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Gary Holt


1980- Exodus - guitars  
2024- Slayer - guitars  

Studio musician

2015 Slayer - guitars  

Live musician

2011-2019 Slayer - guitars  

Guest musician

1991 Panic - guitars  
2005 Hypocrisy - guitars  
2008 Destruction - guitars  
2009 Warbringer - guitars  
2009 Heathen - guitar solo  
2010 Witchery - guitars  
2015 Metal Allegiance - guitars  
2017 FB 1964 - guitar solo  
2019 Volbeat - guitar solo  
2020 Heathen - guitars  
2020 Posehn - guitar solo  
2021 Me And That Man - guitars  
2021-2022 Generation Kill - guitars  
2023 The Shredderz - guitars  
2023 Nervosa - guitars  
2023 Nukem - guitar solo  

Personal information

Born on: 04.05.1964

Gary Wayne Holt (born May 4, 1964 in Richmond, California) is an American guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the lead guitarist of Exodus.


After guitarist Tim Agnello left Exodus in 1981, Gary Holt joined the band and has been the main songwriter and the most senior member of the group ever since. Following Kirk Hammett's 1983 departure from Exodus to join Metallica, Holt kept the band going and during a lot of years, he and Rick Hunolt were referred to as the Exodus' "H-Team" guitar players. Holt is the only member of Exodus who has played on every album.

He is endorsed by Schecter Guitar Research but previously used Ibanez, Bernie Rico Jr. and Jackson Guitars. In October 2008, Holt released an instructional guitar video called "A Lesson In Guitar Violence". He also produced Warbringer's second album, Waking into Nightmares.

Musical influences

Holt's main guitar influences are Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Angus Young, Tony Iommi, Uli Jon Roth, Matthias Jabs and Ted Nugent. His favorite bands include Venom, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, early Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.

Personal life

Gary Holt is married and has 2 daughters.

Outside of music, Holt enjoys foreign and period films. He is also an avid watcher of cable news channels[2], pursuant to his interest in U.S. politics. According to Holt, the track "War is my Shepard" off the album Tempo of the Damned is a treatise of America's "pro-god" and "pro-war" stance and how he feels the two beliefs are incompatible with each other.

Holt endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, and stated:

"I used to have a lot of respect for McCain, but he realized after the dirty defeat that he suffered at the hands of George W. Bush in the South Carolina primary in the (2000) election that he can only get elected if he plays the Karl Rove tactic b.s. He's doing it. It's just one debunked lie after the other. He's the kind of guy who will tell you the sky is red, you look up and it's blue, and he won't admit he's wrong. He's playing dirty politics. Palin is just terrifying, the thought of this lady being a heart attack away from having the nuclear codes. She's crazy and she's dumb."

In the 2004 election, Holt vouched for John Kerry, but conceded:

"...They're all dirty crooks, all politicians. But at least (Kerry) wasn't a coward. He fought in Vietnam whereas George W. Bush Jr. was a draft dodger."

(Source: Wikipedia)

In 2011 he was called to replace the late guitarist Jeff Hanneman of Slayer, which was recovering from a spider bite. Holt is still touring with Slayer and has agreed to fill in following Jeff Hanneman's death on May 2, 2013.