Courtesy of Loudwire

Courtesy of Loudwire

Before I read the article, I thought a fan was put in jail for posting lyrics to new Exodus songs and I thought how ridiculous is that. Then I read the article and found out that the fan was arrested after posting lyrics to the track Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer) which was off the bands 2010 album Exhibit B: The Human Condition. The reason behind James Evan’s getting arrested is that the track itself is about the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. After he posted it on his Facebook wall, several agencies were contacted and the 31 year old from Greenville, KY was thrown in jail as his arrest warrant read, “he threatened to kill students and or staff at school.” The band’s management released a statement that read, “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.” Gary Holt of Exodus also released a statement giving his own opinion that read as:

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. 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.

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.

After being locked up in jail for eight days, Evans did get a chance to speak with 14News about how he felt about the situation saying, “It’s nonsense. I feel like my civil rights have been violated. You know first amendment freedom of speech out the window. Even all the guys I was in the cell with they thought it was nonsense themselves. I had several officials tell me it was nonsense that there was no reason why I should have even been here.” Exodus is getting ready to release their new album Blood In, Blood Out with vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza returning to the fold on October 14TH.


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