Exodus shared a video on its official YouTube channel recently, revealing the making of their upcoming studio album, ‘Persona Non Grata.’ According to the guitarist Gary Holt, the band doesn’t like recording an album in the studio and often prefers special places such as lake houses in which they build their own studio.
As many of you know, Exodus released its tenth studio album, ‘Blood In, Blood Out‘ on October 14, 2014. The record received generally favorable reviews, and it ranked No. 38 Billboard 200, which is the band’s highest U.S. chart position to this day.
The band planned to release a follow-up for two years later, but due to Gary Holt’s busy schedule with Slayer, it was postponed until their disbandment in 2019. The recording sessions of their eleventh studio album began in September 2020, and ‘Persona Non Grata‘ was finally completed by January 2021.
Although it was initially set for release this summer, it was rescheduled for November due to drummer Tom Hunting’s cancer diagnosis. Now, Exodus fans will get their hands on their brand new album that features 12 tracks on November 19, 2021, after waiting patiently for seven years.
Recently, Exodus uploaded a video on its official YouTube channel summarizing the making of ‘Persona Non Grata.’ In the video, the band showed clips from recording sessions in drummer Tom Hunting’s new home, in which the band built an entire studio thanks to its huge rooms, which allowed them to work.
According to Gary Holt, the band has never liked recording their albums in a studio since it provides limited space to play music. Instead, they prefer building a studio themselves in a lake house where their creativity pops and makes the recording sessions magical and unique.
In their Exodus home studio, Holt said:
“Tom and I, we discussed working on the album in the summer. That was our plan all along but we didn’t expect a global pandemic to give us so much free time to work on the record. We got together for rehearsals just him and me for quite a while up in the mountains. We just started riffing out crazy, I had a million riffs. I really started putting them together Tom.
Exodus, we never really like to do record anything in the real studio. We ran it at vacation homes in Georgian River. We’ve booked a warehouse space and built studios twice but we usually do the drums in the real studio because you need so much more input.”
“For this record, we decided that we don’t need that, we can do it on our own. Tom bought his new house which was tailor-made to be a studio with multiple rooms, a large room for drums. The guy who owned the place before was a film editor so he already had a film editing studio.
Not a fan of the usual studio recording, fighting traffic every day, and get in there. I’d rather immerse myself into the project and making a more heavy-metal summer camp. This one was the most summer campy of all of them. It was awesome.”
You can watch the video below.