Guitarist | Songwriter | Exodus / Slayer (retired)
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 for many 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.
On February 12, 2011, it was announced that Holt would be temporarily filling in for Jeff Hanneman in the band Slayer. Holt also played with Slayer for the Big 4 Concert in Indio, California on April 23, 2011, as well as Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas on November 6, 2011. Holt was later confirmed to be a permanent member of Slayer, following Hanneman’s death on May 2, 2013, and stayed with the band until their split, following the conclusion of their 2018–2019 farewell tour. He also recorded guitar tracks on Slayer’s 2015 album Repentless, but did not have any writing contributions on the album, except for guitar solos
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. In 2019 he was included on “Cheapside Sloggers”, a song on Volbeat’s Rewind, Replay, Rebound.
Holt rocks on several custom-shop ESP GH-600’s, ESP LTD Kirk Hammett EKH-3 Spider 30th Anniversary single-cut, and ESP custom-shop Arrow. He’s plugging into the famed Marshall 2555X Silver Jubilee. Gary’s duo of Silver Jubilee 2555X heads hit a fearsome foursome of signature light-up 4x12s specially built by Arachnid Cabinets out of Sacramento, California. His pedalboard is home to a Does It Doom Doomsaw, Mooer Tender Octaver, Mooer Green Mile, and a Dunlop JC95SE Jerry Cantrell Special Edition Crybaby Wah. A Shure GLXD16 Digital Wireless Guitar Pedal System lets him rock untethered.