EXODUS's STEVE 'ZETRO' SOUZA Follows TOM ARAYA's Advice On Thrash Metal Longevity

EXODUS's STEVE 'ZETRO' SOUZA Follows TOM ARAYA's Advice On Thrash Metal Longevity

Dave "Higgo" Higgins of Australia's long-running rock station Triple M conducted an interview with EXODUS singer Steve "Zetro" Souza and bassist Jack Gibson during this year's Soundwave festival. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Speaking about EXODUS's longevity, Souza said: "I think our sound, it's really a signature sound, and I think that goes with thrash metal in general. I mean, there's no pussyfooting around with EXODUS. It's straight aggression to the point where, here you go, thirty years later, we've released our tenth record, 'Blood In, Blood Out', and it's eleven tracks of kicking you in the ass. So I think we stayed true to our sound, we stayed true to our fans, and I think we're very fortunate to be relevant after this long, and I think that's what's kept us going so far."

He added: "Tom Araya [SLAYER] said it good one time. It was, like, twenty years ago, and I remember him saying, 'Zet, just stay heavy, and everything else will fall in place.' And if you take the advice from the man, you know what I mean?! I guess that's just the way we've kind of kept it going: just stay heavy and it will all fall in place."

Guitarist Gary Holt was unable to join his EXODUS bandmates for their current Australian tour due to his commitments with SLAYER. Replacing him for the trek is HEATHEN's Kragen Lum.

EXODUS and TESTAMENT will join forces for the "Dark Roots Of Thrash II" tour. The trek will conquer North America for five weeks, beginning April 1 in San Francisco, and will include select TESTAMENT and EXODUS festival performances. Support on the tour will come from Texas melodic metal assailants SHATTERED SUN.

EXODUS's latest album, "Blood In Blood Out", sold around 8,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on October 14, 2014 via Nuclear Blast, the CD art was illustrated by Swedish artist Pär Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUS' "Let There Be Blood".

"Blood In Blood Out" is EXODUS' first album since the departure of the band's lead singer of the past nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.

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