Steve “Zetro” Souza Rejoins EXODUS

Sunday, 8th June 2014

Guitarist Gary Holt of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS has released the following statement: “As a band, we all had to make a very difficult choice to part ways with [our singer of the past nine years] Rob Dukes. We have nothing but love and admiration for him and the deepest gratitude for the hard work he has put in and the great work on some killer records. But at this time, Tom [Hunting, drums], Lee [Altus, guitar], Jack [Gibson, bass] and myself thought a change was necessary and the unanimous choice going forward was to welcome back Steve Souza [pictured] to the fold!”

Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004, adds: “I spent a great part of my life with EXODUS. That blood flows through me, [and] even not being in the band for the past 10 years, you can’t erase that chemistry. I’m very excited!”

In an interview with this very site, Souza — who currently fronts and up-and-coming thrash metal band called HATRIOT — stated about the most recent version of EXODUS and whether he would ever return to the group: “I read an interview with Slash about a month ago and he explains it very well. He said, ‘The new GUNS N’ ROSES, they’re great, but this version is not my version of GUNS N’ ROSES,’ just like this version of EXODUS is not my version of EXODUS, or this version is not Paul Baloff’s version of EXODUS. To join would be going backward.”

He continued: “Do I love singing those songs? Yeah, for the fans, it would be great. I sing some of those with HATRIOT. I’ve done so much work with this band, I can do everything my way…

“I would have to pass on [rejoining EXODUS] if that actually came up… I would say, ‘Let’s turn left.’ [And they would say] ‘No, let’s turn right.’ ‘But if you turn right, you’re going to fall off the cliff! Let’s turn left, guys. Who’s the most successful out of this business?’ But Gary says: ‘Let’s turn right.’ Okay, fine, we fall off the cliff. With HATRIOT, I get to turn left. I get to drive the Cadillac, and it’s fine with me.”

Asked if he was still on good terms with the EXODUS guys, Souza said: “Two weeks ago in Oakland, Robb Flynn [MACHINE HEAD] had a benefit show for someone who had an accident. I have an AC/DC tribute band called AC/DZ, I opened the show. Gary was there that night. We had a great conversation and talked very well, and it was awesome. It was awesome, and that’s the way it needs to be.”

He added: “Believe me, I do read the press, so I know. It was late that night and we talked about a lot of stuff, and it was cool. He said, ‘I heard you were here and I was looking for you.’

“I don’t have a problem with anybody. I’m good with everybody. I get along with everybody and don’t have anything bad to say.”