Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has said Exodus is set to join the annals of thrash metal legends commonly referred to as the “Big Four”, who, in addition to Ian’s own band, sport Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth.
He made this claim during an appearance on the podcast No fucking regrets with Robb Flynn, hosted – as the name suggests – by Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn.
Citing Exodus’ 1985 album “Bonded By Blood” as “the best debut album of the five of us,” said Ian (as transcribed by Blabbermouth): “The powers that be, like the mayor of heavy metal – maybe Lars [Ulrich, drummer of Metallica] needs to get a phone call – and he can decree that the âBig Fourâ should be officially replaced by the âBig Fiveâ.
âIt has always bothered me that Exodus doesn’t get representation and credit where credit is due. And I understand the “Big Four” – I understand. Because maybe all four bands were more successful in the 80s when Exodus certainly had its ups and downs and maybe not as successful in the future as some of the other groups.
“But the way I see it is if you want to look at the bands that were really there in the beginning, ‘Bonded By Blood’ had come out long before. [Megadethâs] “Killing is my business …” Dave [Mustaine, frontman of Megadeth] was in Metallica [before forming Megadeth], but Kirk [Hammett] was in Exodus [before joining Metallica]. It’s like, come on.
Exodus is scheduled to release their 11th album, “Persona Non Grata”, on November 19 via Nuclear Blast. It comes just a few months after drummer Tom Hunting was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a gastric tumor in the upper stomach. He was declared cancer-free in July after undergoing a full gastrectomy.
The group will perform at the 2022 edition of Bloodstock Open Air in Derbyshire, alongside Lamb of God, Bury Tomorrow, Vio-lence and GWAR.
Anthrax, meanwhile, recently announced a 28-date tour of Europe and the UK, which will begin in September 2022 as part of the group’s 40th anniversary celebrations.