Posted in metal | music on September 4, 2014

a 2013 Exodus show (more by Fred Pessaro)
Exodus

14 News in KY reports:

The family of 31-year-old James Evans says he's very into music and often posts song lyrics and videos on Facebook, but they never imagined those innocent posts would land him in jail.

Family members say Evans posted the following on Facebook on August 24:

"Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate. Class dismissed is my hypothesis, gun fire ends in debate."

The family says it's lyrics from the song "Class Dismissed" by the band Exodus.

Mike Drake, the Muhlenberg County school resource officer, says multiple agencies received calls concerned about the post.

So Evans was arrested for terroristic threatening.

The warrant says Evans was arrested because, "he threatened to kill students and or staff at school."

Exodus responds:
The band EXODUS does not promote or condone terrorists, threats or bullying. That being said, the band is somewhat baffled by the fact that this man being charged for what seems against his first amendment rights of Freedom of Speech.

"The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society," states EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt. "James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song 'Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)' was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked up behavior. It was the Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive."

Gary continues, "As some of us in EXODUS are parents, of course these things hit close to home, it's every parent's worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares, and life, as well as music, isn't always pretty. But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band, including EXODUS, and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society."

sigh...

Exodus is touring with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies this fall, and will release Blood In, Blood Out via Nuclear Blast Records on October 14, 2014.

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Comments (28)

TYPICAL
SAUSAGE
NONSENSE

#TSN

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2014 6:53 PM

If you see something, say something.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2014 7:05 PM

If you see something, say something.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2014 7:05 PM

Is that Kerry King's boyfriend there?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2014 7:10 PM

Rob Dukes..no longer in Exodus..

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2014 7:22 PM

Doesn't the constitution define a sausage as 7/10th of a man?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2014 7:28 PM

The USA is filled with drooling morons. But it's the best nation on earth. So I guess I'm fuct.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2014 7:35 PM

not orwell, it's huxley time, like postman said

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2014 8:59 PM

Who are the bigger morons here - the people who put the guy in jail for posting words on the internet or the people who wrote or posted the empty-headed words in the first place?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2014 9:22 PM

Is it really the best nation on Earth? It isn't even a democracy anymore. We work more hours, have worse health care, higher illiteracy and infant mortality than many other nations.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2014 10:12 PM

End Sausage Persecution!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2014 10:17 PM

Exodus wrote the gayest metal song of all time, "Toxic Waltz." It wasn't a waltz, and it was gay, both in spirit and lyrics. That has little to do with this, but needs to be said.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2014 10:19 PM

^ that may very well be so, but they sure do know how to suck a mean dick at #SVGH

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2014 11:00 PM

I hope every person reading this dies immediately. Thank you for your cooperation

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2014 11:55 PM

10:19, fuckin hilarious bro.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2014 12:15 AM

Tank Abbot?

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2014 12:50 AM

There are a lot of bands that cant even get arrested in this town and now look at this guy... Sheesh

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2014 12:58 AM

Snitches Get Stitches

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2014 12:58 AM

Just got done at the #SVGH boy it felt good to have some nubile twink drain my balls onto an Exodus record.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2014 1:22 AM

7:35 In how many countries have you lived thus far? Tool !

Posted by ME | September 5, 2014 2:45 AM

This Gary guy's response seems very inteligent to me. No sarcasm.

Posted by ME | September 5, 2014 2:47 AM

I'm sorry, yes it's a bit fucked up that he got arrested for it, but hasn't anyone else seen instances where they saw lyrics posted on facebook, and some dopey relative of the person responds "R U OK????", meanwhile the status is a line from an Evanescence song or some bullshit? People are stupid, the guy probably considers himself "edgy" which is why he posted the lyrics. I don't see why else he would post those specific lines unless he wanted to get a reaction out of people. Well, he got a reaction.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2014 7:13 AM

the first 50 seconds of this are gold, vintage exodus. turn the volume up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBzsszKSdhs

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2014 8:22 AM

^ fix'd that for ya, bra

"the first 5 seconds of this are comedy gold, vintage exodus. don't be drinking milk while watching."

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2014 12:22 PM

man arrested for posting Eponymous lyrics

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2014 12:36 PM

Really ? You people strap babies to a table, naked, with their legs spread, then grab their baby privates and cut and slice pieces of it, yet THIS surprises you ? LOL crazy murrifats

Posted by Freiheit | September 6, 2014 5:59 PM

No one ever got locked up for posting lyrics from Sp1n D0ctors

I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2014 12:09 AM

"31-year-old James Evans"

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2014 8:30 PM

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