Zetro returns from Exodus exodus
Legendary Big 4+ thrashers Exodus have announced that the iconic Steve “Zetro” Souza (Hatriot, Dublin Death Patrol, Tenet) is returning yet again to front the band after a decade away. Souza, who most recently screeched with Exodus on the album The Tempo of The Damned in 2004, is replacing the scrappy and energetic Bam-Bam Bigelow look-alike Rob Dukes (Generation Kill) who performed ably with Exodus from 2005 to 2014 on four outstanding full-length albums.
Guitarist and founding member Gary Holt diplomatically stated:
“As a band, we all had to make a very difficult choice to part ways with 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, Lee, Jack, and myself thought a change was necessary and the unanimous choice going forward was to welcome back Steve Souza.”
Exodus have been through tumultuous times with Souza, which should be evident by the fact this is the second time Souza has come back to the band – however both parties have been putting together excellent material since their most recent parting in 2004.
Tempo Of The Damned is arguably the strongest album that Exodus ever released (with or without Souza) and if the band is able to recapture the chemistry they had together with their increasingly complex and heavy music, then the new Exodus album due later this year should be a treat for all metal fans. In a world where the future of many of the forefathers of thrash is uncertain, Exodus have an opportunity to show they have been the most consistent of their brethren in the post 2000s era.
Here’s a reminder of how powerful Souza and Exodus are together: