EXODUS Split With Singer, Seek Replacement

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have parted ways with frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza.

The group, who were most recently in the process of completing the songwriting sessions for their first studio album since 1992's "Force Of Habit", are said to have split with Souza over the singer's lack of commitment to the band and his unwillingness to tour for more than a couple of weeks at a time. A replacement vocalist is currently being sought with a view towards recording a new album this spring for a late summer/early fall release.

Souza originally joined EXODUS in 1986 as a replacement for Paul Baloff, who was dismissed from the group following the release of their classic "Bonded By Blood" LP. The former LEGACY (pre-TESTAMENT) singer made his recording debut with the band on 1987's "Pleasures Of The Flesh" and remained in the group until they broke up in the early '90s. A lengthy self-imposed hiatus from the metal scene ended early last year when Souza agreed to return to the reformed band following the sudden passing of Baloff due to a stroke.

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