Former Exodus guitarist Rick Hunolt: Getting fired ‘Damn Near Took Me Out’

Former Exodus guitarist Rick Hunolt: Getting fired ‘Damn Near Took Me Out’

Former EXODUS guitarist Rick Hunolt says that being fired from the band “found near took it [him] out.”

Hunolt – the other half of the famous EXODUS “H-Team” is on all studio recordings from 1985 to 2004 and helped write some of the band’s most famous songs such as. “A lesson in violence” and “Deliver us from evil” – left EXODUS after the band’s highly acclaimed reunion album from 2004, “Tempo Of The Damned”. After his departure, Hunolt was replaced by HEDNING guitarist Lee Altus.

Rick discussed his exit from EXODUS during a performance of “Put Up Your Dukes”, the new podcast hosted by ex-EXODUS singer Rob Dukes. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “During the recording of ‘Weather’, Gary [Holt, EXODUS guitarist] had just gotten clean a little before that and I was still using. But I must say, Gary Holt – my hat is off for the man for … He never sweated me. Not even did Gary say, ‘Dude, you’re a piece of shit. I’ll fire you from the band if you do not get along. ‘ He never said anything. He let it go, you know what I mean?

“I was a mess,” Rick went on. “It was all of us, but we all got better, and I did not. I fell even worse into the rabbit hole, I think, because I was just so depressed. I could not stop. I do not know what happened. .. To the point where I would lose my position in the band I had been in for over 20 years – my best friends, my life. Yes, it was dark as hell.

“One day, after spending my life, giving everything I had and the whole world to EXODUS, one day I woke up and I was not with EXODUS further,” Hunolt added. “And that morning was like … Dude, I can not even describe the feelings I have [was feeling]. I woke up and I was not with EXODUS longer, dude. It took me damn out, bro. “

Rick revealed that he was going through a particularly difficult period after divorcing EXODUS. “I had to reinvent myself as a 40-year-old, [with] two small children, “he said.” I ended up moving out of Oakland. I had to get out of there because we lived in the studio; that was bad. And then we moved in with my wife’s mother, and I got a job [discount chain] Dollar wood and I ended up working there for two or three years. I mean, I can go on and on and on. But long story short, I met a guy who knew who I was and offered me a job on his ranch. And the rest is history. He taught me to live my life and make money. “

Hunolt makes a guest appearance on EXODUS‘s new studio album, “Persona not cry”, which was released on November 19 via Records of nuclear explosions.

The San Francisco Bay Area thrashers’ new disc is the follow-up to 2014’s “Blood in blood out”, which was their first release since the departure of Dukes, the group’s lead singer through nine years, and the return Steve “Zetro” Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.

Back in April 2019, Hunolt joined again Holt and other EXODUS members Tom Jagt (drums) and Souza to perform several of the group’s classical songs during one METAL TRUST concert in San Francisco, California. Recently, Hunolt joined EXODUS on stage in August at Psycho Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The original lineup of EXODUS consisted of guitarists Kirk Hammett (now i METALLICA) and Tim Lamb, Hunting and vocalist Keith Stewart. Holt joined the band in 1981, while Kirk left two years before EXODUSs debut album, “Bound by blood”, saw the light of day.

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