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Gary Holt
Exodus / Slayer

Gary Holt is a 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... More>

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Gary Holt is a 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 ESP guitars but previously used Schecter Guitar Research, 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.

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.