Steve "Zetro" Souza - Exodus
Exodus are back in black,13 times more deranged. Their latest collateral damage incorporates the absolute best lessons in violence, culled from over 30 trained years of being bonded by blood, and as a force of habit - dynamically driven to thrash under pressure.
The pleasures of 'Blood In Blood Out' just have to be heard, but I will flesh out the essentials. A changing of the guard has occurred, and after a decade, Steve "Zetro" Souza returns to forward the band, marching to the tempo of the damned, pouring more salt in the wound, ready to harvest his body of work, sealed with a fist, wrapped in the arms of rage.
I spoke with "Zetro" about the new experiences in his life, and what it means to still spread the seeds of hate and corruption. His contributions always guarantee an imminent impact, but are seldom a mere last act of defiance, so enjoy this fabulous test matter of discussion...
MettleAngel: Hey Man, it is good to speak with you again. Our last phone conversation was in February to promote your second release with Hatriot. I assume the band is still very much active.
MettleAngel: I am sure the lyrics will be excellent, as always, as well as the joy of working with your two sons. I realize you had to learn the new Exodus material rather quickly when you rejoined, and that the music was mostly completed. Were you able to contribute anything lyrically?
MettleAngel: There is no denying your distinctive sound. It is like with Eric Cartman, you just know the voice.
MettleAngel: It has been already ten years since 'Tempo', but the new album may even be better. There are some sick riffs, and the songs kick serious ass.
MettleAngel: That song is the perfect follow-up to "Toxic Waltz" and "Bonded By Blood". I just watched the lyric video and then told all my friends to check it out, shortly thereafter. They were amazed. I hope you will be playing that one live.
MettleAngel: I hope to see you headline and hear more of the classics. I am tired of the same old set-list. I am cool with you doing "Blacklist" and "War Is My Shepard", but enough with the Dukes' era, we want to hear songs from 'Pleasures', 'Fabulous', Impact', and 'Habit'.
MettleAngel: I hope the band decides to play older material too. I know you recently did "Brain Dead". You play "Last Act" with Hatriot. I assume you enjoyed working with Chuck Billy on "BTK". Over the years, you have written so many lyrics for Testament, and of course your enduring work with DDP.
MettleAngel: That is so crazy because in the '80s when you were promoting 'Fabulous' and Testament released 'Practice', the bands were bitter rivals.
MettleAngel: Kindly ask Chuck to make a request on Facebook for fans to choose their own set-list of songs that they really want to hear. I guarantee it will be the classics, more than material from the last few albums.
MettleAngel: You are 50, so you have to keep healthy. I chuckle at how Gary has a Grizzly Adams beard, and is now a vegan, but he still writes ragin' riffs, and I am sure he has his hands full with Slayer. I was greatful you stayed in touch by texting me this year. I know you appreciated it when I sent you pictures of my 'Objection Overruled' cassingle and 'Trial By Fire'.
MettleAngel: Tell Chuck I just bought a 'New Order' shirt at Hot Topic, because my original longsleeve no longer fits me, and I, like you, need to get in better shape. It is always a blast chatting with you. I hope to see you in December.