Exodus guitarist Gary Holt recently joined an interview on Put Up Your Dukes Podcast hosted by ex-Exodus singer Rob Dukes. Holt revealed which albums Kirk Hammett contributed to during his time within the band and after he left.

As you probably know, the guitarist Kirk Hammett was one of the founding members of Exodus before joining Metallica. They started to make a name after playing at various parties and school events. In 1982, the band released a 3-track demo tape, which was the only record Hammett contributed to during his tenure within the band. In early 1983, Kirk decided to leave Exodus to join Metallica.

Later on, Kirk Hammett, as the founding member of the band, contributed to the song, ‘Impaler,’ which was featured in Exodus’ sixth studio album, ‘Tempo of the Damned.’ During the podcast conversation, Gary Holt reflected on his contributions to the Exodus records and revealed that Hammett also wrote two riffs for the band’s debut album, ‘Bonded by Blood,’ released in 1985.

Holt said he had already written some of the riffs while Hammett was still in the band. Hammett contributed to the two riffs, but the rest was written after he left. Holt explained that they hadn’t used any Hammett riffs until his appearance on the track, ‘Impaler.’ Holt also added that one of the first songs they finished after Hammett’s departure was ‘Strike of the Beast.’ When he finished the song, he made Hammett listen to it and received his advice on some parts of the riffs.

Gary Holt speaking on Kirk Hammett’s contribution to the Exodus records:

“There were riffs that I had written while Kirk was still in the band, and he tried to adapt them, tried to change them a little bit — the old, ‘I changed it a little bit. I’m a co-writer on this riff.’ And that was, like, two riffs, I think. And the rest of them were written after he left.

We never used a Kirk Hammett riff, ever, until ‘Tempo Of The Damned’ when we recorded ‘Impaler’. The first two songs finished post-Kirk Hammett were ‘Strike Of The Beast’ and ‘No Love.’ The biggest talent I have, if you wanna call it a talent, is my f*cking memory. I can remember f*cking everything. I remember showing him…

I can picture it as a film, showing Kirk the riff to ‘Strike Of The Beast,’ and I can picture it as if I’m watching it on a film — in the jam room, me in my spot where I played him and him wanting to change the higher note to a lower note; I remember it all as if I’m watching a movie of it. I remember all of it — every last minute of it. I remember details from f*cking most meaningless shit.”

You can watch the full podcast conversation below.