Steve Souza

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Not to be confused with Steven Souza.
Steve "Zetro" Souza
Steve "Zetro" Souza on stage with Dublin Death Patrol.jpg
Steve "Zetro" Souza on stage with Dublin Death Patrol
Background information
Birth name Steven Souza
Born (1964-03-24) March 24, 1964 (age 50)
Genres Thrash metal
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1982–present
Associated acts Exodus
Hatriot
Dublin Death Patrol
Testament
Tenet

Steve "Zetro" Souza (born March 24, 1964) is an American vocalist, best known for his work with the thrash metal band Exodus from 1986 to 1992, and again from 2002 to 2004. He rejoined Exodus for a third time in 2014. Souza is also one of the two singers, with Chuck Billy, for the band Dublin Death Patrol,[1] sings for the death/thrash metal band Tenet, and recently announced his new thrash metal project Hatriot. He was also the lead singer for the thrash metal band Legacy (later known as Testament).[2]

Biography[edit]

Exodus[edit]

Zetro is best known for his time in Exodus, for whom he sang between 1986 and 1992 after being brought in to replace Paul Baloff. Before singing for Exodus, he was the lead singer for the band Legacy (which became Testament after his departure), recording one demo. At the time of his departure of Legacy, he introduced Chuck Billy to Legacy members and joined Exodus. Exodus was disbanded shortly after the release of Force of Habit. He later rejoined the reformed Exodus from 2002 to 2004. He again parted ways with the band during their South American tour later in 2004; according to Holt, Zetro bailed from the tour just as the tour was about to start.[3] This caused the split to be fairly hostile;[3] in retrospect, Zetro has admitted the blame for the circumstances, saying that it was his discontent at the time that caused the problems.[4][5]

On June 8, 2014, it was announced that Souza has rejoined Exodus.[6] He appeared on Exodus' tenth studio album Blood In, Blood Out, which is his first album with the band since 2004's Tempo of the Damned.[7]

Dublin Death Patrol[edit]

In 2006 he and Chuck Billy formed Dublin Death Patrol, an American thrash metal band. Alongside Willy Lange (Laaz Rockit). In 2007 they went on a world tour and did Fields of Rock in the Netherlands alongside Heaven & Hell, Korn, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Machine Head, Black Label Society, Hatebreed, Megadeth, Papa Roach, Slayer, Motörhead, Mastodon, Velvet Revolver, Dream Theater, Suicidal Tendencies, Amon Amarth, DragonForce, Ill Niño, and DevilDriver.

Tenet[edit]

As of August 2008, Zetro Souza is now the lead singer for the metal band TENET along with members Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory, Zimmer's Hole), Jed Simon (Strapping Young Lad, Zimmer's Hole), Glen Alvelais (Testament, Forbidden) and Gene Hoglan (Death, Unearth, Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad, Dark Angel, Testament, Zimmer's Hole, Old Man's Child). The album was eventually released in July 2009.

Hatriot[edit]

Zetro Souza has launched a brand new thrash project called Hatriot along with members Kosta Varvatakis, Justin Sakagawa, Nicholas Souza, and Cody Souza. Hatriot released their first album, Heroes Of Origin, on January 25, 2013. Hatriot's second album, Dawn of the New Centurion, was released on February 21, 2014 through Massacre Records.

Other projects[edit]

He hosted the Thrash Against Cancer benefit in 2005 at The Pound in San Francisco, and appears onstage with Testament every time they play the Bay Area.

Style[edit]

His voice is reminiscent of AC/DC's former vocalist Bon Scott, and can be heard on the AC/DC covers that Exodus recorded during the 80's, "Overdose" (on 1989's Fabulous Disaster) and "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap".

Discography[edit]

With Exodus[edit]

With Testament[edit]

With Dublin Death Patrol[edit]

With TENET[edit]

  • Sovereign (2009)

With Hatriot[edit]

References[edit]