Exodus Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my new lesson covering the style of Exodus, an American Thrash metal band formed in 1980. They had gone through numerous line-up changes, being Gary Holt (guitarist) one of the remaining members since the first years. The band has released nine studio albums in their 34 years of career and has been one of the most successful Trash metal bands.

    Music Style:
    Did you know that Kirk Hammett (Metallica) has been the founder of this band and who choose the name? Hehe just some curiosity. Exodus are pure Thrash Metal band, they started as Metallica, combining Punk Rock with Heavy Metal and helped to create this amazing genre that influenced lots of bands around the world. With the passage of time, they have been influenced by newer bands and refreshed their sound and style making it sound more modern but also Thrash and aggressive. In this lesson I covered their most recent style, which keeps the essence but introduces more modern sounds and grooves.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    Thrash Metal music is always created using minor tonalities. The most used scales/modes are Aeolian, Phrygian, Harmonic minor, minor pentatonic and diminished. In this lesson I mostly combined Aeolian with Phrygian, but you will also find some minor pentatonic. The overall tonality is D minor and that’s the scale used for melodic riffing. You will also find some harmonization in thirds that show influences of classic metal bands like Maiden and Judas Priest.

    This is mostly a rhythm metal lesson but there are also some lead guitar melodies that require soloing skills. We will use techniques like only downstrokes, alternate picking, palm muting, legato and vibrato.

    I used LePou plugins to create the guitar tone. These are free amp emulators that are extremely recommend. The cabinet used for this guitar tone is Poulin Lecto which is a Mesa Boogie Emulation. Here you can check the setting that I used:

    Click HERE to download the patch used.

    Tuning: Drop D

    Tempo: 195 BPM

    Ok metalheads! It’s time for some classic Thrash Metal!!

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