonded By Blood, we think of two things: a brotherhood that is meant to outlast the trials of war, pain, and time… and the almighty EXODUS. With a bond forged in youth and decades-old friendship, the undisputed masters of thrash metal return with their eleventh studio album: PERSONA NON GRATA. Literally translating to “an unwelcome” or “unacceptable” person, PERSONA NON GRATA touches on themes of modern societal disgust and degradation. “The people that disgust you – cut ’em out like cancer,” explains guitarist Gary Holt. “Who is that person? It could be anybody. That’s up to the listener. Who is ‘Persona Non Grata’ to them?”

Sitting as the second to last song on the album, “The Fires of Division” keeps PERSONA NON GRATA strong all the way through. “This album doesn’t operate on the normal parameters,” describes Holt, “we didn’t frontload this one, it’s strong right through to the end. It’s supposed to be a musical journey as the songs segway together.”

EXODUS don’t fall into the usual recording slump that most bands get stuck in. Gathering at Tom Hunting’s house up in the mountains, they avoided the need to book studio time or adhere to a certain schedule. “At first it was just Tom, myself, a half stack, and a drum kit; we call it jam camp. We lived there. We built the studio, we immersed ourselves in it. Number one, because we still enjoy each other’s company enough to do it. When we’re not actively rehearsing or recording, we’re still sitting there talking about the songs, working on them, plucking on acoustics until things really work,” explains Holt, “we’re not settling.” Working from three home-built studios, the band recorded PERSONA NON GRATA themselves with the help of Andy Sneap on mixing and mastering and with Steve Lagudi at the helm of engineering.

“As a band, I’m super grateful. I’ve seen a lot of things around the world and we’re still a band that loves each other, have each other’s back, and we genuinely like to hang out with each other,” explains Holt. “Take it how you will, but I’m this band’s biggest fan. We write songs that are designed to make us feel fired up – that’s why it’s still heavy.”

Format – Limited Edition CD/BLU-RAY, Limited Edition 2LP & Limited Edition Purple/Yellow Swirl With Mint Green/Bone Splatter 2LP

TRACKLISTING (IF AVAILABLE)

CD/BLU-RAY
CD
1. Persona Non Grata
2. R.E.M.F.
3. Slipping Into Madness
4. Elitist
5. Prescribing Horror
6. The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)
7. The Years Of Death And Dying
8. Clickbait
9. Cosa Del Pantano
10. Lunatic-Liar-Lord
11. The Fires Of Division
12. Antiseed

BLU-RAY
1. Jam Camp! – Behind-The-Scenes Documentary (68:39)

2LP
SIDE A
1. Persona Non Grata
2. R.E.M.F.
3. Slipping Into Madness

SIDE B
1. Elitist
2. Prescribing Horror
3. The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)

SIDE C
1. The Years Of Death And Dying
2. Clickbait
3. The Fires Of Division

SIDE D
1. Cosa Del Pantano
2. Lunatic-Liar-Lord
3. Antiseed

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