Exodus is now streaming their new single "The Years Of Death And Dying," whose lyrical content got increasingly personal for the band. According to Exodus drummer Tom Hunting, the single was originally a poem about death that only hit harder as friends and family began to pass away.
"'The Years Of Death And Dying' started out as a poem, from the perspective of Death, being a thinking entity, always watching and looking for weakness and opportunity to come calling for people," said drummer Tom Hunting. "A Grim Reaper story. We were losing legends: Bowie, Cash, Petty, Prince, Frey…the list goes on and on. Then we started losing family members and friends in our own orbit.
"Anyway, the title came first, then the poem, which became a song. I shared the lyrics with Gary, who helped inspire me with phrasing to finish it, and the guys loved it. The song is really long, and more legends kept passing right up into the moments Zet was singing it, so I had to keep writing until I had enough to complete the song. We hope you enjoy our tribute to the fallen!"
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