"Blood In Blood Out", the video for the title track of the new album from San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Shan Dan Horan of the Shadow Born Group (BUCKCHERRY, CARNIFEX, WINDS OF PLAGUE) and it features hundreds of dedicated Bay Area fans that came out in droves to perform as extras in the video after a wide casting call.
"'Blood In Blood Out' was exactly the kind of video we wanted and needed to make… unbridled energy, violence, blood and our Bay Area friends and family at the center of attention! Just as they should be," states EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt.
"I hate making videos and this one was so much fun, I actually caught myself saying things I never would say before! 'Let's run through it again!'"
EXODUS vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza adds: "Typical and sheer violence, straight-up aggressive and in your fucking face!
"Watching this video kind of reminds me of 'Fight Club', but awesome action and awesome violence, perfect for the title track of the new EXODUS album, 'Blood In Blood Out'!"
Says director Shan Dan Horan: "Directing this music video has been a pleasure. Having the task to find hundreds of metal heads to fill up a dark room with very limited time seemed like a tough task. What I found, however, was an overwhelming response from some of the most positive and energetic fans I've ever met. I feel honored to have played a small role in that. Old metalheads, young ones, to even a guy that showed up in his wheelchair. The fact of the matter is everyone was accepted and everyone picked up their brethren when they would fall in the pit. To me that's what 'Blood In Blood Out' is about. While we all come from different backgrounds — once a metalhead, always a metalhead. That's something that stays in your blood."
"Blood In Blood Out" sold around 8,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band's previous CD, "Exhibit B: The Human Condition", opened with around 4,600 units back in May 2010 to land at No. 114.
EXODUS' 2007 effort, "The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A", registered a first-week tally of 3,600 copies.
"Blood In Blood Out" was released in North America on October 14 via Nuclear Blast. The CD art was illustrated by Swedish artist Pär Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUS' "Let There Be Blood".
"Blood In Blood Out" is EXODUS' first album since the departure of the band's lead singer of the past nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.